Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G A-mount lens review by MinoltaMaxxum
|MinoltaMaxxum#14233 date: Apr-25-2015|
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|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
* 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.|
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.