Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#2786 date: Sep-27-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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:tamron 28-105 2.8
sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
18-70 kit lens
price paid:165.00 USD used
positive:incredible colors
great sharpness
photos with personality
super bokeh
negative:kinda heavy
a little slow on focus
hunts in low light
did i say heavy
comment:I bought this on ebay for 165, it had some slight scratches which were not mentioned in the sale. Even with the scratches, i love this lens. The colors are incredible, and if you have the light and stop it down a bit, the sharpness is really something. It beats every other lens i have easily (if i have the light of course), but i know there are sharper lenses out there. It does have a tendency to lose focus and hunt in low light. I got an aftermarket hood for mine and i does wonders with flare control. I havent noticed any CA yet.

If you learn how to exploit its strengths and avoid the weaknesses, and use the camera features well... you can take pictures in almost total darkness, (got some great shots at the circus)

The build quality is extreme on this thing. I love it, when you hold it in your hand, you know you have an original minolta in your hands. Built like an M1 tank.

There are plenty floating around, im in the process of hunting down a Big Beercan. Get one!!!!
reviewer#2744 date: Sep-17-2007
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:- Minota AF 50/1.7
- Minolta AF 28-135/4-4.5
- Minolta AF 24-85/3.5-4.5
- Konica Minolta 17-35/2.8-4
- Sigma 90/2.8 Macro
price paid:120 €
positive:- great built quality
- sharp
- bargain buy
- nice bokeh
negative:- heavy
- slow AF
comment:I think it is the one of the best tele-zoom for its price. Very sharp, good quality lens, as like his "brother", the 28-135/4-4.5.
reviewer#2650 date: Aug-23-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:35-70 f4, 28-80 f4-5.6 xi zoom
price paid:
missing
positive:A ledgendary lens
Great for collectors
Awsome price for fixed apature
Brilliant Optics
Built like a tank
negative:Autofocus is a little to slow, although it was one of the first ever autofocus lenses.
Lens hood restricts focus when back-mounted.
comment:I would not part my beercan for the world. It is my pride and joy, (that is aswell as my 9000!) It performs so well for its age and is a genuine classic. Mention the word "beercan" and instantly any camera-adict will know what your talking about.
For 21 years this lens has served me well and even when I dropped it off a tripod onto tarmac it was fine! (a little nick out of the filter thread said by-by to the hood though).
If you want a brilliant telephoto zoom for a low-price, this is the best! yb
reviewer#2645 date: Aug-21-2007
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:Tamron 70-210 f3.5-4.5
price paid:US$110 used
positive:Sharp
negative:Slow focus
comment:Comparing the beercan to the Tamron - the differences are minor :

The beercan is lighter, ever-so-slightly sharper, with a tad more contrast, and has a fraction less CA. It is longer (slightly more bag space needed) but then it has a constant aperture and doesn't grow when it zooms. Identical macro, filter size, focusing distance, number of elements etc etc. The Tamron feels very solid but the zoom action on the beercan is a little smoother at the tele end and it doesn't creep when pointed down which I can get the Tamron to do, so the beercan has better build quality. I can't tell colours apart. Neither are digitally optimised so sunsets can produce a ghost reflection from the sensor going back into the lens - and this is a major flaw to me.

Unfortunately neither are a 'travel light' lens or an outstanding performer (optics are good overall but focus speed is just too slow). But they are a good compromise if your budget can't stretch to both an f2.8 and a travel lens.

Personally the focus speed and ghosting are a problem to me so I'm going to trade them in for the travel lens and wait for the Tamron and Sigma f2.8's.
reviewer#2643 date: Aug-20-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Sigma 100-300 f:4.5-6.7
price paid:200 USD (mint)
positive:- Constant aperture
- Sharp wide open
- Great bokeh and colors
- Not expensive
negative:- Excessive CA
- Size
- Weight
comment:What else to say, this is the famous beercan. It has a range that matches perfectly to Sigma 17-70 or even the kit lens. It is sharp wide open througout its entire range, and has great color rendition and bokeh.

However, you may have lots of CA, particularly at 210mm when you shoot high-contrast subjects in color (mine has) which are really difficult to get rid of. Also, its size and weight don't make this a "discreet" lens in no account - if you paint it white you'll be taken as pro-photographer, no doubt about it.

Anyway, this is a great lens for the money in any way. Think about it: Canon has 70-200 f:4 L, which is much like the Minolta version, costs around US$ 600.00 and has no image stabilization; on the 5D/7D/Alpha you spend like 1/3 of the money, have the same coverage AND still have AS/SSS for stabilizing the lens - something the Canon version does not have.

If you don't have neither the money or the access to the more expensive 80-200 f:2.8 G or the 70-200 f:2.8 G SSM, go for it. You won't be disappointed.
reviewer#2617 date: Aug-8-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:minolta 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
price paid:60 GBP
positive:excellent bokeh
good range
constant f/4
internal/smooth zoom
solid contruction
nice weight
negative:I have given it a rating of 4 for build because i believe the focusing mechanism of the lens is a part of the build, and this is a negative. it does not focus particularly quickly, even on my dynax 7, it will only to in very well lit condition and will often struggle (hunt) in many conditions when its at the long end.
comment:I find the sharpness of this lens to be excellent.
Its a brilliant portrait&candid lens or even just as a carry around lens, which is where its 1:4 macro reproduction comes in handy.

The contrast and colour of this lens is excellent!
Just put some reala in your camera and do some candid type shots and you will be thrilled.

Flare is rarely a problem at all, but it can be present in mid day type conditions.

Sometimes hampered by chromatic aberation wide open, but not VERY noticable. And this can easily be avoided or negated through simply stopping down.

For the price that i payed, i wouldnt hesitate one bit!

Iv had this lens for well over a year now, and have enjoyed every picture i have taken with it. Most of my favourite photos are with this lens.

Though, now im setting my sights higher, and im after the tamron 70-200 SP macro f/2.8 when it comes out, as i believe this will forefil my requirement more so.
reviewer#2601 date: Aug-3-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:kit 18-70/3.5-5.6
Jupiter-21 (200/4)
Jupiter-37 (135/3.5)
Tair-11 (135/2.8)
price paid:8000 RUR (~300 USD)
positive:CHEAP
Sharp enough
Big and heavy (solid)
Constant f/4
Smooth bokeh
Accurate focusing

negative:Veeery slooow focusing
Big and heavy
CA and purple fringing (sometimes)
Flares (rarely)
comment:I like it. It's not ideal of course, but very good for the price. In fact the only problem is AF speed. All other disadvantages are not serious. The IQ is not much worse than my primes' one.
Very good for portraits, of course: a bit soft wide opened, smooth bokeh etc. I also like one funny thing about it: the bokeh is colored. It's full of green and purple spots even if background is actually black and white. I know that's OK, but none of my lenses makes background THAT saturated. This effect is very useful for shooting pigeons, stones and other gray/blue stuff.

P.S.: But I still love my "Russian Tanks"... :)
reviewer#2597 date: Aug-1-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:24-105/3.5-4.5D
28-80/3.5-5.6D
35-70/4
75-300/4.5-5.6D
price paid:Ł42.50
positive:Build
Colour
Range
negative:Little heavy
CA ( but rarely )
comment:What can one add - it is just a very, very good lens especially for a zoom. Gave it 4.5 for sharpness as just can't give 5 for everything and it would not let me put 4.5 for distortion :). Do get get CA sometimes in extreme conditions but never had flare problems ( I think it depends on how you use the lens ).

There is one thing however that it is NOT -

IT IS NOT A 70-210 BUT IT IS A 75-210.

I have checked this on the data on my 7 and had it checked on the EXIF ( ? ) of a 7D digithingy. The possible reason for this is that it's heritage comes from a previous MF lens produced during the Leica liason period but this can't be verified - it was the best idea a few of us could come up with so who knows.
reviewer#2587 date: Jul-27-2007
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:100-300 APO, kit
price paid:~125 USD
positive:sharp, non-extending zoom, great colors, awesome build, CHEAP relative to F4 equivalents in other mounts
negative:bulky, slow and noisy focus, small manual focus ring
comment:I love this lens. I think it was my first acquisition for this mount. It showed me the kit is not the way to go. Lately I have been using it as my macro lens, coupled with a diopter mounted in front. For that I think it's perfect because it does not extend when zooming like other newer designs. Also its sharpness and beautiful colors shine through. This basically doesn't leave my 5D.
reviewer#2525 date: Jul-8-2007
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 75-300 F4.5-5.6
Tamron 90/2.8 macro
price paid:180 USD as new
positive:Sharpness, color, bokeh,F4, the filter of 55 mm
negative:Heavy
CA
comment: My favourite lens. Very sharp - http://foto.ixbt.com/photo/371738/6299ipXD8IKjvr/100186w.jpg with beautiful bokeh, color. That stirs the only thing - СА. Excellent Build.
Very sharp.Beercan -really legend
Highly recommended lens!
reviewer#2500 date: Jul-1-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 24/2.8
Minolta AF 28/2.0
Minolta AF 35-70/4 Macro
price paid:6800 RUR
positive:- Color
- Sharp
- Bokeh
- Contrast
- F4, effective from F4/F5.6
negative:- Weight
- Little CA
- AF slow in lowcontrast scenes
comment:
missing
reviewer#2437 date: Jun-12-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF 100-300
Minolta AF 28-105 RS
KM AF 18-70 DT
Minolta AF 100 f 2.8 Macro
price paid:150 EUR (like new)
positive:Built to last
Bokeh
Range
Constant aperture
Constant lenght from 70mm to 210mm
unexpensive
negative:Weight
Some flares
Some CA
comment:A great old lady. Looks like a tank lens, with a full metal body. You must get used to the weight of this zoom lens, but after that you'll have a wonderful tele-zoom glass. Bokeh is simply amazing, sharpness stopped at 5.6 is quite good, just a little soft at 210mm and f 4. AF speed is slow in low light but not-so-much as i thought.
One of the most common Minolta lenses, one of the most useful, simply the best in quality-price.

02/13/2009
After almost 2 years of use my copy seems to have developed a bad "illness". The central portion of the image is still ok, the rest of it is soft at every aperture.
reviewer#2416 date: Jun-5-2007
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:Tokina 70-210mm
Sony 18-70mm Kit
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Minolta 28-80mm zoom xi
price paid:0 (Gift from Uncle)
positive:Solidly built lens with excellent sharpness and color saturation
negative:Somewhat heavy, auto-focus can get 'lost' at 210mm or in lower light
comment:This lens reminds me of the good old days: products with quality performance that are built to last. The legendary 'beer can' lens is a treat to use on film and on digital. It works very well with the Sony a100. I have not taken enough shots on the a100 to experience CA (I avoid it anyway because its a known issue with the other lenses).

The lens is heavy, but then again photography is a trade-off. A heavy lens comes with a solid build and excellent glass. It is a real bargain if you can snap one up for under $200 on eBay. No wonder the other brands love to bash poor KM/Sony: such cheap glass cannot be had with their cameras unless they pay 4x more!

This lens is great for portrait, nature, sports (learn the workarounds due to slow focusing though), bokeh.
reviewer#2411 date: Jun-5-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200/2.8 HS G
Minolta 135/2.8
price paid:125 Euro
positive:bokeh
build like a tank
focal range
constant f/4
negative:weight like a tank
CA
comment:This lens has confirmed what has been already said about it.

Positive:
It has one of the best bokeh I've ever seen. It's really amazing, both with digital camera and film.
The lens has been build to last. All metal body, it can be used and abused and still works perfectly.

Neutral:
AF is not fast, but is not so slow. I knew it, and I'm quite pleased about the performance. Nevertheless, it fails to focus and hunts a little bit more than expected.
It's a heavy lens, but ergonomics is good, so it's not a problem for me.

Negative:
With digital I can see some CA, especially in bright areas. This problem doesn't exist with film.
Sharpness is not as good as I would like. At f/4 it's soft, much better at f/5.6, but not as sharp as my tele primes.

Overall:
A very good deal for the price. Performance is good/very good, considering that it's a lens designed more than 20 years ago.
Personally I find that it performs better with film cameras. Digital is unforgiving and it shows all the little flaws of this old wonderful lady.
reviewer#2368 date: May-27-2007
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 100 f2.8 macro
Minolta 50 f1.4
Sigma 28 f1.8 (old model)
price paid:~Aus $200
positive:Great range
Sharp
Usually fast enough
Bokeh
Close focusing
negative:Weight & size
comment:This lens usually ends up as my "walk around". I usually start out with either the 28 or 50 on the camera but end up using the beercan for most of the shots I actually take. I can't expect it to be as sharp as my 50 or 100mm primes but its probably better than the old Sigma 28. If Sony release a smaller, lighter version with equivalent or better IQ and reasonable price I'd probably get it, but in the mean time I'm getting great shots and huge value for money!
reviewer#2365 date: May-26-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300
positive:All like
negative:Sharpness f4
comment:All super except sharpnesses on f4
reviewer#2363 date: May-26-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:minolta 75-300/4.5-5.6
price paid:270 USD (used
positive:Sharp wide open
Usable telephoto range on 1,5x crop
Nice bokeh
Internal zooming mechanism
negative:Slow focusing
CAs wide open
Prone to flare
Rotating front lens
Hood locking mechanism and lens cap
comment:I bought this lens primarily for portraits, to cover "traditional" 100mm and 135mm portrait telephoto range.
I like it's nice bokeh and 3D-look of the image, which is especially good for close-up facial portraits.
However, it is not as good as conventional telephoto lens, for shooting sport or other fast action. AF is slow and chromaric aberrations are noticeable on some conditions.
Hood lock and lens cap are disaster. It is impossible to attach hood with cap on, and vise versa.
reviewer#2359 date: May-26-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:Minolta 75-300
Sigma 28-200D
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp in center wide open and at f/8. O.K. in corner.
negative:A beast to lug around.
comment:I have tested this lens, and those listed above, using the Koren, 2003, (5mm) test charts to determine the resolution based on MTF-50. The following information is based on results from two of the sine-wave, test, strips; one horizontal near the center of the frame, and the other, diagonal, very close to the corner of the frame. The tests were made with a KM5D, hand held, image stabilization “on”, ISO 100, in bright sunlight so that the shutter speed was quick enough to satisfy the reciprocal of the focal length criterion. Results: (focal length/f-stop/lines per inch on an 8” x 12” print at center/ditto-at corner). (210/8/169/80), (210/4.0/165/66), (70/8/197/82), (70/4.0/137/53). My understanding of photo resolution quality is: >150 lpi=excellent, >110 lpi=very good, >80 lpi=good. I believe the corner results represent a pretty severe test since the test strip extended radially, and the region of interest was very near the corner. These results are further confirmation of the optical sharpness of this lens. The Sigma can match it (but, looses an f-stop at 200mm), is more compact and has a larger zoom range. More details on this and other lenses can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/royanddee/lens_test_results_mtf50.htm
reviewer#2347 date: May-24-2007
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:KM 75-300mm D
Sigma D 28-300mm
KM 28-75mm f2.8 D
price paid:
missing
positive:Built like a tank
Sharp as my pirme lens
great price
Heayduty build
great colors
negative:Got watch out for flares
comment:My copy seems to have fast AF in low light, It's as fast as my Km 28-75mm f2.8 D and have none of AF hunting like my Sigma. This beercan was only use twice according to the orginal owner. I have tried out other Beercans and those took forever to focus in low light conditions. Well I really this lens and would never sell it.
reviewer#2267 date: May-6-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135 f/4-4.5
Minolta 50 f/1.7
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:Sharp
Bokeh
Color
constant f4
negative:
missing
comment:Got this Lens last week and tried in for a day.
Noticed one thing for sure . . . what a great bokeh ! ! !

reviewer#2222 date: Apr-28-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
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:Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 mark 1
price paid:
missing
positive:- Excellent colours
- Constant aperture
- Nice bokeh for a zoom
negative:- Heavy
- Focusing ring is too small
- Filter thread rotates when focusing
comment:Overall I've been very satisfied with this lens. My only real gripe is the rotating filter thread, placed on a focusing ring that's way too small (and doesn't have a lot of travel). Manual focusing is made a bit better by keeping the lens hood attached and using that as an extension to the focusing ring, although then it becomes very difficult to attach/remove filters because they are so deeply recessed inside the hood.

The image quality, however, is excellent, sharpness is sufficient, colour rendition is superb, bokeh very nice for a zoom, and I haven't had issues with distortion. As no viable alternative seems to exist among AF zooms in this range for the Sony/Minolta mount, the Beercan is highly recommended.
reviewer#2173 date: Apr-19-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 50/1.7
km 24-85/3.5-4.5
km 35-105/3.5-4.5
sony 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:140
positive:Fast aperture, great build, 55 mm filter, sharpness, bokeh, colors
negative:CA, weight, hunting AF
comment:I got this lens off ebay for a good price. Unfortunately a month later the lens developed a sticky aperture! Fortunately I was able to repair this myself (thanks to Pete Ganzel).

This lens is very good for outdoor shots and portraits, the image quality is superb. There is some flaring and ghosting however, especially considering that the hood is too small (for APS-C the hood can be bigger). My main complaint with it is that, on my copy, the sharpness and CA is just terrible at f4 from 150-210mm, and becomes good only at f5.6. However at 70mm, it is very sharp even at f4. CA is a big issue on this lens, and I see it more than I see it on other lenses.
reviewer#2151 date: Apr-14-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:50mm 1.7
km 11-18/4.5-5.6
km 17-35/2.8-4
km 28-75/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp
constant aperture
bokeh
colors
negative:big
tiny focus ring that feels poorly placed
CA
comment:Gotta love the beercan. It was my first telezoom and it has served me well for half a year. Just sold it for Ł220! 100% profit. Eventually the size made me want to get another lens and I wanted more reach. I am waiting for my 100-400 APO to arrive next week (which I bought here).

The first thing that hit me when using this lens was its natural colors. They feel very real and alive. The bokeh is very very smooth. The constant aperture is a really nice thing that I will miss in the replacement lens. It is also very sharp, even at f/4.

Just as on the 50mm prime, the focus ring is very small. And because of the big size of the lens it is not very comfortable to focus manually with it. Nearly impossible with the hood on. It is very sensitive to purple fringing/CA I have noticed.

All in all a very nice lens that everyone should own at one point. I can understand why it is a classic. Much bang for the buck. But time to move on to APO land...
reviewer#2147 date: Apr-13-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 D
Cosina 100 F3.5 macro
Soligor 135 F2.8 (m42)
Sigma EX DG 85 F1.4 HSM
price paid:80 GBP (used)
positive:build, internal zoom
f/4 aperture
bokeh
1:4 "macro" works nicely
negative:Weight
Focus hunting
CA
comment:A classic. The all-metal build and internal zoom features ooze old-skool class.

The f/4 max aperture can be very useful at low light, though it is confounded by chromatic aberration (CA). The latter is noticeably decreased at f/5.6 and mostly absent from f/8 onwards, where my copy performs at its best, hence 3.5 for sharpness.

CA tends to be most apparent in high-contrast situations, so if you use f/4 because the light is low, CA won't be so evident. I have taken many nice shots at f/4, just don't forget to stop down in daylight!

Also lovely colour and bokeh.

The one I bought didn't come with a hood; however I used it to take photos of my friends skiing/snowboarding in bright sunshine. Colour and contrast were intact, and not a hint of flare!

1 point off the build because, even though it's "built like a tank", it's also as heavy.

In a nutshell: Simply, it's a must.
reviewer#2146 date: Apr-13-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:af28-105 f3.5/4.5
price paid:290AUD w/ new uv
positive:Oh so sharp
Zooming doesnt extend lens
Very quality built
negative:Auto-focus slow/hunts
eg. in darkness, with very close colours
(not really a negative, just considering certain conditions with lens)
comment:Found this lens in the camera trading post (forgot the name) and I went off the gut feeling and numerous reviews on here to check it out.
I felt the price was a bit too high, but there were two lenses in store so at least I had a choice. The lens I got doesnt seem like it was used much or at all.
And...
Its everything that the 100+ reviews mention and more. Sharpness, bokeh, build...

The negative above I would say just comes with such a lens... If the AF starts playing up just go to manual focus which is quite decent to use as well on the lens.
A classic lens for sure.
reviewer#2140 date: Apr-12-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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 own this lens
compared to:70-210 4.5/5.6 2(kit), Tamron 28-300, Tokina AT-X 28-70, 70mm Sig Macro
price paid:190.00
positive:Bokeh
negative:Long
comment:Nice lens and not as heavy as I would have suspected. Comparing to the Tokina, now thats a heavy lens. Sharpness- the lens is better than the kit and almost as good is the Tokina at 70mmF4 but the beercans bokeh is better so it appears to be better.Color is better on the beercan than the Tokina too. But the Tokina AF is faster. @70mmF4 the Sigma 70mm macro is on another planet than the other 3 and shouldn't really be compared. Anyways I think it's a good lens for the meantime as I save for the 70-200ssm.
reviewer#2136 date: Apr-11-2007
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:sigma 70-300 f 4.5/5.6
minolta 50 f 1.7
minolta 28-85 f 3.5/4.5
konica minolta 17-35
price paid:15 €
positive:sharpness
AF not so slow as aspected
negative:too long and a little bit heavy
comment:excellent lens. great sharpnes and vivid colors.
reviewer#2133 date: Apr-11-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:75-300D 4.5-5.6
price paid:90.00 USD (USED)
positive:good everything
negative:a little heavy, not too bad
comment:Bought it at my local camera shop, I actually traded in an extra 50mm 1.7 O for it and only paid $70 for the Beercan after trade in. I think this lens is great and would tell anyone to pick up one of them.
reviewer#2115 date: Apr-6-2007
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:
missing
price paid:132€ on ebay
positive:-super build
-image qualitiy
-nice price
negative:-slow AF in low light
comment:I own this lense since Wednesday and I am totally in love. Its great buildquality compared to the low cost lenses is great.
reviewer#2111 date: Apr-4-2007
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:Sony AF DT 18-200 F3.5-6.3
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6
Minolta AF 100-300 xi F4.5-5.6
price paid:pack.deal (+/- E45)
positive:SHARP
Built
negative:
missing
comment:I have been looking for a BIG Beercan for quite a while... but since yesterday, I've got him!
So I took some time today to compare the results of my four tele-zooms to decide which one(s) to sell.
Not an easy decision: all zooms are GOOD, but different. The Beercan and the BIG Beercan are both very SHARP, with the Minolta-glass CoLOURS. The xi is very light and small (nice for travel), and the Sony is very versatile (and light). Don't forget the Sony is a full-range zoom, starting at 18 and ending at 200.
There are also con's: The Beercan's are heavy, the xi has a (quite slow) motorized zoom and the Sony is not that sharp at both ends (particulary at 18).
I'm glad i finaly own a BIG Beercan. So this one is going to stay. Not only is it as sharp as the Beercan (or sharper), it is also faster due to the focus limiter.
The Sony also stays. Ideal for traveling "light".
So I'm afraid the xi has to go. If I can sell it for a decent price (probable together with my 3xi and 28-80xi).
And the Beercan... Although i won't use it that often anymore i'm pretty sure i'll keep it. As a "collectors-item".
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 396
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53

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