Minolta AF 70-210mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#5646 date: Jul-5-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:trade
positive:Very light
Good colors
Save a stop from most telephotos
Surprising sharpness!
negative:I only had it for a few days. . .
Kinda cheap feeling
comment:I picked this up in a trade, but quickly sold it to help pay for my sigma 70-200. I took some test shots and was shocked. It looked and felt like a p.o.s., but it most definitely was not! Only squeezed off a couple frames, but that was enough to see a major improvement over similar shots from a Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 LD. Way lighter than beercan. I've heard of zoom creep being an issue, and I could see how it could happen, though mine did not exhibit any.
reviewer#5644 date: Jul-5-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 135 f2.8
- Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6 APO
- Minolta 100-200 f4.5
- Sigma 75-300 f4-5.6 DL
price paid:85 USD (used)
positive:- relatively fast
- pretty sharp wo, sharp stopped down to f6.3 - f8
- CA well controlled
- classic Minolta colors
- weight
- good bokeh
- 55mm filters
negative:- zoom creep
- flare control
- front element rotates
comment:This is a nice travel lens due to its compact size and light weight. Beats the 100-200 hands down and performs reasonably well against 100-300 APO. On APS-C the range is more practical and works well as 2-lens combo with 28-75 f2.8 or 50 f1.7. Bokeh is good for portraits. I
reviewer#5582 date: Jun-23-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:Beercan
price paid:80.00 Used
positive:Nice IQ
Good fStop
Light
negative:Lens Creep is Horrendous
comment: For the price it's worth it , it's not staying on my cam at all times but i think i can put it to good use...
reviewer#5571 date: Jun-21-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL18-70mm
SAL55-200mm
price paid:RM500 (used)
positive:Nice creamy bokeh
Sharp
Minolta Color
negative:Hunt in Low Light
A bit soft @ Wide Open n End
comment:This is a great copy I got here. No noticeable CA at high contrast, even at 210mm.

Sharpness =
70mm @ f6.3
135 - 180mm @ f8~11
210mm @ f11

I really like the bokeh. It looks great n creamy. The color was warm. However, it was just a bit strange - sometime it did creep ...but most of the time it just stay cooL~

I do agree that this lens was truly underrated for its capabilities. It is light and perform well with an affordable pricing. I definitely prefer this than d legendary beercan. Some beercan might have bad copy too.

Definitely will recommend this lens to friends, just like what I'm doing now ... but this lens is a bit hard to find now, am i rigth?
reviewer#5407 date: May-19-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-200 f2.8
Tamron 18-250
Various 70-300 zooms
price paid:135 USD used
positive:Lightweight
Focus hold button
Minolta quality
negative:CA in bright sunlight
Limited usefulness with APS-C crop
comment:Bought on ebay in mint condition with case and original box. Looked new.

A beautiful example of Minolta quality. A real pleasure to use. The range was a bit limited-long on the short end and short on the long end. Had a solid feeling. Noticeable zoom creep.

Picture quality was very good. A bit soft at the long end, as usual. Beautiful colors, but easily adjusted with digital if you want to change them.

Biggest complaint, and one that I have found with most Minolta lenses, is CA. The newer lenses with digital coatings seem to perform much better in strong light.

I had high hopes for this lens, but in the end resold it on ebay. My Tamron 18-250 performed just as well with the added bonus of more versatility at both the wide and tele end. The Minolta is 1-2 stops faster, but if shooting at f8 (as I typically do), it doesn't matter. A very nice old-school lens, but I don't think that it compares to some of the newer offerings out there.
reviewer#5338 date: May-4-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-250
Minolta 35-105N, 75-300'New'
price paid:$110 US (used)
positive:weight, sharpness
negative:minor flare issues in extreme cases, soft tele at f/4.5
comment:Although I own the 18-250 I wanted this lens for Minolta qualities & an extra stop at 200mm. This lens performs very well, only a bit soft at widest setting when zoomed in but gets better quickly. This copy has no zoom creep. A torture-test flare shot shows lost contrast, but hood and caution would take care of it. Compared with 18-250 this has the warmer Minolta colors, maybe a touch less sharp than the Tam at 200mm. I'm happy that I own this lens!
reviewer#5206 date: Apr-10-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
KM 100-400 4.5-6.7
KM 35-105 3.5-4.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 G
K/M 75-300 4.5-5.6 NEW
price paid:99.00 USD
positive:Light
small
55mm filter
sharp
bokeh
colors
price
F3.5

negative:flare
small focus ring
mfd
F3.5 for 70mm

comment: I can't add much to what others have said. This is a very good , underrated lens with some strong capabilities up to 135mm or so. Mine doesn't creep, but it's zoom action isn't as pleasant as the Beercan. It can be sharp stopped down and is very good to travel with. It takes nice quality pictures for less than 130 dollars.
reviewer#5198 date: Apr-9-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-200 F2.8 APO G
70-210 F4
80-200 F4.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300 F 4-5.6
price paid:Free
positive:Bokeh
color
sharp
negative:for the price you can buy it for now? None
comment:A great zoom! Was given to me by my grandmother. not as sharp as the beercan. But very close! classic Minolta colors. I like this lens a little better than the beer can because it's lighter and easier to carry all day on your neck
reviewer#4884 date: Feb-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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 75-300
price paid:160USD(NIB)
positive:very good lens for the price
much lighter than the "beercan"
well build
negative:the clip on hood is kind of annoying i guess
comment:very nice lens for the price
i would recommend this to a friend
reviewer#4505 date: Dec-9-2008
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Konica Minolta 18-70 f/3.5-5.6
Konica Minolta 28-100 f/3.5-5.6
Minolta 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 17-35 f/3.5 G
Minolta 28-70 f/2.8 G
Minolta 100 f/2.8 macro D
Sony 70-200 f/2.8 G SSM
price paid:€ 85 (used)
positive:Reasonably build
Good range
Colors
Lightweight
Relatively cheap
Bokeh
negative:Not so fast AF
Zoom creep
Rotating front element
Lens hood mount
Minimum focus distance
Focusring small

comment:Bought this lens after the Minolta 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 to complete the range. Mine looks good, but doesn't feel as tight as the G's or a new 24-85 RS. Alternative choice is Beercan 70-210 f/4, but that one is heavier, more expensive and i didn't like its looks (like a tube) so i went for this one.
IQ is exactly as i hoped, colors and look are similar to 24-85. Build quality is definitly less than 24-85 RS. There is annoying zoom creep, flimsy mounted lens hood, overall looser feel. I always have the feeling the hood will come off one day, so bought a spare. Bokeh is much much better than 24-85 and good enough for me. Have replaced this lens with 70-200 SSM, but will keep it as lightweight travel lens.
Update: tried it on the 900 and found it less good then i could remember. Colors are still great, but sharpness just isn't what i'd like. The lens is now used on the A550 of my GF.

reviewer#4443 date: Nov-28-2008
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
price paid:160 USD (used)
positive:Realitvely small
Useful range on APS-C
Bokeh

negative:Aperture not constant
Rotating filter

comment:Very useful on APS-C at far distances. Is not dark. Good effects on potrait - nice colors and bokeh.
AF is hunting in some situations (at large focal distances). Not expensive lens which can give interesting images.
reviewer#3867 date: Jul-20-2008
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:beercan
Sony 18-200
Sony 50 F1.4
Sony 11-18
price paid:52 Eur
positive:Light, easy to carry
Good sharpness
cheap
good range for portraits
good differential focus
negative:Zooms by itself, by pointing up or down
comment:I take pictures for fun, for the fun of looking at them afterward and for the fun of taking them. I enjoy taking pictures with this lens more than with the beercan. It is a great lens to take to a picnic to take portraits of the participants. It it fast enough to blur the background and the bokeh is pleasing. It is so light I don't think twice about bringing it or not.

The zoom is super easy, it can't be called zoom creep, it should be called instant gravity zoom action, as it extends quite fast when you point it up or down. Even extended it is about the size of the beercan, but half the weight, so quite manageable walking around.

The beercan (I paid twice as much for it) is going to ebay!

Update: I find CA is heavy for all the pictures I took in sunlight where most features were very dark against snow.
reviewer#3766 date: Jun-30-2008
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 35-105N
Minolta 100-200
price paid:40 GBP
positive:Sharpness
Colour
Good focal length range
Inexpensive
negative:None
comment:Can't fault this lense. Much better than the 100-200 between these focal lengths although between 70 and 105 it is equalled by the 35-105.

A bargain for the price
reviewer#3224 date: Jan-30-2008
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:Sony SAL1870 kit lens
Minolta 70-210mm F/4.0 (Beercan)
price paid:MYR550 used
positive:Great colour
Metal mount
Sharp!!!
Filter diameter is only 55mm
Compact size
negative:Zoom creep
Hunts under low contrast
Some purple fringing in high contrast shot
comment:This is a very underrated lens. I wonder how come people almos t ignore this lens albeit the image quality it produces. This lens produces sharp image. At wide open (F/3.5), the sharpness is acceptable, sharper than the almighty Beercan. It is much sharper when stopped down a little. The colour? Very Minolta-ish (you know what I mean...lol).

There are minor 'weaknesses' for this lens. The zoom creep is there (just like most older Minolta lens design), but I can live with it. It also hunts when shooting a low contrast subject or under low lighting (which lens doesn't?). It also produce some chromatic aberration in high contrast shots, but better control compare to Beercan.
reviewer#2974 date: Nov-25-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Big and regular Beercan
Tamron 90/2.8
M42: Carl Zeiss Jena 135/3.5 MC
Yashinon-DX 135/2.8
Pentacon 135/2.8 MC
price paid:Can't remember
positive:Sharp enough between 80-200mm
Great bokeh
Lightweight
Build quality
negative:Soft at 70&210
Lacks some contrast
Not quite Minolta colours
Prone to flare and ghosting
Bad MF
Zoom creep
comment:This specimen:
I bought this new in 1992. It was a midrange lens at the time and wasn't expensive compared to Sigma for instance, this seemed like a good choice. Remember that sample variation is always a factor (less so in professional lenses), mine has seen some action but is still in very good condition.

Optical performance:
It is a bit to soft below 80 and above 200mm, at all apertures, further comments regards 80-200mm. The sweetspot in my sample is 140-160mm. It is evenly sharp across the frame, and very little vignetting. Usable wide open but stepping down to f5.6 or preferably f8 helps both sharpness and contrast a great deal. The colours are not quite up to the Minolta fame (I would rate it 4.5). Together with somewhat lacking contrast, images hasn't got the "feeling" of old Minolta glass - it doesn't give the same depth (3D-ness). It is prone to flare and ghosting (I would rate it 3,5), using a hood is a must. Shooting a dark subject against a bright background is usually a bad idea. Bokeh is exellent! Distorsion isn't an issue. CA is rarely seen.

Build quality:
It has a metal mount, a plastic exterior (high quality, dust repellent, not scratch prone) and a rubberized grip. The zoomaction is smooth with just the right amount of resistance. Manual focus is a pain not only because of the small MF-ring, it also has a high initial friction which makes it twitchy. AF is fast and accurate, much more so on my film 800si and 8000i, but quite decent on A100. It has zoom creep (extends when pointing down) and some play in the barrel when fully extended. I have used it in freezing temperatures, exposed it to saltwater, sand and dust - this lens has been put through it's paces and still looks and performs almost like new. Never dropped it though and always cleaned and let it dry out in room temperature.

Compared to:
It is smaller and lighter than the Beercans. The IQ is ALMOST at the same level, falls short in all aspects except bokeh and has less CA. I miss some of the 3D-ness the other two possess. Does not compare well with my primes...but neither do the Beercans.

Conclusion:
The 70-210/3.5-4.5 doesn't quite have the IQ of the Beercans, but it is good enough as a lighweight travel lens. It may seem cheap and flimsy but is actually well built.
These sell for 50-100 Euro on the used market which makes a very decent price/value.
reviewer#2792 date: Sep-29-2007
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:
missing
price paid:180 USD
positive:compact, light
negative:none
comment:
missing
reviewer#2711 date: Sep-9-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit Sony
28-85 3.5-4.5 Minolta
price paid:150 USD used
positive:very sharp stopped down
good color
decent AF speed
All metal feels great
negative:not great on overcast days
comment:First addition to my kit. I get great results in good light. Colors rock, nice and sharp, and seems to focus really fast (from my limited experience). I shoot kids football and cheerleading and during the day I have no complaints about image quality. Under the lights at night, not so much, but for the price to be expected.
reviewer#2379 date: May-28-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 3.5, 28-85 3.5
Sony 18-70 3.5 kit lens
Tamron 90 macro sp Di
price paid:
missing
positive:Could be sharp with enough light and stop down 8-11
Beautifull bokeh
Good lens for portraiture and wildlife or sport
negative:Zoom creep
Needed to stop down
comment:Received this lens from my father-in-law. Good performer for this range. Small and could be sharp when stop down and in good light. I hesitated to buy a beercan, but after what I read it would be to heavy to travel with and the focus on this one is pretty good.
I gave 3 for build rating because of the zoom creep. Very ennoying.
reviewer#2280 date: May-8-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M50/1.7
M28-105/3.5-4.5
KM18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:30 EUR
positive:- Light
- Colors!!!
- Decent AF
- Cheap&good
negative:- Some CA on tele

comment:No zoom creep, and allways in my bag. Very sharp stopped down to f8.
reviewer#2172 date: Apr-18-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210/4
28-85
17-35
28/1.8
50/1.7
28-105
price paid:125 EUR
positive:- sharp
- colours & contrast
- AF faster than 70-210/4
- bokeh
- compact and nice balanced
negative:none for the price
comment:70-210/4 has more CA's, slower AF and weights more.
3.5-4.5 ist the better choice
reviewer#2091 date: Mar-31-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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:beercan, sigma 70-300 APO DG, 100mm macro, 18-70, 24-85
price paid:
missing
positive:light weight
sharp
focus speed
1:4 macro at long end
negative:zoom creep
build
manual focus ring is small
comment:
Light weight lens with very decent sharpness stepped down some. Not as sharp as beercan or sigma 70-300 APO DG, with goo d colors. Focus speed is good, but can hunt at the long end of zoom. If weight really matters, this is the lens to bring along.
reviewer#2079 date: Mar-29-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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:18-70 kitlens
50 f/1,7
sigma 70-200 EX
price paid:60 Euro
positive:Light
Compact
Relatively fast
Relatively fast AF
Very sharp from 90-210
Nice bokeh
negative:Zoomcreep
Rotating filter
CA's @ 210mm
A bit soft @ 70mm
Sensetive for lens flair
comment:I like this lens a lot. It is my carry alway's with me telezoom. It pairs nice with the kitlens. It balances very well with a minolta 5D and it feels more durable than the kitlens. (my copy is 17 years old and still looks and feels like it will last another 17 years).

When jou mind strong contrasts and the position of stong light sources you can take great pictures with it. (the small hood helps a lot reducing flares but it could be bigger)

I will keep this one even when I have a f/2.8 tele. Just for the walking around.
reviewer#1955 date: Mar-12-2007
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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:70-210 f4 Beercan
price paid:30 USD (used, with some zoom range non-functional)
positive:Lightweight and small (esp. compared with beercan)
Relatively fast
Cheap
Relatively quick focusing
negative:Sharpness
Build is somewhat rickety
comment:In my tests, the beercan vastly outperformed this lens in sharpness, particularly at large apertures. Even at f11, however, the beercan was still marginally sharper.

My copy, however, may not be performing as well as others, as it only zooms up to 180mm (although I have heard that this is a somewhat common problem on this lens). This might indicate other damage which is affecting the sharpness.

On the other hand, this lens is cheap, lightweight and small. I haven't decided whether to keep it just yet. If it were somewhat sharper (again, other copies might be) I would definitely keep it as a travel lens when I didn't want to lug the beercan.
reviewer#1926 date: Mar-7-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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:AF 70-210/4.5-5.6 Zoom Nikkor
price paid:$80US
positive:lightweight, good built
negative:bokeh not pleasant
comment:Sharpness not so good, and any subject in front of focus plane is very distracting. On slight magnification color distortion (aliasing?) is present.
Easy to use and focus hold/DOF button is very convenient.
Price very low but it's what you get for that.
reviewer#1851 date: Feb-18-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 beercan
100-300 APO D
price paid:70 GBP (used)
positive:Lighter than beercan, so handy as a knockabout lens. Nearly as sharp as beercan in my tests. Cheap and easy to find used.
negative:Hunts in low light on the D7 though not as bad on the D9
Zoom creep
comment:In my tests not as sharp as 100-300 Apo D, nor is it quite as sharp as the beercan in some situations. Hunts a bit with difficult subjects on the D7 in low light (more than the beercan does), but when in good light pretty fair and copes with moving horses well, though I don't use it at the races; AF hunting not a problem when mounted on the D9. (I find that in some cases -like this one- the body the lens is on makes more difference than which lens I'm using.)
I haven't really had flare problems to date, but never use any of my lenses outdoors without a hood and either a skylight filter or polariser.
First lens I've had in 26 years of SLRs that has had zoom creep, and it is **** annoying.

On the other hand, light weight, not intimidating to subjects-a very handy and inexpensive lens. Just had some first class shots from it this week- excellent colour, moving subjects as sharp as you like, even on the D7. In good conditions takes a lot of beating, especially for the price.
reviewer#1817 date: Feb-11-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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 70-210 f4
price paid:85$
positive:Cheap, light and small
Good min focus distance
Excellent portrait sharpness
Excellent bokeh
9 blades iris
Very sharp from f4.5 to f5.6 and 70-180mm
Fast focussing wit good light
negative:Not very solid construction
Not circular aperture
At 210mm is not so good as the beercan
Zoom creep
Contrast is poor without hood
Some AC in strong contrast scenes
Hunts in low light
comment:I had this lens some months ago, and decided to sell to get a beercan. What a mistake. Both have AC problems, and both are quite good for portraits, but the beercan is heavy, long and slowly in the focusing task

I have rebought it again, and it is good travel zoom. It hunts in low light, but it is something expected in this kind of glasses. With good light it is spot on

The rubber of the zoom ring is of bad quality and use to be very degradated, take care with it.

Manual focus ring is small and not very precise
reviewer#1541 date: Dec-14-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:km 18-70/km 17-35 2.8-4/sigma 28-70 2.8/50 1.7
price paid:75€ used
positive:-sharp and nice bokeh
-light and small sized
-price
-good color and contrast
negative:- zoom creep
comment:I changed a sigma 70-300 APO for this one cause is lighter,smaller and faster. Is a good performer, with very nice colors and nice bokeh, a use it a lot for portraits.In good light conditions the AF is very fast, but hunts a bit in low light. The zoom lens tends to extend when is pointing down. I would like that built quality was better, but i like this lens.
reviewer#1292 date: Oct-8-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DL
price paid:110€-used
positive:- Light
- Good zoom range
- Sharp
- Nice bokeh
- Good colors
- under 1m close focus
distance
- good AF speed

negative:- CA; no supprises here. In bright light in contrasty scene it will be there.
- Zoom creep when walking with camera pointing down
- MF ring is there, but is useles
- AF can hunt in low contrast scene
comment:If you can't afford Minolta 200mm f/2.8 , go fot this lens. If you can afford Minolta 100-300 APO, buy this one as well. You want regret it. I can't comment on beercan, but I belive these 2 lenses are simillar performers with one much more heavy than other.
reviewer#836 date: May-25-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-200mm 3.5-6.3 DC
price paid:
missing
positive:Awesome color and sharpness. Beautiful bokeh (at least compared to lenses I have). Light and fairly small size.
negative:None yet
comment:I bought this lens because I was having trouble locating a beer can and I also wasn't sure if I wanted the added weight and size of that lens. I'm an amateur and photography is just a hobby so I can't provide a high tech review for you. I normally don't post reviews because of my lack of technical knowledge but this lens has so few reviews that I felt I should post.
This lens works great for outdoor portraits as the bokeh is absolutely gorgeous IMO. The sharpness is also good enough that it allows me see individual eyelash hairs in focus on shots from approximately 35ft away along with excellent color. I bought this lens to replace the Sigma 18-200 and am very happy with it. The sigma was a good lens but not as pleasing for portraits. The 70-210mm is just a few grams heavier than the Sigma. Also the AF is much faster than the Sigma. This lens is a great addition to the 18-70mm kit lens provided with the 5D and very affordable used. I'd still like to get my hands on a beer can to compare shots but I think the size and weight difference may have this lens win out. I gave a 3 rating for flare control but I haven't tested it for that. I figure a 3 is a neutral rating. If your looking for an affordable lens in this range that it light and fairly small I suggest you check this lens out.
reviewer#724 date: Apr-27-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-210 f2.8
Minolta 100 f2.8 macro
Minolta 200 mm APO G
price paid:150 USD used
positive:Very good color and sharpness
Relatively light and small
Inexpensive on used market. Excellent value.
negative:Zooms (creeps) when pointing down.
comment:This is an underated lens, one that I regularly pack when traveling. It performs well for candid and not so candid portraits on the street. Profile is not intimidating, it packs easily, and you can carry this forever (in comparison to my sigma 70-210 2.8). Sure, its not the Minolta 100 2.8 optically (my gold standard for '5' on the sharpness rating'), but I have been very happy with results in good light. The colors are superb. Sharpness is very good at f5.6-11, the aperture range I use 90+% of the time, and very acceptable wide open. I haven't had significant problems with flare. After several years of regular use, this lens remains one of my favorites for digital and film. All but the last image in pbase.com/ellisson 'Buenos Aires Faces' are with this lens. This is harder to come by on the used market, and I understand why.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 64
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 3.98
  • distortion: 4.34
  • flare control: 3.89
  • overall: 4.24

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