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

reviewer#16310 date: Jul-16-2015
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 35-105 original
Minolta 28-135
Sony 70-300G
Sony 70-400G
ZZ 85 1.4
ZA 135 1.8
Sigma 50 1.4 (not the art lens)
price paid:$800 CAN used
positive:Super sharp - even wide open.
Most pleasing colour of all my lenses.
Great bokeh.
Fast focussing.
negative:Focus hit or miss in low light.
Flare control OK, but not as good as newest lenses.
Screw drive focus fairly loud.
comment:This is my most favourite zoom lens. The colours I find truly fabulous for sports and street shooting. Its very sharp with great bokeh. I just love it on my A99 and often elect to forgo wide angle and use it as my main lens for a days outing. (With a Canon G1x for everything else.) I have twice used this for different 2 day events alternating the days with my ZA 135 1.8. Though of course the Zeiss made some special magic, so did the 80-200 2.8. I was equally happy with the images from both lenses. I have owned 2 copies. Both excellent. Highly recommended. If the right deal comes along, I may try out the Sony 70-200 one day.... but I am not at all sure I will choose it after comparing them. ;) I got mine at a screaming deal.. but I think it is worth what they go for. :)

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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