Minolta AF 70-210mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by koprivakopriva

reviewer#5646 date: Jul-5-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:trade
positive:Very light
Good colors
Save a stop from most telephotos
Surprising sharpness!
negative:I only had it for a few days. . .
Kinda cheap feeling
comment:I picked this up in a trade, but quickly sold it to help pay for my sigma 70-200. I took some test shots and was shocked. It looked and felt like a p.o.s., but it most definitely was not! Only squeezed off a couple frames, but that was enough to see a major improvement over similar shots from a Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 LD. Way lighter than beercan. I've heard of zoom creep being an issue, and I could see how it could happen, though mine did not exhibit any.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 63
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 3.97
  • distortion: 4.35
  • flare control: 3.89
  • overall: 4.23
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