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

reviewer#6517 date: Dec-4-2009
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
Tamron 70-200 2.8 Di LD Macro
price paid:70 USD used
positive:Sharp! (sharper than my beercan)
Light weight and easy to carry
Much cheaper than a beercan.
negative:Slower than the Tamron or Beercan at full zoom
comment:This was my main hiking lens for a trip to Glacier and Banff. It's great for closer wildlife when a longer reach isn't required. It's my favorite lens to take to the zoo. It doesn't attract lots of attention, so it's great for use in crowds. If you can find one buy it. I traded my first copy and immediately regretted it, so I jumped at the chance to buy this one when I found it.

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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