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

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reviewer#8659 date: Feb-15-2011
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm
Minolta 28-135mm
Sigma 10-20mm HSM 3.5
Sony DT 18-70mm
price paid:250
positive:Sharp sharp sharp!!
Built to last
Bokeh
Beautiful colors
negative:Its longggggg and heavy
Bit of CA in certain situations
comment:I paid top dollar for this lens because it was advertised as a mint sharp copy. After testing it extensively, I quickly handed over the $250 :) nothing beats this lens on my A700 except my Sony 50mm 1.4 prime lens. And it's maybe the smallest bit sharper but barely. All of my hand held shots always look sharp, given that the light conditions are adequate. Its easy to get creative with the beautiful Bokeh it produces. Portraits always turn out well. Its built to last and I feel like I'm going to have this lens for a long time.

The only negatives are the slow AF and it tends to show some CA in certain scenarios but not really a problem. Again, I love this lens. If you ever find a good copy, don't let it go.
reviewer#8657 date: Feb-14-2011
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:160 EUR (used)
positive:Bokeh,
colours,
build (reliable),
internal zooming
negative:nothing for the price
comment:I were looking for a budget zoom for a safari, it has been my best choice ever. Sharp, internal zooming (dust is not a problem), wonderful colours and bokeh.
reviewer#8610 date: Feb-2-2011
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:100 USD
positive:Well made sturdy build
Good AF with Sony A55
Nice warm color
negative:Heavy
comment:I was browsing local thrift stores and found this lens for $100. I decided to buy based on popular opinion of this website and I have not been disappointed. I am new to world of DSLR and this is the first lens I have purchased after kit lens for Sony A55. My copy has minor wear on outside enamel but otherwise is in excellent working condition. I'm having fun with this lens and I'm not sure that I will be putting the kit lens back on my A55 anytime soon.
reviewer#8571 date: Jan-26-2011
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:75-300
price paid:
missing
positive:Super heritage
Lovely engineered feel in use
3D effect with some flower scenes
negative:Bit heavy for long treks
Usual comments about CA
Much sharper than my old 75-300
comment:There's very little to add about this classic lens, other than everyone should own one at some stage - it does live up to it's reputation.
reviewer#8564 date: Jan-25-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:f4
bokeh
build
price
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#8556 date: Jan-23-2011
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:130€ used
positive:- sharp at all (70 - 210)
- nice colours
- full frame
- excellent build quality (it's heavy, it's reliable)
- price
negative:- slow and loud AF
- it's heavy
comment:It's one of some "must have" zoom lenses, and if u have a chance to buy it, don't let it go. I got it as a very first lens of me and I'm very happy with it.
reviewer#8517 date: Jan-12-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:25 euros (used)
positive:Amazing bokeh at f/4
Unique Minolta vintage colors
Very cheap
negative:Could be a bit sharper
Some vignetting
comment:This lens is unique. It provides an "artistic" bokeh and great "vintage" colors. It's a pure pleasure to use it. It's a great lens for all-around. You will get very nice pictures with it, even if it doesn't match the Minolta 85/1.4 or the 20/2.8 for sharpness.
reviewer#8506 date: Jan-11-2011
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 II
price paid:140 USD (used)
positive: - Sharp
- Fast
- Built to last
- Great Colors
negative: - Size
comment:I found this lens to be much better than the Minolta - AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 II that I previously owned (traded it in on this one). It has proven to be faster and sharper over the entire focal length. You give up some focal length over the 75-300, but my results have been far superior.

Because of the length of this lens I did have to buy an external case to attach to my bag, but it been more than worth. The Beercan has lived up to the hype for me and is a great lens to pick-up for a beginner.
reviewer#8480 date: Jan-4-2011
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sony DT 55-200 f4-5.6
- Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Di
price paid:160 EUR
positive:- sharp even at f4, very sharp at f5.6
- nice colours
- full frame
- excellent build quality (it's heavy, it's reliable)
- good price
negative:- slow and loud AF
- CA at the far end
- prone to flare
comment:Didn't intent to buy this lens but could not resist a good price. I've compared it to Sony DT 55-200 f4-5.6 and to Tamron AF 70-300 f4-5.6 (I was trying to decide which one of them to buy and finally opted for Minolta!). Build quality is remarkable, image quality also. I have to admit that "new" lenses do have a bit better CA and flare resistance due to modern coatings. Very happy with it, now I'm trying to find a large enough "toploader" bag for it. :))
reviewer#8467 date: Dec-31-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-200
Minolta 100-300 APO
Minolta 70-210 F3.5 -4.5
Tamron 80-210
SAL 55-200
price paid:US150
positive:Build quality - will last forever
Colour
Bokeh
Sharpness
negative:Size
Weight
comment:I just love this lens. I have purchased it 3 years ago and still enjoy using it. Colour and bokeh are the best out of all of my lenses.(It even beats my Min35-105old and 28-135). I am fortunate enough to have very good crossed XX copy that is fantastic around F5 range.
reviewer#8464 date: Dec-30-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 75-300 BBC, 28-105 xi, 70-210 4,5-5,6, 28-135, 50 1,4
price paid:140 usd (Used)
positive:Build quality, bokeh, sharp, great colors
negative:heavy, rotating front element on focusing, Slow AF
comment:Good color. Beautiful bokeh. Slow focus in the dark, and misses much buzz. Focus on a 100 makes a person narrow. At 105 - 210 you can get a close-up 3D images better than starikane 28-135
reviewer#8346 date: Dec-3-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina AT-X PRO AF 80-200 F2.8
price paid:150 Euro
positive:great colors and sharpness, usable at F4, build quality, good bokeh
negative:front element rotating when focussing, slow af

[focus is quite fast with firmware 2.0 on the alpha 900]
comment:This is a old lens and although I have the Tokina with F2.8 I often use the beercan. It is lighter, has got more walkaround-abillity. Picturequality is not perfect (compared to G- or Zeiss-lenses), but the relationship price/picture IQ is great.
reviewer#8336 date: Dec-2-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 70-210mm f3.5-4.5
price paid:100 GBP
positive:Build quality, bokeh, sharp
negative:heavy, rotating front element on focusing
comment:An excellent performer for landscapes and at the zoo. Unfortunately bad CA when shooting high contrast situations. I feel this will survive an impact much better than the camera body!

AF performs much better on my a550 than a200.
reviewer#8315 date: Nov-29-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:100.00
positive:Light weight, sharp, consistent aperture, low price
negative:Slow AF
comment:I've owned a number of these lenses over my 20 years, and they are a great lens for a great price.
reviewer#8189 date: Nov-5-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:100€
positive:sharp
internal zoom
f4
cheap

negative:af is slow
comment:Well i bought this to try out what the infamous beercan can do. The pictures are excellent, i dislike the size when i have to store it, thats the price of an internal zoom.
reviewer#8173 date: Nov-3-2010
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$200 CAD (Used)
positive:Quite sharp
Build quality is very solid
Internal zoom
Bokeh is smooth
Constant F4
Good minimum focusing distance
Very cheap
negative:CA wont completely go away even after F11
Flare control is very great
AF is not very fast (Though not slow)
Front element rotates when focusing
comment:For the price that this lens go for I don't see to much wrong with it. I would highly suggest anyone who is just starting out to keep an eye out for this lens as it a very good for the money. The sharpness of this lens is quite good though a little soft wide open, then there is the issue of CA which is pretty much always there no matter what under well lit/high contrast areas. The bokeh for this lens is relatively pleasing along with the fact that it has a very good minimum focusing distance, with a maximum magnification of 0.25x. And even though the lens may have internal zoom it does extend when focusing and to make matters worse the front element rotates when focusing, though its is only an issue if you use circular polarizers.

For the price that this lens can be bought at I feel this is a buy very few would be disappointed in.
reviewer#8037 date: Oct-3-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:zeiss 16-80
price paid:150 euro
positive:built quality
sharpneess
negative:big
heavy
rotate front element
purple fringing
comment:I purchased it for 150 euro as a telephoto zoom and i found it very good for portraits. Excellent sharpness at f8. I usually use it at 4.5. It s as sharp as I want for portraits. I tried to moving subjects and its very good except some times it hunts a bit. Very natural and powerful colors.
reviewer#8027 date: Sep-28-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 100-300 APO D, Min 75-300 BBC
price paid:200 USD (mint)
positive:Sharp across the frame wide open; constant aperture; solid enough for self-defense.
negative:Be sure to use that hood!
comment:I tested for sharpness as follows: I compared tripod shots at all focal lengths and apertures, looking at 100% on screen at an area one-third in from the left and bottom edges. I find my copy to be acceptably sharp wide open at all focal lengths except 210 mm. By "acceptably" I mean one can really only detect slight softness at 100%. All focal lengths except 210 mm were tack sharp by f/5.6.

At 210 mm, sharpness was acceptable at f/5.6 and tack sharp at f/8, a loss of only one stop over the rest of the range.

Color is first-rate Minolta: why we are here.

I got a screw-on ABS hood from Mennon, a big improvement over the included clip-on.

My copy has shown it to be worth its reputation. The only reason I would spend more is for faster or longer; for what it does it is a gem.
reviewer#8008 date: Sep-21-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-200/2.8
price paid:150 EUR (used)
positive:- colors
- sharpness
- bokeh
- weight
- build quality
negative:- CA
- AF
- narrow focusing ring
comment:Love this lens. It's sharp enough from f/4, very sharp stopped down to 5,6, produces great images of colours & bokeh. Quite heavy, but not too heavy, a great companion for my A700.
Cons: AF is not too fast, sometimes travels back & forth. CA is quite visible when wide open.
I bought Tamron 70-200/2.8 lens a couple of months ago, and... it's too heavy, fragile and the picture it produces isn't any match for a beercan.
reviewer#8004 date: Sep-21-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 135
Sony 70300G
Min 200G
Min 85G
price paid:usd 150 used
positive:Minolta colors
Fixed aperture
Reliable focus
negative:Length
comment:This lens is not as heavy as the 28-135, and is lighter than my 135 Zeiss -- but it seems heavier because it is long -- and the length is the only real disadvantage to this lens, I feel.

My copy is really excellent in its precision, in the clarity from edge to edge, and in the Minolta colors. It has 55mm filters, and an excellent full frame range. It shines on an A900, although it was a dynamite lens on my A700 too.

I like the clip-on hood and the funny macro switch, since it makes the lens wholly versatile. I like the texture in my hand and the feeling that one gets exactly what one sees in the viewfinder.

I am a fan of fixed aperture zooms, and this f4 is really useable in most lighting given the ISO games we can now play. Of course it isn't quite as good as the 85G, 135ZA or the 200G -- but my copy is awfully close. The 70300G has a better range, but a less desirable f-stop ratio: it takes crisper pictures with colors that are almost as good as the Beercan's.

I use the 70300G more often than I use the Beercan, but I'll never sell the Beercan, and every time I decide to use it, I'm pleased with the results. It's old technology, but so is a Bentley Mulsanne -- and if I had one of those, I'd keep this lens on the backseat.
reviewer#7980 date: Sep-16-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105 3.5-4.5
100 2.8 macro
price paid:190 Euro Used
positive:It's build like a tank
reasonably Sharp
in good light fast AF
negative:a hefty amount of CA
AF hunt in low light
comment:A pretty decent lens AF is faster that I expected for such an old lens but it's not something to write home about it and in low contrast/ low light situations it hunts but not that bad.
I like the macro feature of this lens it allows me to photograph insects in the wild without scaring them.
The biggest problem with this lens is it's CA. but on the good side if you print the photos you will probably not notice it unless the print is large.
reviewer#7863 date: Aug-25-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:200 USD (Used)
positive:-Built like a tank
-Great bang for the buck
-Zooming is internal, no change in length except when focusing
-Solid f/4 through whole range
negative:-Soft and heavier CA at 70mm and 210mm.
-A bit soft, but usable, at f/4. Doesn't start to really sharpen up until around f/5.6-6.3
-Weight. It causes the camera to feel unbalanced. A vertical grip may help this
-Slow focusing
-Minimum focusing distance a bit long
comment:I was in need of a telephoto lens with some length but was on a budget. I heard a lot of good things about the beercan and decided to pick one up. Picture quality does seem to vary from lens to lens due to their age and how their previous owners took care of them.

My copy seems to be nice but a bit soft at both ends of the zoom range. Although usable wide open, you really don't see its true potential in sharpness until you stop it down to f/5.6 or more. That is a bit of a problem when shooting in low light situations with no flash (concerts, church weddings, etc.). Colors are great but it seems to flare easily and CA is very noticeable in bright situations or on whites. Of course, this could be just on my copy.

Great for portraits and outdoor use (maybe even doing shots of the moon). A bit cramped indoors, especially in tight space.

I think this lens is great for one on a budget or is just beginning to develop their lens collection. However, I think I am ready to move up and get either the Sony 70-300 4.5-5.6 G SSM or the Sony 70-400 4-5.6 G SSM.
reviewer#7856 date: Aug-25-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:100f2
90mm Summicron
105mm Nikkor (Leice Screw Mount)
price paid:USD200.00 (used)
positive:Relatively sharpish wide open, better stopped down.
negative:Heavy.
Slow focus.
I have gripes, but not so much with the lens.
comment:For me, the purpose was as an affordable portrait lens. For that, the aperture was somewhat slow. The aperture being slow, and the lens being the size it was, forced me to work harder to keep it steady. A head shot using this lens, with no flash, at f4 and 1/30 of a second, is not good. With either of the f2's, the shutter speed would have been 1/125 of a second. That is a huge difference.

When it was in an element it worked well in, it was a great lens. Don't misunderstand me here, the lens is great, I just bought it when I should have bought something else.
reviewer#7808 date: Aug-12-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 70-210 3.5-4.5
Min 100-300 APO
Min 100-200 4.5
Big Beercan
Sigma 90 2.8
Sigma 70-210 3.5-4.5
price paid:40 EUR
positive:Bulletproof built
Sharp wide open
Value for money
Comparable to primes
negative:A bit heavy (logically)
A bit big (but one can stand it)
comment:I made a bargain on lens which looked very heavily used.
However, it performs geatly, it clearly smashes out all low to mid class lenses I tried later.
No need to stop down dramatically to get sharp image, performs very well also at bright scenes and high contrast.
AF quite OK on my A200.
Used recently for musicians shots in poor light wide open and still very very very acceptable results.
Im getting more and more excited about this lens.
Highly recommended to stay on acceptable lens size with prime optical characteristics.
reviewer#7776 date: Aug-3-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-80 f 3.5-5.6
KM 28-80 f 3.5-5.6
KM 28-75 f 2.8
Minolta 28-135 f 4.5 (Leica)
Minolta 50mm f 1.7
KM 70-300 f 4.5-6.7
Minolta 80-200 f 2.8 G
Sigma 105 mm f 2.8 APO Macro
Sigma 140-400 f 4.5-6.7 APO
Minolta 600mm f 4 G
price paid:265 USD (used)
positive:Build quality, all metal construction
Excellent bokeh
V. Good sharpness and contrast
Exc. color
negative:Relatively slow AF
AF poor in low light
comment:The Beercan is a classic Minolta lens and takes fantastic pictures with good sharpness, nice color, and creamy bokeh. I have hung onto mine even though I long since picked up a good copy of the 80-200 2.8 G, which is superior in every way except close focus distance. The Beercan even doubles as a semi-macro, excelling for close-ups of flowers.
reviewer#7741 date: Jul-27-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300xi
Sony 18-70
price paid:85 USD
positive:Very crisp photos. Impressive colors. Solid construction. Silky zoom gearing. Internal zoom.
negative:Weight. Slow AF.
comment:I picked up a beercan in great condition for a great price. Yes, as everyone says, it is a tank. Expect and accept the weight, because you are going to get wonderful photos from this lens. If you are in a situation were you can use a tripod, do so with this lens. I took awesome fireworks photos with this lens on a tripod. The only other lens that I have that goes out in the distance range of the beercan is the 100-300xi, and the beercan easily beats that lens in sharpness.

Edit: After working more with this lens, I have found it to have issues with flare, even when working with a hood. I have since downgraded the flare from a 4 to a 3.
reviewer#7702 date: Jul-19-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 100mm macro
Min 50mm/1.7
Min 28-85 mini-beercan
price paid:260 CDN (clean used)
positive:Color
Sharp stopped down
Internal focus
Solid build
negative:F4 isn't super-fast
Could be sharper
comment:I love this lens. It doesn't get perfect scores, but it has just the right combination of attributes while still being accessible money-wise.

I've had it for 15 good years, and will have it for 15 more. It is so smooth and well-engineered. It is like a chrome-moly steel bicycle frame--not too jumpy, not too stiff, not too slushy, nice and quiet, durable, and reliable. A very comfortable lens to own.
reviewer#7693 date: Jul-15-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:1300 NOK(200USD)
positive:-F/4
-70-210mm on FF is nice.
-Cheap
-Nice IQ
-Well built
negative:-The front rotates
-It's difficult to use MF.
-CA and lots of it!
-Metering problems?
comment:I bought this lens because it was cheap and I heard good things about it. I also wanted something longer than 75mm and didn't feel ready to spend 600-1000USD's on another lens.

I have some metering problems. Images are bright and I often need to dial the EV-comp. to -1/3 to - 1stop.
With Sony 28-75mm I have the EV-comp. to 0 or +1/3-stop.

I will probably buy a replacement when I feel the need for something new and better(I hate CA).
reviewer#7661 date: Jul-5-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF24 f2.8
Sony AF50mm f1.4
Sony AF100mm f2.8 macro
Minolta AF28-85 f3.5-4.5
Minolta AF28-135 f4-4.5
Minolta AF35-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-105 f3.5-4.5N
Tamron AF28-300mm XR f3.5-6.3
price paid:85.00USD
positive:f4 availability, all focal ranges
Renders lovely saturated colors and contrast
Nice bokeh
Great IQ
Is ideal FF companion to 28-135
Has a solid construction and balances well on FF
AF is sharp
Availability on e-bay
negative:CA in high contrast
Weightier than some comparable zooms
Not coated for glare. Don't shoot directly into sun unless you seek flare. Invest in a hood.
comment:Another gem of Minolta 1985 vintage, built with premium materials, the Minolta Maxxum AF70-210mm is a must-have lens for FF owners. First impression handling the Beercan was puzzling. I found the ribbed zoom grip ring movement and tension to be comparatively loose. Am convinced now that this is somewhat expected and not a problem at all. While it's not as positive a zoom movement as the 28-135, the Beercan's action may be a trait. This lens does not extend itself as other zooms, so it is not prone to go creeping out. I like it that it has this action. As with the best of these old Minoltas, you must appreciate the Beercan for what it is, even today, another well-crafted optical. It was built to last with good care. The range is a perfect complement for the 28-135. Its rich saturated colors are uniquely Maxxum. I use other lenses sharper than the 70-210, but these are primes, or in the case of the razor sharp AF100mm, a true macro. CAs appear in the images of the Beercan. For example, they are detected between strands of hair with contrasty back light. These anomalies can be handled nicely in post processing with Lightroom 3. The Beercan holds its own against the increasingly rare and uniquely stellar 28-135. The Beercan is not nearly as sharp in the corners and across the image at all focal lengths, not as versatile, but nevertheless, it remains the most sought-after lens with its cult-like following of bargain buying admirers. Their praises appear in preceding reviews and in many forums. As a user of vintage medium format film cameras, I can say that these 1985 era lenses produce lovely images on the full-frame DSLR. The Beercan is one of the essentials in my ideal array. This lens will stay in the ready bag along with the others listed above as one of my Minolta Maxxum keeper lenses.
reviewer#7660 date: Jul-5-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Solid build
Smaller than a f2.8 zoom
Great IQ for the price
negative:
missing
comment:This lens has stopped me from getting a 70-200 f2.8 so far. All my other lenses have been upgraded/swapped over the years such as my move to the Zeiss 24-70 and 85 but this one still stays. I rarely use it for low light work now (the 85mm does a fine job ) but its possible to get away with 'only' f4. It works great for the music festivals and outdoor events I cover where light isn't so much an issue.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 389
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.79
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53

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