Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G A-mount lens review by RichardGG24
|RichardGG24#45606 date: Oct-24-2020|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 150-600 f5-6.3 G2|
Minolta 70-200 f2.8
Minolta 70-210 f4
|price paid:||420USD (used)|
|positive:||build like a tank|
somewhat compact but heavy
easy to find on eBay
common filter size
|negative:||violent focus action (to be expected for screw drive motor)|
average flare control
not weather sealed
|comment:||got my copy from a Japanese seller on eBay, for about 460 after shipping and tax. |
IMO, this is the best "value" high-end zoom tele lens for the A mount platform, you can find a pristine copy on eBay for about $500 before tax and shipping (as of Oct 2020).
Optically, it is pretty much on par with the sony/minolta 70-200 f2.8, very sharp even at wide open, but flare control is only okay-ish. On the other hand, the screw drive AF motor in this lens is significantly louder and more violent, but considering the much lower price, I can certainly live with that. This is no doubt the perfect substitute for those who don't want to shill out 1000USD+ for a decent copy of sony/minolta 70-200 f2.8.
It isn't exactly fair to compare this with the good ole beercan (minolta 70-210 f4), nor the much newer Tamron 150 600 G2. But since I have both of them, I'll do a quick comparison anyway.
This lens is wayyyyyy better than the beercan pretty much in every way imaginable, of course except its size, weight and price.
Comparing to the Tamron, which is an amazing lens in its own right. This lens is faster and about as sharp. But keep in mind, that Tamron also has significantly longer focal length, and better flare control.
If you ever come across a good copy of this lens, definitely pick it up, this is indeed a hell of a lens, for its price, you just can't beat its optical performance.