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

reviewer#14233 date: Apr-25-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:* Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
* Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO
* Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP AF Di VC USD
* Minolta 70-210mm f/4 AF "Beercan"
* Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 AF "Original"
* Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT
price paid:730 USD (used)
positive:* Beautiful Bokeh, colour pop and contrast
* Incredibly sharp wide open
* Fast and accurate auto focus
* Tough, built to last build quality
* Lens hood included
* Cheap compared to other 70-200mm f/2.8 lens
* Everything
negative:* Heavy
* Long minimal focus distance
* Auto focus torque and noise
comment:After using the Sigma 85mm 4/1.4 I wanted to try and compliment the lens on the Sony a99 body. Being an older lens, I did not have higher expectations of the Minolta 80-200mm until I took it out for the second time outdoors in natural light shoot in overcast conditions.

Wow!

The lens coatings handled flare with ease and the lens did not have the gold and brownish tinge or prone to loss of contrast than the cheaper first generation Minolta AF lens.

The colours are beautiful and comparable to more modern lens.

The Bokeh is beautiful and more easily accessible compared to the smaller aperture Beercan.

The lens is incredibly sharp wide open and does not show weakness compared to other lens on the Sony a99 - at f/2.8-3.5 I thought I was shooting at the f/5.6 sharpness of a prime lens.

Autofocus speed is one of the fastest I have used.

Lens torque is not as bad as what I thought - a little more than the Beercan however more noticeable due to size and weight. The noise is also noticeable however since it focuses faster than the Beercan it is not as obtrusive.

The minimal focus distance is quite long however for outdoor portraits not much of an issue.

The price, at a 1/3 of other 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, is the icing on the cake.

This is the first lens I have used that I will keep forever.


The perfect keeper lens.

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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