Tokina 70-210mm F4-5.6 SD AF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 24   
reviewer#16295 date: Jul-5-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Lots of Minolta and Sony lenses, including at least six zooms that cover the 100-200mm range
price paid:£11-95 UKP
positive:Solid, sharp
negative:Heavy!
comment:My copy is labelled 'Sirius 70-210mm compact macro focussing zoom' for Minolta Maxum, and has green writing instead of white as in pics, plus the macro range picked out in bright orange!
Minimum focus distance in the scale is 1.1m not 1.3m as in database.
I haven't used this a lot as I have several other Minolta and Sony alternatives and eventually sold it, but it seemed to do a reasonable job on both film and APS-C.
My copy had some light fungus on the inside of the front element, but this was pretty easy to remove and clean, and it cleaned up perfectly.
reviewer#12018 date: Nov-4-2014
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:-Nikon 55-200
price paid:$50
positive:-Sharp
-Nice Bokeh
-Good color
-Tank like build
negative:-Slight noisy AF
comment:Own this lens (Nikon mount) for mere $50 and used it on my Nikon d300. Surprise, surprise. Picture came out to be sharp and good color contrast. The bokeh is nice too. Comparing this to a Nikon 55-200, the only losing point is the VR where this lens is missing, but other than that, this lens is surprisingly the best for its price. Some links to sample shots from this lens:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36042972@N08/15688371751/sizes/l/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36042972@N08/15690291245/sizes/l/in/photostream/
reviewer#11871 date: Jun-19-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 70-210 3.5-5.6
price paid:$25 USD (Used)
positive:Sharp (enough to cut).
Quick accurate focus.
Color & build.
negative:Small MF ring.
Follow focus and selecting focus points not available (on my A77II, not sure on other models).
comment:Has instantly become my new favorite lens. How sharp this lens was, was completely unexpected. Wasn't expecting what I got for a mere $25 ! It has it's quirks, like a miniature size focus ring, won't let you select focus points or use follow focus (on my A77), but those aside, this is a MOST ASTOUNDING lens for the price. UNFORTUNATELY a lot of the new focus capabilities are not available with the A77II with this lens.
reviewer#10493 date: Sep-7-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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 f4.5 70-210mm (I)
Minolta f4.5 100-200mm
Sigma f4 75-300mm APO
Other Sigma, Sony
price paid:25 GBP
positive:Well built, solid.
Small size.
Nice colours.
negative:Sharpness,
comment:It's not as sharp as I was hoping especially given that it's super low dispersion glass. But this is a comparison with great Minolta glass.
However it was only £25 and was unused in the box !
reviewer#10384 date: Jul-15-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 75-300mm
Tokina 75-300mm
Sigma 28-105mm
price paid:70 CAD (Used)
positive:Solid Build Quality
Beautiful Colors
Sharp
negative:Very Difficult to Manual Focus
Loud Auto Focus
comment:This was the first lens I bought off eBay for my then new/used a200. I really didn't know what I was getting except that the price was hard to resist.

I was immediately impressed by the build quality, especially at the time having on the the "kit" 18-55mm Sony to compare with. It was almost apples and oranges comparison with Sony's light plastic feel and Tokina's solid steel build.

I left the lens sitting for a while until recently when I upgraded to the a77. I went camping over the July 4th weekend and brought this plus an assortment of other lenses. Surprisingly this lens stayed on my camera most of the time, the foliage, sun's rays and ambient light was picked up so well with the lens.

Fairly sharp at most focal lengths and apertures, but it's the build and color that really makes this lens a gem.

The focus is a bit noisy which wouldn't be such an issue, if the manual focus was actually usable. You can't grip the focus ring at 70mm focal length, you need to extend it past 90-100mm to get a decent hold to make the rotations.

While not a perfect lens by any means, especially with superior ranges of modern lenses. However, for $60-80 on eBay you really can't go wrong with this ruggedly sharp zoom.

If you can find one you won't be disappointed with it's perfomence, as long as you go in knowing what it;s limits are.
reviewer#10257 date: May-31-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Cost
negative:"no lens attached" on my A100
comment:Sadly, this garage sale "find" did not work on my A100.
It has serial number 8701618.
The thing looks brand new. The site will not let me enter this without ratings so the rating numbers are random.
reviewer#9539 date: Oct-28-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 1
overall: 3.5
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:Sony 75-300
price paid:64 GBP
positive:Good crisp images. Great Colour. Small and light. Build quality is good.
negative:Has to be used with Single AF.
Flare
comment:Nice, clean and light lens. Good image quality and colour.

Doesn't like AF on any setting other than single. Used with continuous AF introduces lens shake. Flare is a problem but because it's small and light can be easily shaded with the hand; my copy came without a lens hood, with a hood it's much better and flare isn't a big problem. Don't even try and manually focus it, the focus ring is tiny and ineffective. All of these problems are not that big, really. It's a useful and competent addition to your camera bag and a great walkabout lens.

Glad I got it.
reviewer#8458 date: Dec-28-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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 70-210/4
price paid:75 EUR (new)
positive:+ sharp from F5.6
+ built like a tank
+ relatively small
negative:- no hood and no digital coatings
- MF is almost impossible
- CA wide open
comment:Got a never used boxed version of this rare lens since the beercan which I can borrow from my father is just too large.

Sharpness is great and easily matches the beercan at all comparable apertures. It's one stop slower at the tele end, but it's smaller for that.

Even though it features SD (ED equivalent) glass, it has more axial CA than the beercan wide open. Stopping down 2/3rd's of a stop gets rid of it completely.

Also of note is that the focus ring is so small and offers no friction that manual focus is nearly impossible.

Flare is an easy problem, since it has no hood and no digital coatings. I use my hand to solve such problems, however it may not work for everyone.
reviewer#8192 date: Nov-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 70-210 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 (New)
price paid:£17 GBP used
positive:Compact
Optically good
Competent without being outstanding
negative:Weight
Filter size
No hood
comment:Good budget lens, at least half the price of the others and probably only 10-15% behind them in performance.

Very well built and worth the money, producing pleasing results.
reviewer#8070 date: Oct-10-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Sony DT18-70, Minolta 35-70 f4, Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5, Minolta 28-135. Minolta 75-300mm
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:30 USD used
positive:Sharpness,Color,Build,weight,Price
negative:Soft Edges
comment:Original got this sleeper to pair up with the kit lens. It has turned my photography around and has fueled my curiosity for other old lens.
I use this lens and the Minolta 35-105 constantly, you don't get the 3D effect of a Minolta glass but the clarity and color are on a par.
Highly recommend this lens if your on a budget.
Serial No.9103627

Update 08-25-11
Stripped the gears on the original and picked up another for the same price, although this one is a later a model, with AF printed on a white background.
This model is more consistent and sharper at 200mm and the colors are more saturated than the first lens.
Much lighter and convenient for all day trekking compared to my big Minolta zooms.
Do your self a favor and grab one at these prices nothing compares.




reviewer#7813 date: Aug-12-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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
Minolta 100-200
price paid:$40.00
positive:Inexpensive
great color
very nice IQ
excellent sharpness at all lengths
nice solid build
negative:a bit tight zoom
comment:A real sleeper! At this price, I expected significantly different and less appealing results. Lighter and shorter than the Beer Can, about the same as the 100-200, but the results were stellar for this price range lens. I am really anxious now to get out and shoot it a lot more and strongly feel it will become a nice walk about lens.

Bokeh is good, AF was a little slower than either the beer can or the 100-200, but was still acceptable. the lens tends to hunt quite a bit if the subject is close, could be the settings I had the camera at as I noticed it less when using manual mode and in AF. Color isn't quite as crisp as the Beercan and I found I have to stop down some to achieve the same levels or close to the Beercan. The build is excellent and I think comparable to many of the Minolta lenses. I am pleased with the performance of this lens.

Overall, I would say this is an often overlooked gem that can give astonishing results, a lot more than expected.
reviewer#7543 date: Jun-9-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Sigma 70-210
Sony 18-70
Sigma 70-300 Macro Super II
price paid:25 USD used
positive:Solid build
Sharp stopped down
Nice color
Bargain
negative:None as of now
comment:Just grabbed this off of Ebay for 25 USD based on the previous reviews and so far so good... See a series I snapped on the way home from work today not even stopped down taken
@ F/4 while moving @ 45 MPH - I wasn't driving :^)
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/topic26675_post713437.html#713437
Movin

I have nothing more to add other than what others have already said... a hidden gem.
Oh, works fine on my A200 - serial # 4100137
reviewer#6611 date: Dec-20-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:sony sal1780
Minolta 50 f1.7 RS
Minolta 24 f2.8
price paid:€25
positive:Good bulld
low price
negative:small mf ring
comment:My first telelens, to try if I would use the rang.
I like the pictures, did not have any problems with flare.
This is a lens to stay.
For the prices this lens sells, you cant go wrong.

(no problems with no lens attached sn: 9010475)
reviewer#6523 date: Dec-5-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 3.5-5.6/18-70, Minolta:Beercan 70-210mm f4, 35-70mm f4, 50mm f1.7, 135mm f2.8 Minolta 28-135, Tokina 28-70 2.8 AT-X, Tokina SD 70-210
price paid:EUR 25
positive:Works A55/A33

price, quality, size
negative:nothing really
comment:Shhhhh, don't tell anyone this lens is any good, or I might find the Minolta glass I own falling in value.

I bought this as part of a lot which had a F 2.8 lens I wanted. I've given it a nominal value of EUR 25, which is what I have seen them selling for on Ebay quite often.

I have the beercan, which is great. But you know what? This lens isn't much different in terms of the results you can get. They are both sharp, focus similarly well, have good colours. I find it difficult to critically compare the two. The Beercan is an icon, and those who have it love it. The Tokina is like having a Skoda. The new ones are great. They are really VWs with a Czech badge, but it is not seen as classy as the "original". So the drivers don't brag about what they have, they just use it with the smugness of getting the same results of driving a fully loaded Passat for Golf money.

Sure, I'd rather be seen with the "VW" beercan around my neck, but I'm keeping the "Skoda" Tokina so that when I buy second Sony body that my wife has a zoom that she can easily handle from the weight, and where she doesn't moan that I keep the good stuff just to myself... and can still shoot with great results.

Maybe if I push myself, I'd say that the Beercan has the edge... but only just. If you don't have a 70-210 zoom, this one is really good value, and 75-80% cheaper that the Beercan.

UPDATE Jan 2011: Works on A55. No compatibility issues on my lens with SLT body. It is a nicer size on the smaller body than a beercan, however, beercan still has the edge. However to travel light the Tokina is more compact in the bag.
reviewer#6505 date: Dec-2-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 70 210 f4, Minolta 75 300.
price paid:U$S 90
positive:Al precio en que se lo puede conseguir, buena construcción, muy buena nitidez, af rapido
negative:Al enfocar Ruidoso, falta de un parasol para Evitar el brote.
comment:No tan nitido como el Beercan en 210mm pero su tamańo y peso que hace en salidas fotograficas que Llevan varias horas el mar mas accesible, que en cambio el Minolta 70 210 f4 Beercan nos dificulta demasiado por su peso.
reviewer#6354 date: Nov-9-2009
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 70-210 Beercan
Tamron 70-300 di ld macro.
Sigma 70-300 DG Macro
price paid:Ł45
positive:My copy is super sharp.
Smooth zoom.
Metal body and glass elements.
Beautiful colours.
Quick quiet AF
Wonderfull build quality.
negative:Small manual focus ring (but I've never needed it)
comment:Had this one for ages and dont really use it enough, I never thought another lens could touch the 'beercan' for sharpness and colour in the non 'G' lens price range, but this one does! Excellent bokeh and good flare control with the rubber hood I am using, no noticeable CA either. It came as part of a 3 lens job lot off ebay for Ł45, the other 2 will be sold on eventually (AF 35-70 and 28-80Xi), but I just cant part with this one...
reviewer#6308 date: Nov-1-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 used to own this lens
compared to:-Minolta AF 70-210 f4
-Minolta AF 70-210 f4.5-5.6
-Quantaray AF 70-210 f4-5.6
-Tamron AF 70-210mm f3.5-4.5
price paid:65usd (mint) with sh
positive:-Metal build
-Compact compared to beer can
-Good feel
-price
negative:-52mm filter size
-could be faster
-hard to find with original hood
-not comfy for manual focusing
comment:I had two of these lenses. One little bit older,but both came in mint condition.
I have a few nice shots with it, but i prefer beer can better.
More compact and lighter than Tamron 70-210.
Great for low cost dslr. This is the real bargain.
On A700 AF seemed to work faster than on the A100.
reviewer#6227 date: Oct-15-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:SAL 55-200mm
price paid:25 USD
positive:* Compact
* Well built
* Sharp enough
negative:* Rather slow
* Rather heavy for its size
* Poor focus ring
* Long MFD
* You have to be careful to get a working copy
comment:Sadly, my copy is 'no lens attached' on my A200. It's not unusable though - you may use it 'wide open' in full manual mode, and you can use it with a chipped TC (which miraculously causes it to be detected).

I've done both, so this review is based off that experience.

I find that it does a pretty decent job wide open. I see some softness on the long end, but not bad. I bet stopping down just a little would do the trick - too bad I can't! :)

I didn't see it mentioned in other reviews but, using it in manual mode, the tiny focusing ring became quite a nuisance. In fact when the lens isn't extended there's just a tiny rim around the front of the lens that you can turn. Once you extend the lens you can grip the barrel and use that to focus.

If I use it with my 1.4X TC, the camera detects it properly (making SSS and aperture controls work).

With a TC, it's more difficult to get good results with any lens. However, if the light is good and I can achieve good focus, it's actually capable of performing as well as my SAL 55-200mm on the same TC.

Even if the Tokina worked fully, I still think the 55-200mm would be a better choice. The SAL 55-200mm is quite cheap also, focuses closer, is lighter, and is wider. On the other hand, the Tokina can be found for almost nothing if you're really poor. Just make sure you get a copy with a chip that works on your body, or be prepared to accept its limitations!
reviewer#5905 date: Aug-25-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 70-210 (f/4.5-5.6), 35-105 (3.5-4.5), 28-105 xi, Sony 18-70
price paid:26 Euro (used)
positive:sharp, well built, compact, good color
negative:not much, really, especially for the price!
comment:Very impressive for a moderately long zoom that occasionally sells for next to nothing on eBay. It can be very sharp throughout the range, sometimes even without stopping down. (See sample photos posted here.) It seems to perform much better than the Minolta 70-210, but it's an unfair comparison: I only used the Minolta lens on the 6 MP Dynax 5D, while the Tokina is on a Sony a350. The Tokina is better built, and does not have the excessive length of the Minolta (less worry about banging it). No compatibility issues with the a350, and no clutching noise either. Performs well overall (though this is not my low-light lens). It's definitely a keeper.
reviewer#4602 date: Dec-31-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 70-210 f4.5-5,6
price paid:Ł13 (used)
positive:Sharp
Colour
Cost
negative:A touch soft at the edges
comment:For the price an excellent lens. Like the Minolta needs
stopping down for maximum sharpness

No compatibility problem with SA100 - seial number 8740331

At 70mm usable wide open; beyond 180mm needs stopping down a touch.

reviewer#3714 date: Jun-13-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Sony 18-70/f3.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210/f4
Minolta 35-70/f3.5-5.6 II
Minolta 28-80/f3.5-5.6 D
price paid:20 (used)
positive:Sharp
Good price
Compact light lens
Well constructed
negative:Not a macro
comment:I carefuly tested it against the "Beercan" and was surpised to find it has the same sharpness or even better. The color is good as well. I didn't have any problem with compatibility with my A200, the serial number of the lens is 4126648.
reviewer#1814 date: Feb-10-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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:KM 28-75D, Sigma 18-50, M35-70 f4 macro, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro II, Zeiss 50 f1.8 Planar, Zeiss 85 f1.4 Planar, Zeiss 200 f4 TeleTessar.
price paid:65 USD=
positive:Compact lens, excellent price/performance results. Very robust construction. Very acceptable sharpness by f8. Pleasant bokeh (esp with film).
negative:Focussing can be sluggish in very low light/contrast. Lacks focus lock for "macro" range.
comment:Very much overlooked optic that has given much pleasure and satisfaction on personal assignments and commissioned work.
Is very happy on 7D in good lighting conditions.
reviewer#940 date: Jun-25-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Minolta 80-200
price paid:
missing
positive:Dirt cheep not too big
negative:Hunts a bit
comment:I bought this lens ages ago then piked up the minolta and rather foolishly thought the minolta would be better, but no this is and apart from not being the fastest of lenses around it has done the job very nicely for peanuts
reviewer#829 date: May-22-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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:50mm 1.7, 24mm 2.8, 75-300mm 4.5-5.6 (D)
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap, compact, reasonably sharp
negative:Slipping clutch at infinity focus
comment:A reasonably compact medium-zoom that turned out to be sharper than I expected. Best at 70mm, still good at 135mm and only falling off a little at the edges at 210mm. Keeps f4.0 up to 99mm, f4.5 up to 149mm, f5.0 up to 179mm and f5.6 above that. Claims to be macro, but closest focusing is about 1.5m (not very 'macro'). This lens would be a pleasure to use if it wasn't for the slipping clutch; while all my other lenses have a 'hard' stop at infinity, this one does not - instead the lens focuses up to infinity and runs against a ratchet-type clutch until it is sure it has reached infinity. This is not such a big problem on a film camera (such as my 5000), but a digital body runs against the clutch for about 5 seconds on powering up, making an obtrusive (bordering on unpleasant) noise and creating an unnecessary delay. My guess is that this slipping clutch is some kind of economy measure in manufacture - a shame because the optics deserve better. The lens data suggests that some of these lenses are not compatible with later cameras - the one I tested is, even if it is annoying. The serial number of that lens was 8903911.
reviews found: 24   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 24
  • sharpness: 4.31
  • color: 4.54
  • build: 4.42
  • distortion: 4.21
  • flare control: 3.75
  • overall: 4.25

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