Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#5037 date: Mar-14-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-200/2.8
Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp
amazing bokeh
great colours
solidly built
Fast and accurate AF
negative:paint chips off easily
rubber grip has some play (at least on my copy)
MFD
rotating front element
comment:Before I bought this lens I had the Tamron 70-200/2.8, which I returned because of inconsistent AF-performance. Luckily I found a used Minolta 80-200 HS and I have to say this lens is in another league. AF is fast and accurate all of the time, there is no hunting unless you put the lens in very extreme situations. The colours and the bokeh are as good as they can get with a zoom and the sharpness is excellent at all apertures (although there is a slight drop at 200mm and f2.8, but still usable)

The MFD can be annoying from time to time but then again a 70/80-200 2.8 lens is not a macro lens. Also my lens is not in a very good shape cosmetically, but as long as it takes good photos it doesn't annoy me
reviewer#4781 date: Feb-1-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sigam 70-200 2.8 DG
price paid:
missing
positive:Beautiful colors, very fast af, sharp
negative:minimal focus distance
comment:Beautiful colors, at 80 - 100 makes very good portraits. Also suitable for indoor sports because is a fast lenses, fast AF and beautiful bokeh.
reviewer#4211 date: Oct-11-2008
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:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
Deitz 28-200
Tamron 20-35 3.5-4.5
Angenieux 28-70 F2.6
price paid:1300 USD
positive:Amazing sharpness
Unbelievable image quality
Great hood
72mm filter
Blazing fast autofocus
negative:none, not one
comment: Where do I start. I love this lens. I was in the camera shop the other day, and got to hang out with a Sony rep who had 2 pelican cases (orange) with over 50,000 dollars worth of Sony's finest lenses. I tried every one I could. (see A900 shipping from sonystyle.com forum) I got to handle and take pictures with a Sony A900 serial number 000000. I provided a pic on that thread. I attached the 70-200 SSM to my A100. Then, my 80-200 HS G (for gold, as in the best) I noticed it was sharper at close zoom and it focused faster than the SSM. The rep offered to buy it from me, that is the truth. It has gorgeous elements and incredible performance. The case liner is draped in royal purple, quite fittingly. I could go on about how great it is, but anyone who has owned one knows what I mean. One I won't be selling.
reviewer#4112 date: Sep-18-2008
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:Beercan 70-210
Sigma 70-300 dl
price paid:1900US (new old stoc
positive:Sharp
Fast focusing
Well built
Nice colour
negative:Front rotating element
Nearly 2m min focussing dist
comment:Sharper than Beercan, much sharper than Sigma, super fast focusing. Colour and contrast is very good.

For those who love filters, be aware the front element rotates. I love this lens otherwise.

Update: flare can be a problem in some situations. If possible it seems to work better on the A900 than the A700.
reviewer#3913 date: Aug-2-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200 mm f2.8 G SSM
Tokina 80-200 mm f 2.8 ATX pro
price paid:950 €
positive:Fast AF
Sharpness
Colors
Small for a 80-200 mm
Bokeh
It is a G!
Quality of construction with exception the painting!!
negative:Minimum focus distance 1.8 m
Rotating front element
Cannot use Sony TC
Painting
comment:A good lens I recommend any one that cannot buy the version of Sony 70-200 mm 2.8.
This lens is a classic.
Attention use only UV quality filters!
reviewer#3701 date: Jun-11-2008
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:CZ16-80
24-105(D)
100-300 APO
70-200SSM
price paid:120000 JPY
positive:Fast AF
Sharpness
Great Colors
Boken
Size for relative focal range
negative:Minimum focus distance
Front Rotating when focus
comment:80-200G is a great lens. It's sharpness from F2.8 and wonderful colors deeply impressed me. And the build quality is very good except its rotating front when focus.
To my surprise, its AF speed is higher than that of 70-200ssm, while the latter can focus much more quitely. But, to me, AF speed is much more important so that the noise doesn't bother me much.
The only thing that bothers me is its 1.8m minimum focus distance. Fortunately, I don't take close-up pictures that much.
Anyway, this is the best lens I've ever used. I love it.
reviewer#3666 date: Jun-3-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-70 G
Sigma 70-300mm Macro 4-5.6
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
price paid:about 250€
positive:Extra FAST Focus
Sharpness
Contrast and Micro contrast
BOKEN
COLORS
Construction
Focus button
White color =)
Compact for type of lens
Doesn't extend
negative:Weight
Close focus distance
Paint jumps out
Brutal focus
comment:First of all, quite close to perfect lens.

Yes it's heavy, it's supposed to be, it's got glass, paint it's not the best (doesn't influence performance) but it's well sealed lens, and focus could be smoother, but than it's fast, you can't miss a photo. Why is it not perfect, well close distance is too long, something it shares with it's cousin 28-70mm f/2.8 G (that is even worst than this one).

This lens is compact, has an huge IQ, very very good sharpness, best at 80 f/5.6 where it is emaculate perfection as good as 50mm f/4 in 28-70G and better than 50 f4.5 in 50f/1.4. Excelent contrast and micro contrast.
Like G stands for, this quality minolta lens has superb BOKEN and COLORS, never seen one like it, although 28-70 G comes pretty close but hasn't got the zoom.
It terms of speed focus, it can even make a Minolta 7D focus really fast and that's saying alot

All in all my favorite photos are taken with this lens.

Oh and don't compare it with lens out of its category, it is so much better. Only the beercan in terms of value, the rest is way worst. My sigma 70-300 didn't look bad in Minolta 7D 6MP sensor but in A700 it really sucks, i can do a digital 2x crop to a image of this 80-200 G and it looks a lot better than Sigma at 300.
reviewer#3568 date: May-8-2008
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 28-75d
sigma 17-35 ex dg
minolta f4 {beer can}
sigma 50mm macro
minolta 50mm f1.7
minolta md mount mc rockkr pg58mm f1.2
price paid:$1600.usd nib
positive:solid
very very fast fun and sharp
did i say fast?
negative:nothing much just the non removable tripod collar
comment:awsome lens love it great for low light. the olny real problem is they keep going up in price. it fits great on my km-7d and vc7d. Great for photojurnlism and over all the best lens ive ever shot with...
reviewer#3401 date: Mar-25-2008
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:4/200 G
1,4/85 G
1,8/135 G
2,8/ 28-70 G
2,8 70-210 Sigma
price paid:1300 Euro
positive:Sharp, fast AF, great colours, relative small for a 80-200
negative:Weight, but quality is heavy!!
Minimum distance of 1,8 m
Can´t use it with converter
comment:This is a great lens. The image Quality is so great. I think this is the best zoom lens Minolta every built. The shaprness and colors are great.
I love it...
reviewer#3399 date: Mar-25-2008
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:70-200SSM
Beercan
price paid:1000
positive:COLOR!
Speed of focus
Sharpness
Bokeh
negative:Size
comment:Every time I use this lens, the colors amaze me. No PP required. I can print on the spot (portable printer) and have show-quality output. Much more saturated than the beercan. Focuses as fast (or faster) than the SSM. The SSM I compared it to was also softer wide open, but it may have been a bum copy.

No need to upgrade for me...ever.
reviewer#2835 date: Oct-8-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nikon 70-200 2.8
Pentax 80-200 4.7
Min 35-105. 3.5-4.5
price paid:1100 CAD
positive:Fast
Great colour
Awesome bokeh
Sharp
Sturdy construction
negative:Rotating front element,
Only third party tc
comment:Complaints were made that the tripod mount won't remove. Though it adds to the weight, it positions the hand nicely to operate the zoom ring. The focus is fast and responsive. Some would say too responsive, but that is what the hs is for. Combined with the a100 stupid eye sensor focus gadget, you shouldn't miss tha fox you just missed taking off through the woods.

Though some of the features on this lens realy come into their own in sports photography and wildlife, it is also an excellent portrait lens.
reviewer#2714 date: Sep-10-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- 200mm 2.8 APO HS
- 300mm 4.0 APO HS
price paid:1000 Euro
positive:- Bokeh
- Image quality
- Sharpness
- Colour
negative:- It's so HUGE
comment:I love this lens, although I realy had to get used to it.

Sometimes AF isn't accurate on my A100, but when it's sharp, it's sharp!!! The only zoom I use.

It's huge. People often ask me if I work for a newspaper when I use it.... It's hard to stay not noticed. It makes a lot of noise. You'll hear it working hard.

Great lens! Really wanted a Sony 70-200SSM, but this one stays, so the next purchase will be..... the A700....

Update: Sold it to purchase a CZ 2470 to a fellow Dutch dyxumer who loves it even more than I did!
reviewer#2693 date: Sep-3-2007
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:sigma 70-210/2.8, sigma 70-200/2.8 ex, minolta beercan, minolta 85/1.4, tamron 90/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Almost as sharp as primes, colors, contrast, beat third party lenses.
negative:have to use third party tc's, bokeh can be harsh at times.
comment:
missing
reviewer#2547 date: Jul-15-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-200 f2.8 SSM
price paid:
missing
positive:Image quality.
Focus speed.
Bokeh.
negative:Heavy (expected).
Non-removable tripod collar.
Minimum focus distance is 1.8m.
Single focus-hold.

Rotating front element.
Cannot use Minolta/SONY TC.
comment:Good lens if you like the range and not willing to pay more for the SSM version. Focus speed is fast and I do "feel" it slightly faster than the SSM. The minimum focus distance can be a limiting factor in some occasion.

IQ is identical to the SSM with nice sharpness, contrast, color and bokeh. Depend on location, the AF sound can be considered loud. During AF you will feel the torque of the motor and it's important to hold the lens firmly. Price of this lens is creping up. It's still much cheaper than the SSM both used and new.
reviewer#2508 date: Jul-4-2007
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:Canon 70-200 f2.8 L
Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR
price paid:$850 eBay 4yrs ago
positive:Optical Quality
Build
Focus Speed
Color Reproduction
negative:Noisy Focus
Focus Hunts Sometimes
Aggressive Focusing
The Minimal Focusing Distance
Paint Chips off easily
Doesn't take Minolta TCs
comment:This is my baby...I was lucky when I bought this lens. I bought it at a time when many were leaving the Minolta system and before the announcement of the 7D. My first G lens to own, I was fortunate to shoot with three other G lenses so I had high expectations for its performance. I find the portrait shots from this lens, far more preferable than the Canon or Nikon options, though I like the USM and AF-I motors of their respective manufacturers...it certainly took too long to see the SSM version. But IMHO, I don't know of any other manufacturer with a better bokeh than Minolta G lenses. The noisy focus doesn't really bother me as much as the focus hunting (when it does) makes the camera sound strange on my 7D with the motor trying to confirm focus. Optically, well I'm preaching to the choir here, it's amazing...my friend calls it the zoom lens the God made, haha. All in all, it's a worthy perfomer, especially of the rarity of the SSM version or the insane price of the Sony version. I find it appalling that many on the used market are being bought and sold for it's brand new price...sheesh.
reviewer#2504 date: Jul-2-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:200/2.8
70-210 f4
70-210 f3.5-4.5
100-300 APO D
price paid:
missing
positive:G quality
Cover what you expect from it
Colours
Sharpness
Fast, fast, fast
negative:At 200mm is less sharp than my 200/2.8, but this is normal
Too heavy for walkabout photography
Minimal focus distance
comment:A lens that I always dreamt to own.

I sold because some economic problems and because I have a 200/2.8 too, and I think I was not using enough for what I paid for

Another question I dislike is the 1.8m minimum focus distance

Be prepared for the weight of this massive zoom
reviewer#2450 date: Jun-17-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300mm APO DG f/4-5.6
Minolta Big Beercan 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
price paid:1500 USD used (Japan)
positive:Wonderful sharpness/colour/bokeh
negative:Tripod collar not removable
Rotating front element
comment:My first G lens and I'm seriously impressed. Never thought I would own such a lens, but I managed to find one on Ebay in Excellent+ condition.
reviewer#2394 date: May-31-2007
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:- Crappy telezooms and sharp primes
price paid:1200€
positive:- Image quality even at F2.8
- Focus Speed
- Colours
- Build Quality
negative:- Rotating front filter
- Minimum focus distance
- only one focus hold button
- no dedicated tc for this one
comment:Ive now had mine for half a year, and this one is the lens that i used the most. I got one in mint condition, and i have not scraped any paint of it my self. This is a heavy lens, im young and the weight really does not bother me, but it can be too much for some ppl. This lens is a blast to use, and it inspired me greatly to improve my photography skills.

The negatives for this lens are all fixed with the SSM, but for the price, i think ill keep to this one, its the image quality that matters, and this gives more than sufficient results. Also this one has more great things then negatives, and they are not really negatives, just features. :)

The minimum focus distance has not bothered me, but i know its there. No problem recommending this lens, especially if you need an F2.8 zoom. All things said about 'G' is true ;)

// Update // 3.4.2009
After time has passed, i still own this lens and im more than happy with it. Its a lens that i will not sell easily. Its blazing fast on A700 and all that i said before it still delivers. A keeper for me.
reviewer#2291 date: May-9-2007
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:1250 USD (mint)
positive:Bokeh
Fast
IQ / color rendition
Build
negative:Tripod collar
Brutal focusing, but that's because of the speed
comment:Incredible lens. The very creamy bokeh makes you forget the price (almost)! It's fast in more than one meaning and the sharpness is really very close to high quality primes I've used in the past on other mounts. Not much difference with the SSM version in terms of speed (slightly faster actually), but it is also more brutal.

Sony Alpha 100
Minolta - AF 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G
Tamron - SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical
Sigma - 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC
Sony - AF 50 F1.4
Sony - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sigma - EF 500 DG SUPER
reviewer#2165 date: Apr-16-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-200 Apo
85G(D)
Beercan
100-300 Apo G(D)
price paid:1000USD(mint used)
positive:Sharpness
Color
Contrast
Bokeh
AF speed
negative:Flare control (see below)
Weight
Tripod color does not come off
Paint comes off easily
AF fast, but not smooth
comment:One of the fanciest lens and overpriced at eBay. Overall performance is stellar! The color, sharpness, contrast and bokeh have very little to complain about. However it does have shortcomings:
1. Flare control: You hardly see halos or ghost flares in the pictures, that's true. But when aperture is wide open, the effect of flare causes softening and less contrast of the images. This softness is much improved when aperture is smaller than f4.0, but you do sense the softness quite often when at 200mm f2.8, especially when the image being enlarged to 1:1. I heard that Sony 70-200SSM, which is coated to maximize digital sensor performance, has improved on this issue.
2. Build like a tank. But the paint is the weakest part of the structure. It comes off here and there quite easily. You have to take care of this lens like a baby.
3. Marked as "HS", AF speed is fast. But you do sense the torque while AF ring is turning (and front element also turns). While AF is trying to trace a moving subject, you simply feel "cogwheel rigidity" of this lens!
reviewer#2164 date: Apr-16-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:everything else than below
negative:weight&size (normal)

Not compatible with minolta tcs

min focus distance could be shorter.
comment:Excellent lens. Prime quality all the way. Great at 2.8, superb at 4

Honestly, I'll put it this way. If 2.8 is fast enough, if you are willing to carry this lens, this can replace every prime in the range. sharper than 85 1.4, as sharp as 100:2 slightly inferior to 200 2.8

Af is pretty fast, in fact probably as fast as it gets in minolta mount. rarely hunts.

If you are willing to deal with the weight and tc issues, highly recommended.

Oh, and it sadly flares inside the barrel.
reviewer#2012 date: Mar-23-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:beercan, big beercan, 200/2.8G
price paid:US$975
positive:Sharp, fast, accurate, not too heavy, creamy bokeh, great colors
negative:non-removeable tripod collar
rotating front element
missing focus lock button for portrait orientation
no focus limiter
no focus ring clutch or cover
doesn't take Minolta TC
comment:This lens is great for shooting my kids at sporting events. Perfect range, especially for indoor. Awesome IQ and the flexibility of a zoom. If I know I only need 200mm then I take the 200/2.8G for the portability and slight edge in IQ, but otherwise this lens gets lots of use.
reviewer#1738 date: Feb-3-2007
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Beercan
Big Beercan
price paid:1050 Euro
positive:The looks
The solid feel and sound
negative:White paint chips off easy
comment:My first G glass lens. Inspite of reading how 'slow' the 7D focusses this lens is fast. I pointed at a gull flying by not to close and the outcome was sharp and full of detail. And that was my first day out with the lens. The colors are nice and warm too.
And the weight? What's 1,5 kilo compared to my 'beerbelly' I'm dragging around all the time ;-)
reviewer#1363 date: Oct-30-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F4 and M 80-200 xi
price paid:1500
positive:Color, Focusing(lightning fast), it is a G lens, bokeh, internal focus, Sharp
negative:Heavy (to be expected) , tripod collar can't be removed.
comment:What else can I say about this lens that has not already been said. Beautiful, build quality is outstanding and if taken care of it should out last the camera, my car and probably me. Other reviewers have mentioned how fast the focusing is, Oliphoto even used the adjective "brutal" and I have to agree, but, in a great way. I was at the park shooting some geese, a father and son walked in front of my shot; the lens focused on them for the instant they were in my viewfinder then once out of frame locked on to the geese again. If not for the size, I would use it for my portrait and walk around lens.
reviewer#1356 date: Oct-28-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-210 2.8
Sigma 70-200 2.8 EX DG
Beercan
price paid:1600 USD LN
positive:Super Sharp
Build Quality
Compact Size
negative:Front rotates when focusing
Minimum focus too long
comment:I wanted to purchase the 70-200 SSM but I didn't want to wait any longer and spend more money. This came up and I got fortunate and bought it.

This is the nicest lens I have ever seen, used or owned. The sharpness, color and bokeh are wonderful. The build quality is top-notch. If you want the best, this is it.

I sold this lens recently to buy the Sony 70-200 SSM. If the 80-200 had a closer minimum focus I would have never purchased the SSM. I miss it. It's that nice.

Update 10/31/10: I purchased another LN 80-200HS APO today and sold the 70-200 SSM. Why? Because I like the 80-200 HS better.

reviewer#1353 date: Oct-27-2006
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:KM 24-70 f3.5-4.5
Sigma 24-135 f2.8-4.5
KM 50 f1.4
price paid:$1500 (new)
positive:Color in white tracks lots of attention.
What else I have to say, pro!!!
negative:None
comment:I own it more then 7 years. Had many pro-shots on my 800si and 7D. Really good in low light, supper sharp, well build, pro-looks, fast zoom, I mean every thing is good on the lens. Prime Lens.

Update: long waited for the A850 full frame finally have it, love the camera and of course this G lens still the best.
reviewer#1286 date: Oct-6-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:18-200 sigma
price paid:800GBP (used)
positive:Accuracy
Sharpness
speed of response
negative:weight
collar
comment:Only starting off but this lens if fast and focus is furious. Sharp Pictures and love the DOF you can obtain. Need to get used to the collar and the weight of this beast but they are minor. Ohh and the 1.5 m minimum focus but I don't think I have tried it in the right situations yet highly recommended.
reviewer#1241 date: Sep-26-2006
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:100-300, 100-300APO, Canon 80-200F2.8
price paid:Ł600 sterling (s/h)
positive:Excellent
negative:A small point, but when using the lens with a film camera with a vertical grip, the tripod collar gets in the way, so you have to move it. Doesn't affect performance, though
comment:Can't find a thing wrong with it. Really does the job throughout the aperture range. If you want to see how the A1oo can perform, try it with one of these on the front.
reviewer#1216 date: Sep-22-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:- 70-210 f/4
- 75-300 4.5-5.6 (D)
price paid:860 CHF (680 USD)
positive:+ Extremely sharp
+ it's a pure G lens
+ Amazing colour rending
+ Fast... and furious!
+ Ultimate Build quality
+ Comfortable focal range
+ White!
negative:- Weight
- Tripod collar which is permanently fixed
- Rare to find
comment:This lens is a legend, and owning it is such a pleasure. Actually, this is the reason why I will stay in the Minolta mount for long. The fact that this lens is so rare makes it even more pleasant to shoot with it.

It's sharp... so sharp, so quick that you can finally get this super pro render in your shooting sessions. The colour rending is just amazing, with warm and realistic tones. Shooting in raw, and you 'll get the best of it (I use Capture One and the result is exaclty what I'm looking at).

The AF is fast... and furious! After few minutes shooting with it, and you'll understand to whom it had been designed... G for Pros and serious amateurs that seeks ultimate results. Working on my KM5D, I rarely use the MF.

The only minor (very minor actually) points would be its weight and the tripod collar that you can't remove. But shooting with a white lens is so nice, that you can accept everything!!! ;-)

I used to shoot with the 70-210 f/4 before, and yes it's a nice price/quality lens, but is far to be as sharp and quick that the 80-200 2.8 G! Just another league.

I made a nice bargain, as I get it for 860 Swiss Francs (680 USD), and I have no regrets at all that I jumped on it as soon as I saw it! I've doubt that you can still make such deals today, which is sad.

I use it mainly for portraits, as it gives beautiful colours, superb sharpness. For some samples, you can visit my photosig 80-200 2.8 G HS pictures:
http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/browse?id=35549

reviewer#965 date: Jul-2-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness, AF, Build quality
negative:
missing
comment:Well, I think that this is as good as it gets. I have been playing with this lens for a couple days already, and I can safely say that this is hands down one of the very best lenses Minolta has ever produced.
Sharpness as 80mm is phenomenal: it is actually better than the 85mm f1.4G! Actually, I believe that at the setting of 80mm and f8 this is the sharpest lens that Minolta has ever released.
Sharpness at 100 is comparable to the 100mm macro. The zoom is better at 135mm than the 135mm f2.8.

The AF is... violently fast. Violently, because indeed it is quite brutal, but this has to be one of the fastest focusing lenses around.

The colors are extremely pleasing.

The build quality is phenomenal. It is extremely sturdy (and this includes the metal lens hood). The tripod collar is very convenient and helps handling the lens actually.

Get one if you can!

The only negative: the current sensors don't do a favor to this lens. My film scans show how good it is, this lens is capable of much more than a 6MP or even a 10MP can deliver!
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 98
  • sharpness: 4.88
  • color: 4.97
  • build: 4.94
  • distortion: 4.93
  • flare control: 4.76
  • overall: 4.89

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