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

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reviewer#6628 date: Dec-24-2009
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 kit 18-70
price paid:180 USD
positive:solid built
excellent for portrait/close-up
internal zoom
focus window indicator
negative:heavy
soft, CA at full length
comment:this is my first tele-lens also my first 'other' lens!
perfectly complements the kit lens in focal length, although i want longer zoom (big beercan) but after reading some review and price consideration i finally pick this.
i'm a bit shocked about the pictures i've taken at full length, it's quite bad! very soft, and CA is annoying. but well, maybe i'm just new to photography world.
it shows excellent result taking some portraits/close-ups.
bright color, nice sharpness (just to remind, definitely not at 210mm)

reviewer#6468 date: Nov-26-2009
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:
missing
price paid:10 USD most recent
positive:Build
colors
build
range
build
negative:None
comment:I have owned a beercan or two since they came out back in 1985. It is a great lens that has a decent zoom range and my copies have been tack sharp. Taken photos with Maxxum 5000, 7000, 8000i bodies as well as a Sony a-200 body. focus is slightly quicker on the digital body than the film bodies. It can get a bit heavy to carry around all day, but the quality makes it seem a small trade off.
reviewer#6286 date: Oct-28-2009
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 100-300 4.5-5.6 xi
Minolta 80-200 2.8
Sony 70-300 G 4.5-5.6
price paid:179 USD
positive:f4 throughout range
Internal focusing
all-metal build
Colours are typical Minolta: beautiful
Bokeh is gorgeous
negative:Hunts a little in low light
Noisy auto focus
comment:This was my first tele-zoom and well worth the money. If you can find a decent copy of this classic Minolta lens, snatch it up. You won't regret it. Much more useful than the new Sony 70-300 G 4.5-5.6. The constant f4 will help you in low-light situations.

Sure, it's a tad noisy in auto-focus mode, but for one quarter the price of the Sony with it's fancy SSM, you're getting a solid, all-metal built lens.

I've shot some truly awesome concert photos with this lens back when I just got my a100 and it really shines outdoors as well, shooting sports. Decent for portraits as well. All-round most useful zoom. Especially for the price. Did I mention the bokeh is gorgeous?
reviewer#6222 date: Oct-14-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 APO
Min 135/2.8
price paid:160 USD
positive:-Built like a tank
-Sharp
-Internal zoom (see below)
-Constant f/4
negative:-Can become heavy after a while
-CA !!!
-Internal Zoom (see below)
-Rotating Filter
comment:Got this used from a Dyxum member, to replace my busted-AF Sigma 70-300 APO.

Range is a little short, I miss the extra 90mm sometimes, but the constant aperture is really nice, and it's sharp enough wide open.

Internal zoom is a 2 sided blade... I like the fact that it does not extend when zooming-in, but it makes for a pretty bulky lens that BARELY fits in my bag. Build is amazingly solid, all metal, which makes for a pretty heavy lens to carry around all day.

AF is rather slow, but still acceptable in good light.

A nice lens to use, operation is buttery smooth, IQ is good and built can't be beat !

reviewer#6193 date: Oct-7-2009
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:-Sigma 70-300mm APO
-Big beercan
price paid:$50.00 USD
positive:-Great color
-Great build quality
-Zoom doesn't extend lens
negative:-A bit bulky
comment:
missing
reviewer#6161 date: Oct-2-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 55-200/4-5.6
Tamron 70-200/2.8
Minolta 100-300/4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta 75-300/4.5-5.6 *New*
price paid:$110 USD with 50/1.7
positive:Solid feeling
Constant f/4 aperture
Accurate AF, very little hunting
Sexy looking
negative:Bad focus ring design (see comments)
210mm is soft
comment:I am judging this lens on the fact that it is just a lens, and I won't let the legend of the Beercan influence me.
Sharpness I would rate a 4, because it is a 5 between 70mm and 135mm, falls off to a 4 at 150mm, and falls to a 3 at 210mm. It is wonderful at f/8 for the entire range of the lens, but it seems to me that the sharpness at infinity never got to be as sharp as the 100-300APO. F/4 is nice to use at a MLB baseball game, but using it at 210mm was not an option, I had to stop down to f/5.6 and ISO1600 for a night game, and there was still plenty of purple fringing on the numbers and names of players.
My pet peeves about the build of the lens:
The focus ring travels with the front element. That is the weirdest thing to me. I have never encountered that on another lens, so it's just weird. The snap on lens hood is just weird too, because it isn't the most secure and seems like the clips could break easily. Aside from those flaws, the build is great. You know you are holding a solid lens the moment you touch it. There is NO zoom creep, and it's amazing how smooth the zoom ring operates. The rear element stays put during zooming action, so there's less of a chance of dust being brought into the lens.
I know I will be shunned for making this comment, but I wish the colors were more true to the actual scene, instead of the Minolta colors. You can definitely see a difference in color when looking through this lens, and it's the only lens of mine where it was a pronounced difference.

I prefer using the Sony 55-200 over the Beercan because of the 55mm end, and the Sony carries f/4.5 deep into the focal range (to about 150mm). And when absolute sharpness and speed is needed, the Tamron 70-200/2.8 is up to the task.
reviewer#6111 date: Sep-23-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Big Beercan.
price paid:
missing
positive:Fast AF. Good picture quality and great color.
negative:Heavy, I can never get this thing steady without a tripod.
comment:
missing
reviewer#6060 date: Sep-16-2009
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 135mm F2.8
Minolta 28-135mm
price paid:50 USD
positive:Sharp
Great color
Solid build
Bokeh
negative:A touch of CA on occasion
comment:I purchased this lens at a steep discount because it has a bit of fungus inside the front element. Despite this, its been a great lens, very sharp with great Minolta color. This is my go-to lens at sporting events, or with the dogs at the beach. The AF is pretty fast once oriented, and generally pretty accurate on my A300. The build is amazing. My girlfriend dropped it from 5 feet and, despite my horror, it was unaffected! This is the best telephoto lens in that focal range that I can afford and I'm very content with it.
reviewer#6048 date: Sep-14-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF100-400
Minolta AF100-200
Minolta AF28-135
Sigma AF70-300APO
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp within its limits
Excellent saturated colours
Constant F4
Nice bokeh
negative:Heavy and large lens
Slow autofocus
comment:A fine lens - however, current prices reflect the hype around this lens to an extend that is not really justified.

None the less especially the colours are very nice and well saturated meaning that close-up shots (isolating a person or an object in front of the background) always looks very appealing to the eye.

Used as telelens at long focus distances e.g. at infinity it's nothing "special" - it's okay, but not excellent.
The main advantage is seen at relative close focus distance with a lot of bokeh out of focus (low depth of image) - this is what this lens is excellent for.
reviewer#6025 date: Sep-10-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 135mm f/2.8, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 1:1, Minolta 100-300mm xi, Sigma 70-300mm DL
price paid:80 USD (consigment)
positive:Nice bokeh, beautiful colors, sharp detail for zoom lens, built like a tank
negative:Heavy
comment:Colors and bokeh produced by this lens are beautifil. Detail sharpness is good from f/4 up to f/22.
Of course, detail is not as good as prime lenses produce, but as good as zomm lens can go. If you find good copy, colros, f/4-5.6 bokeh quality at 210mm end, will please you big way. For reasonable pice this lens is worth of buying.
reviewer#6019 date: Sep-9-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 28mm f2.8
price paid:128 GBP (used)
positive:- f4 all the way through
- Tank like construction
- Pretty sharp all the way through
- Great range for APS-C sensors
negative:- some chromatic aberration (red/cyan)
- Fairly slow AF
- Really quite heavy
comment:Well for the price you can get it for it really is extremely good. It can be amazingly sharp at f4, but other days the AF won't quite do it justice and it'll sit there hunting for ages. I generally stop it down to around f7 to keep it as constantly sharp as possible. The weight really does ruin any chance of balance on the grip of my a300. Hopefully that'll change as I upgrade bodies.

All that said, I love it...
reviewer#6009 date: Sep-7-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:tamron 28-300 xr ld
minolta 18-70
minolta 28-80
(on canon) kit 55-200?
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp all the way through
constant apeture good
build
satisfying weight
sharper than the tamron 28-300
negative:slow af
filter rotates when focusing
comment:I miss my beercan, I might be the only person who has had one fall apart.

I got it for $150 au some years back so it was cheap

I found it to be a great portrait lens. and much sharper than the tamron I replaced it with.

Af was pointles on my old 404si but not so bad when i got it on my 5d.

One day I may own one again.
reviewer#5957 date: Sep-2-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO
- Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G
- Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
price paid:
missing
positive:- built like a tank
- f/4 all the way
negative:- chromatic aberration
- mediocre AF speed
- a tad soft wide open, stop down for max resolution
comment:What a beautiful piece of equipment built by Minolta in the 80's! A major step-up from the 75-300/4.5-5.6 kit lens, imo the beercan is even better than the Minolta 100-300/4.5-5.6 APO which by itself is a nice piece of glass. But both are outpaced by the 70-300/4.5-5.6 SSM G now.

Pity, no modern equivalent from Sony so far.
reviewer#5941 date: Aug-30-2009
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:Tokina 19-35
M35-105
M50/1.7
M135/2.8
Sigma 105Macro
M28-85
Vivitar Series1 105/2.5
Sony 75-300
price paid:239 USD
positive:Sharp
Colors
Fixed Aperature
negative:Heavy
Slow
comment:Wow! Stopped down to f5 this lens becomes a marvelous tool for taking lovely photos.
Yes its heavy, but so what. I wish the focus was faster but i bought this for the lovely colors, bokeh & sharpness. & they are all there. I have had no problems with flare but i do use the hood always.
reviewer#5765 date: Jul-27-2009
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 80-200/2.8HSG
Mini Beercan
Sigma 70-300DL macro
price paid:240AU (used)
positive:Fairly sharp
Built solidly
negative:Some CA at long end
comment:I still own this lens, so thought I would do a review.

If you can get one cheap, its well worth it, better than kit lenses. I would say its sharper than the Mini Beercan but not sharper than the 80-200/2.8HSG. Much sharper than the Sigma 70-300DL macro. Softens a touch as it gets closer to 210mm.

Can suffer from a bit of flare and CA with strong lighting, but generally the colours it produces are very good.

It seems to be built well and I have found it to be reliable.

If you ask would I buy the beercan or the new 70-300G, I would say buy the 70-300g if you can afford it, otherwise get the beercan if on a budget.
reviewer#5747 date: Jul-23-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:16/105 - 50f1.7 - 100/200 - 75/300New
price paid:128 €uro - 156 €euro
positive:Colore - Contrasto - Costruzione - AF abbastanza veloce considerando l'etŕ
negative:A f.4 non offre il meglio - Aberrazione cromatica a tutte le focali - Peso - Ingombro
comment:Ok!! la fidelizzazione e l'amore per Minolta (tanto di cappello e oso anche inchinarmi), Ok!! il fatto di prendere un F.4 a buon prezzo ma francamente con un comunissimo 55-200 di Sony o Tamron si ottiene la stessa resa senza il problema del peso e dell'aberrazione cromatica (bordi viola). Avere un F.4 che non offre la migliore resa a quel diaframma equivale a rinunciarci, anche perche con le nuove fotocamere tipo la mia Alpha700 uno stop di diaframma mancante fa solo ridere se coniugato anche all'antivibrazione. I fedelissimi del marchio avranno tanto da ridire su quanto affermo ma all'atto pratico e senza troppe pippe mentali la realtŕ corrisponde a quanto descritto sopra.
reviewer#5735 date: Jul-20-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50, Sony 70-300G, Minolta 80-200G APO,
Tamron 11-18
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp, nice color, creamy bokeh
negative:focus not so fast
comment:I use this lens a lot for portrets. There is just something special about it. I also take the beercan with me when I want to travel light and I don't want to carry the Minolta 80-200. I think I will never sell this lens.
reviewer#5720 date: Jul-18-2009
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:18-70mm Sony kit lens
28-135 4.0-4.5 Minolta beercan
50mm 1.7 Minolta
price paid:40.00 USD
positive:Very sharp photos, overall an real good lens
negative:heavy, hunts in low light
comment:I got this lens along with the 28-135 and 50mm for 40.00 USD at a pawn shop. All three lens were in mint condition. I thank God for getting such a great deal.
reviewer#5713 date: Jul-16-2009
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:KM 28-75 2.8 D
Minolta 50 1.7
price paid:100
positive:Bokeh is nice.
When everything works it makes very emocional images
negative:I think there are too few keepers with this lens.
Flare.
comment:I'm not sure if I got a bad version or not. But I get many blurred images with this lens - even at 70mm. Some seem fine, but not that sharp compared to images taken with the two others. The focus time is fine with my a300 - actually quite fast. I daren't use this lens for weddings since there are way too many misses. The two other lenses gets the job done with very few misses.
The feel can be quite magic - but the magic of the 50 1.7 is stronger :-)
KM 28-75 2.8 is just shaaarp and really fast.
Kinda dissapointed with the mighty beercan...
reviewer#5707 date: Jul-16-2009
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:Sony 55-200 4-5.6
KM 75-300 (big beercan)
price paid:165
positive:Fixed length!
Very sharp!
Constant aperture!
GREAT boken!
VERY well built!
negative:No Internal focusing.
Flare
comment:I love this lens! But now that I have a KM 75-300 Big Beercan it has seen a little less use(I do mostly birding.).
This lens is sharp from F5 up! Its sweet spot is F8(about as sharp as it gets!). I am what some people call a "pixel peeper". If the photo isnt sharp...I wont use it. Now that I have went from my sony 55-200 to this...I have alot more acceptable photo's! If you dont need the 300mm and your shooting in a lower lit enviroment then this is the lens to have! But for birding I find that my Big Beercan is just as sharp (I usually on shoot at F7.1-F9 when birding). But I LOVE the internal zoom! When im walking around...I have this lens and my 28-75 2.8 with me! This lens has never flared on me, But I also ALWAYS use the hood(even indoors).
reviewer#5704 date: Jul-15-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:- Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 Macro Super II
price paid:130 EUR on eBay
positive:- Built like a tank.
- Very sharp.
- Fantastic bokeh.
- Internal zoom.
- f4 all around.
negative:- Bulky & Heavy.
- Slow focus on my A100.
- Purple fringing on highlights.
comment:Ahhh the beercan, the lens that is so mythical that everyone should have one...

Bought it on eBay without the metal lens hood... bought the lens hood on eBay separately; never had any flare issues with it.

You'll have a hard time finding a lens built like this one, it really is a tank and to prove it mine is mint condition and is probably 15-20 years old.

Very sharp results on 70 or 210, extremely good bokeh which makes an excellent portrait lens.
Although f4 at 70 is nothing specially, f4 at 210 is; but I do tend to stop it down a bit from f4.

I only have to issues with it:
- If the camera misses the focus point, it takes a very long time to cycle back to the focus point... can be frustrating in a Airshow for example.
- In my lens I have a noticeable amount of purple fringing on high-contrast highlights (sun reflection on metal surfaces for example). The lens is known to suffer from that a bit and also happens to the beercan of friend of mine but to less extent...

Guess I just got unlucky with the purple fringing bit..

Strongly recommended.
reviewer#5561 date: Jun-20-2009
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:
missing
price paid:gift
positive:Very sharp in good light
Great color and bokeh.
Build like a tank.
negative:Hunt a little in low light
comment:This was given to me by my Dad and this lens is everything you read about. An awesome lens for 25 + year sold.

For flower pictures, the colors are great. I wish it had a shorter MFD but its workable.

I found it too slow for hockey pictures in dimly lit rinks so I purchase a Sigma 70-200 f2.8. In bright light, the beercan is every bit as good as the sigma without the weight.
reviewer#5494 date: Jun-2-2009
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:100-200mm F4.5
100-300 APO
price paid:125
positive:Bomb proof
Constant F4
Sharpness
negative:It's a bit like a full beer-can
Occasional cold cast colour
comment:Good lens overall and a very satisfying step up from kit but the similar reach 100-200 F4.5 got more use. It was easier to carry, didn't sacrifice much if anything in terms of IQ. This was closer focussing though which can be handy. AF on the 5D in poor to average light was slow (prob more due to camera than lens) but for objects in decent light this produced the goods. The danger of hyping this lens too much is that similarly good lenses of the first AF generation become under valued.
reviewer#5477 date: May-31-2009
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:100-200mm f4.5
price paid:120 USD
positive:Great Bokeh
Excellent Metal Build
Sharp
good zoom range
Love the colors
negative:May hunt a little in low light
really heavy
Macro
comment:Both the 100-200mm and the beercan are great lens, I would recommend both to anyone. I love both lens and got it for a good deal and you can too if you look hard enough.

Beercan: I paid 300 for 2 beercans, but sold one for 180.
-pros: slightly Sharper(not by much), Superior bokeh, love the macro even though it isn't true macro, wider zoom range, F4
-cons: more expensive, and heavier

100-200mm: Paid 80 bucks for a like new copy.
-Pros: cheaper; lighter; better for long hikes; Sharp; I think this lens produces better colors then the beercan, but that could be b/c I got a good copy.
-cons: would like more range. Thats about it, not many negatives.


If cost is an issue, go for the 100-200, you will not be sorry, but if you have money get the beercans, you will not regret it.
reviewer#5417 date: May-21-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm Macro F2.8
Minolta 28-135mm F4.0-4.5 XX's Crossed
Minolta 135mm F2.8
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta 100-200mm F4.5
Minolta 35-105mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-85mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm F4.0
Sigma 35-135mm 3.5-4.5
Minolta 100-300mm APO F4.5-5.6
Sony 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
price paid:250 USD (used)
positive:
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negative:
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comment:
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reviewer#5413 date: May-20-2009
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:18-70 kit lens
price paid:$238 (used)
positive:- Amazing Bokeh
- Built for defending yourself
- Internal telephoto extension
- Macro
negative:- Slow focusing on low light
comment:Great piece of glass for the price I paid for. I cannot afford any G lenses and this is as close as I can get to a G.

Bokeh for portraiture at full telephoto is just amazing. Set the A200 sharpness at +1 and beercan at F5 and viola! Sharp subject with strong details and blurred background. What more can you ask?

3D effect can be achieved by setting beercan to around F8, but you have to step back a little.

This little gem will never be sold. It will stay with me until the end of its life. My next lens would be the 50mm 1.8, that will be the last one for my arsenal.

My dream lens would be the Minolta 100 F2... I'm still wishing and hoping and praying for one!
reviewer#5397 date: May-17-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-300g, Tamron 18-250mm, Tamron 28-200mm, Tamron 28-300mm
price paid:
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positive:Inexpensive f4 zoom
negative:Slow and heavy
comment:This lens has a legendary reputation, and I'm not sure that it is entirely deserved. The main thing it has going for it is "what you get for the price." For about 200USD, you get great build quality, great color and bokeh, fixed aperture, non-extending zoom,

It is painfully slow to focus, even on the A700. It is most certainly an outdoor lens and it isn't blisteringly sharp. But I think you might be hard pressed to find a current lens that delivered better results for twice the money. That's what is special about this lens.
reviewer#5395 date: May-16-2009
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:Minolta 75-300 New
price paid:Ł150(used)
positive:Sharpness
Colour
Bokeh
Build
negative:Value for money
comment:Top quality lens but overpriced.

The 75-300 New equals this lens in almost every respect between 75 and 210 except the sharpness at maximum aperture and the beercan controls flare a little better.

Nevertheless a quality lens if you dont mind the price tag.
reviewer#5364 date: May-9-2009
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:Sigma 18-200
Minolta 28-85
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 24-50
price paid:75 EURO
positive:Color Sharpnes Bokeh Build strong
negative:None
comment:This lens is 2 hold on for, i would not sell this lens. Also i bought it for a very nice price :-)Very good lens strong build , i like a heavy lens. When i look at the sigma's they are much lighter in weight. I hope that i will make much more good pictures in the future with this "Beercan"
reviewer#5354 date: May-7-2009
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:MAF 100/2,8 Macro, MAF 28-105/3,5-5,6, MAF 100-300/4,5-5,6 MAF 50/1,7
price paid:110 EUR (used)
positive:Very good sharpness, even on a big distance, takes goods macro pictues from a larger distance (1:4), very nice colours, very good bokeh!
negative:A bit too heavy, not very good flare controls, makes sometime light blicks, a bit slowly AF, sometimes have problem with red flowers -colours are flooding each side, sometimes hounting too much
comment:Great lens! takes great pictures, worth its price, great for taking picutes from long distance, abit better for evening low light photography than other zooms MAF's due to stable 4 aperture, ready to take great evening and day pictures. very nice colours, very good bokeh!
Even now after more than 20-years of production end, I think it is much better than most manufactured now (plastic ones), a must experience for all Minolta and Sony Alpha users, not to miss that!
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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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