Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G A-mount lens review by tomiZG

reviewer#10737 date: Nov-29-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4
Tamron 70-200
Sigma 70-200 HSM ii
price paid:750 € (used)
positive:- sharp
- white
- Minolta
- sharp
- white
- Bokeh
- light and smaller
negative:- why haven't we met earlier?!
- 72mm, not 77mm
comment:Now, this is what a lens should be. It's my 4th tele-zoom and the only problem with this lens I have is that I am sorry we haven't met earlier.

This lens is sharp at 200mm at 2.8 on Full frame. That says it all.

It's more compact than the other 2.8 telezooms. Focus is accurate and spot on. It has this torque sound and feeling like the beercan and other metal Minolta zooms but it's so solidly built that I don't care. Of course the Sigma HSM is a different story but the Minolta is a large upgrade for me compared to my last zoom, the hsm ii. (HSM died after 2 months use :-/ )

My only concern is the unusual filter size of 72 mm, but that's not Minolta's problem, it's mine.

Portraits are wonderful. Bokeh is wonderful. At 2.8 vignetting is prominent and setting +0,3 EV helps. But center sharpness is awesome at 2.8, at both ends.

A pro lens asking for no compromise.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 97
  • sharpness: 4.88
  • color: 4.97
  • build: 4.94
  • distortion: 4.93
  • flare control: 4.76
  • overall: 4.90
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