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

reviewer#45832 date: Feb-6-2022
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-200 RXD
Tokina AF 35-200 SD
Minolta MD 50-135 F3.5
Sigma 50-150 F2.8 EX DC HSM II
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Vivitar 70-150 F3.8
Tamron 70-180 F2.8 VXD
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO
Sony FE 70-200 F4 G OSS
Canon EF 70-200 F4 L USM
Vivitar S1 70-210 F3.5 I & II
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 80-200 F2.8 APO G
Tokina 80-200 F2.8 AT-X Pro
Vivitar 85-205 F3.8
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
Minolta AF 135 F2.8
Canon EF 135 F2.8 Softfocus
Canon EF 200 F2.8 L USM
Minolta AF 200 F2.8 APO G
Minolta AF 200 F2.8 HS APO G
price paid:339 USD (used)
positive:Internal zoom
Corner performance
Blunt, heavy weapon
negative:Size and weight
Extending/rotating front focus
Plastic focus ring
Non-removable tripod foot
1.8 meter minimum focus
comment:I made the mistake of adding this lens to my watch list. It was described as being in poor condition "with heavy internal fungus". I got an email offering a discount which I accepted without checking the listing closely. Unlike the previous older black version, the body was in good condition, but the glass did have fungus. It certainly isn't the worst I've seen. "JAPAN"

The hood bayonet doesn't extend or rotate, so the lens can seem like an internal focus design with the hood installed. The aluminum barreled hood is like those included early telephoto zooms. The hood edge had some heavy wear and there was some sort of cloth tape coming loose on the joint between the metal and plastic parts.

This copy had even worse alignment than the older version perhaps caused by the fungus. The focus speed didn't seem any faster than the older version.

I might try a better example in the future.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 99
  • sharpness: 4.87
  • color: 4.96
  • build: 4.93
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.88
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