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

reviewer#39939 date: Sep-21-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 AF 70-210mm F4 "Beercan"
Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II PZD
Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro (D)
price paid:€ 800 (Used)
positive:* High build quality
* Very fast AF
* Nice colours
* Great sharpness
* Smooth zoom
* Compact for a 80-200mm F2.8 zoom
negative:* Front element rotates during focus
* Tripod collar non-removable
* No distance encoding
* Paint scratches easily
comment:Got a very nice looking copy, almost no scratches on it. Looks impressive on the A77II, but not too big.

Built is great: metal all over the place. It has a nice focus hold button on it. The lens also has e tripod collar, that has 2 holes for the different sizes of screws. Unfortunately, it cannot be removed.

This lens gives you absolutely great photos, it is more than a match for the 24MP megapixel sensor of the A77II. This means it will be a great match for the A99II as well. The beercan is way behind this lens in every aspect, except price of course..

Sharpness is great. From all the lenses in than focal range I own, only the 100mm Macro comes close.

Focus speed is lightning fast, equal to a modern SSM lens. It is screw driven, so you can hear it focus and feel the torque of the mechanics in the lens. If you use it for video, you clearly can hear the AF. The front element rotates when focusing; not so great when using e.g. polar filters.

Colours are very nice and warm. CA is well controlled.

All in all, if you can live with the noise and feel of the screw drive, this lens is a very good and cheaper alternative to the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 SSM G lenses.

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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