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

reviewer#44126 date: Aug-26-2018
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:Beer can
Big beer can
Sony FE 70-210 f4
Sony A 70-300 G
Sony A 70-400 G
Minolta AF 200/2.8 HS
Minolta MD 200/2.8
Contax C/Y 80-200 and 100-300
price paid:$600
AF speed and accuracy
negative:Flare control is only average
comment:Got a sort of battered copy with a lot of lost paint, but that is only cosmetics, this lens really shines on the A99II. AF is fast and accurate even for moving subjects and AF-C. I shoot a lot of dressage and get around a 90% hit rate and most of the 10% is user error.
Sharpness up to 135mm is good wide open and insane (truly) from f4. At 200mm it's still very good. I've used the FE 70-210 f4 a lot and it doesn't even come close.
Bokeh is great and what I like the most is the very smooth transition zone creating av very special 3D effect. I know, talking about 3D effect is silly when you are working in 2D, but in this case it is sort of valid. This lens makes things in focus stand out from the back- and foreground in a very special way.
Colors are warm and very much Minolta like. Can be an advantage, like for evening shots, or portraits that gets even warmer and creamier, but also work against you when you need more cooler, more natural and true Zeiss like tones.
Still, so happy I got this lens. It's not only a good lens, it's one of those rare ones that makes you better than you are.

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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