Minolta AF 70-210mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by Noord26

reviewer#8654 date: Feb-12-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F4 Beercan
Sigma 70-300 APO
price paid:€60
positive:Sharp! Even at full opening. Little weight. Little priced 2nd hand. Very nice colours.
negative:Feels not as well build as a Beercan. For the price, nothing.
comment:First had in on a A200. It surpriced me compared to the Sigma APO. Now I have it combined with the A550. Superb! Really sharp. Got it for €60,- incl shipping. Sold the Sigma APO. It was supposed to be the backup voor for the APO, wich has issues with braking down regularly. Outperformed the APO in speed, sharpness, weight and price.

From a friend tested it against a Beercan. The results were not noticable different. That's why I prefer this one. It's about 50% cheaper and much easier to carry around all day.

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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