Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#9840 date: Jan-24-2012
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 70-210 F4 Beercan
Sony SAL 75-300 F4.5-5.6
price paid:SGD 100 (used)
positive:Very portable
Excellent colors
Creamy bokeh
Battleship grade construction
negative:MFD (Not a big deal)
Soft at 200mm
comment:Bought it from a Minolta lens collector who decided to change system. I was searching for a replacement to my beercan and Sony SAL75-300 and I came across this lens selling quite cheap. I decided to give the beercan to my daughter as she is crazy about the IQ of her shots everytime she uses my beercan. I decided to buy the Sony 75-300 but after my trip to Italy I decided to sell this lens as I am totally disappointed about the colors of my photos with this lens.

This mini-beercan has lived up to my expectation as a replacement as I was specifically looking for a lens that is portable yet with comparable IQ to my beercan. The beercan, though produces excellent IQ doesn't seem to look good in my Sony Alpha 77 because of the long but slim barrel. It just makes my @77 look ugly! This beercan is almost the same length with my SAL1650F28 and looks cool in my @77!

Compared to the SAL75300, my mini-beercan just stepped on it in every category except of course in the focal range which, I don't really give that much importance. The almost 2 meter MFD actually makes my models feel more comfortable during photoshoots!

Thanks to the engineers of the beercan series lenses and the Sony Alpha 77 as I am able to take photos with a quality of a professional photographer!
reviewer#9775 date: Jan-10-2012
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:Beercan
MinO 135/2.8
price paid:90 USD
positive:-light
-compact
-constant f/4.5
-sharp
negative:-range
-MFD
comment:I got this as a compact alternative to my beercan. I would say performance is really close to the beercan overall, AF seems fast (fast enough for a screw-drive of this generation). My copy does not have a hood, so flare is always a consideration.

The aperture difference with the beercan is negligible, but I rarely shoot my zooms wide-open. The MFD is sometimes restrictive at almost 2 meters. Would really enjoy it more if it was in the 1 meter range, like the Beercan.

A very capable lens for the price.
reviewer#9704 date: Dec-19-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta Beercan
Minolta Baby Beercan
Sigma 70 - 300mm
price paid:$30.00
positive:Cheap!
Small and light weight
Quite sharp!
negative:WHY couldn't it be an F/4 ???
comment:First off... I have two copies of this lens. The first was from Ebay ($30.00). The second, with case & hood incidentally, came in a box of stray lenses encountered at a swap meet ($10.00)!

I shoot Roller Derby. A Beercan is WAY too much lens for an indoor venue. It's too big & heavy, and is too slow to autofocus.

A Baby Beercan is a MUCH better choice for the job... but sometimes you can use just a bit more ability to reach out.

If the light at the arena is good enough, then the 100 - 200 comes into play; as was previously pointed out, the lighting in gyms and arenas isn't always the right playground for this lens. For safety reasons I shoot with existing light ONLY (I don't want to risk distracting hurtling skaters in full combat mode with a flash), and that extra half F stop in the Beercan makes a world of difference.

It "points" a whole lot more easily than the Beercan, and autofocuses a WHOLE lot FASTER.

Even wide open, it's a quite sharp lens, and the color rendition is excellent, even under the usual mercury or sodium vapor arena lights.

My only complaint... WHY couldn't Minolta have engineered this one as an F/4 ??? If they did that, it would be almost the PERFECT lens for me.
reviewer#9616 date: Nov-22-2011
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:70-210 Beercan, 70-210 f3.5 to f4.5
price paid:90 USD used
positive:sharp, light, small
negative:less range, f4.5 is not great for indoor gym level of lighting
comment:I was going to get rid of this lens in favor of the Beercan which I also owned for a period of time. The beercan was slightly sharper and slightly faster with an F4 lens aperture, but I found those differences to be too slight to make up for the weight and size of the bigger lens. This lens also blew away the first copy of the 70-210 f3.5 to 4.5 zoom, so I sold that one as well as the beercan and have just bought another 70-210 f3.5-4.5. We will see if it challenges my 100-200, which so far is the victor in my cheap zoom competition!
reviewer#9593 date: Nov-15-2011
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:MAF 100-300 APO D,
MAF 135/2.8
price paid:130 USD (used, mint)
positive:Compact size and weight,
nice colors,
good bokeh,
cheap

negative:vignette,
f/4.5,
too large MFD
comment:Good travel-zoom lens, small and well build. At f/8 gives results similar to more expensive lenses. Too big focus distance sometimes is annoying.
reviewer#9330 date: Aug-12-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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:Minolta (Beercan) 70-210mm
Sony 18-70 kit lens
price paid:40 USD (Used)
positive:Build quality, as solid as the Beercan
Light even if it's all metal
Sharper then most kit lens
Filter size 49mm
Good sharpness even at f4.5
Excellent value for market price
Good walk around lens
negative:CA in high contrast situation
AF a bit noisy
Soft at 200mm
comment:I bought this lens used at eBay cheap,under $40.00 US in excellent shape, got it mostly to complete my AF Minolta lens, but was very surprised at the built quality, all metal and light. It's a good walk around lens for candid shots in any downtown city, because of it's size nobody will notice you. F-Stop are of the old type from the film days, no thirds. AF is a bit noisy and moderately fast, but again it all depend on were you're using this lens, downtown at 5'oclock nobody will notice. As far as sharpness goes, f8 to f16 are the sweet numbers with a minimum of CA at ISO 200, no worst than a kit lens. All in all, for the price paid, you get a good lens with a metal body, that should last a long time, probably longer then plastic bodies. Good point, filter size 49mm, can be bought cheap everywhere.

As with any Minolta AF film lens, CA will alway be a problem, but nothing that cannot be easily fix in Camera RAW. Bokeh is not it's strong point, but then again, F-Stop start at f4.5, even fully open you get good sharpness but stay away from 200mm, I find that 180mm gives the best result.
reviewer#9321 date: Aug-10-2011
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:Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 (Original)
price paid:45 GBP
positive:Sharp from f5.6
Superb colours
Lovely bokeh
Lightweight
Value for money
negative:Minimum focus distance
Noisy AF
comment:Very sharp from 100-180, At 200 sharpness drops off a touch (but not soft)

Needs hood to combat flare, but so do most of the Minolta lenses of this generation,

Nice lens to carry around when not wanting to carry around Big Beercan and you dont need the extra reach.

Highly recommended in view of the current price level
reviewer#9045 date: May-23-2011
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- beercan 70-210mm
- Tamron 80-210mm
price paid:20 Euro
positive:- compact and light
- nice color
- constant apertue @4.5
- large hood
negative:- Huge MFD !!
- focal Range
- AF speed (specially in low light condition)
comment:- Flare is not so bad but only with the hood!

I've got the lenses in a package.

I used that lense with my SONY Alpha 55
- Do not expect to use it to record video. The AF is too noisy!!
reviewer#8875 date: Apr-5-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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:Pentax 60-250mm
price paid:
missing
positive:- Size
negative:- Focal range
- Contrast
- No modern coatings
- AF speed
comment:I would love nothing more than to love this lens and give it high marks. Because i love the size, i think every mid to long range tele should be no longer than this lens.

Yet the range limited. Wish it starts around 80mm instead, which i feel is a more usable range for indoor portraits. F4.5 is not bad, but not fast. Also not too big of a difference to other zooms that are around f5.6 in their mid-long sections.

The contrast is mediocre, about the same as the 75-300 lenses which does have a larger range. That lens also have better AF speed.

I get to play with a friend's Pentax K-5 with 60-250mm lens. That's a long, heavy, expensive yet modern zoom lens. Clear difference in contrast and sharpness and AF speed. I wish there was a quality zoom like that for Alpha mount.

My whining aside, this is a mediocre lens. Given the chance, i would get something else with better AF speed.
reviewer#8752 date: Mar-6-2011
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:
missing
price paid:80 Euros
positive:Stunningly sharp results for such an old and inexpensive lens
negative:Bokeh is not the prettiest in the world
comment:Already quite sharp at F4.5 with some haze which is gone with F5, nearly flawless from F5.6 on
reviewer#8750 date: Mar-6-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-200mm f4 (beercan)
price paid:$40 USD
positive:fixed f4.5 aperture
small size
image quality
negative:long minimum focus distance
comment:Compared to the beercan, this lens is nearly as good and costs less than half the priced (used). I find myself grabbing it more often than the beercan thanks to its small size and low weight. One downside is that the minimum focus distance is rather long, so it can make shooting awkward in certain situations.
reviewer#8740 date: Mar-5-2011
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:sony 18-70
tokina 19-35 F3.5 4.5
min 50 F1.7
min 28 F2.8
min 35-105N
min100-200 F4.5
min 100 F2.8 macro
+various M42
price paid:£70
positive:sharpness
Size
colour
Build
hardly needs stopping down
bokeh
negative:MFD
limited range
comment:Cracking little lens, especially for the price. Have taken some great shots with it.A good pairing with 35-105old.Never seen any flare/CA.As with all of this generation min. lenses minimum focus distance is pretty terrible, but outside in good light it produces wonderful images
reviewer#8448 date: Dec-25-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 F4
70-210 F3.5-4.5
75-300 F4.5-5.6 "II" & "D"
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp wide open, small and light, good build
negative:MFD
comment:Small and light lens but it is nothing to scoff at. Very sharp wide open, especially at long end. Smaller and lighter than Beercan with comparable image quality and build. MFD is a bit limiting sometimes.
reviewer#8253 date: Nov-13-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Good sharpness and color. lightweight, and inexpensive especially on APS-C, 49mm filter
negative:Limited range on FF, zoom creep
comment:For the price and on APS-C this lens is a keeper.

On FF does not perform as well but still a good lens.
reviewer#8022 date: Sep-25-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100 macro
beercan
big beercan
25-105
price paid:about 100 usd
positive:Very sharp at f8, great color
negative:noticiably soft at 4.5
comment:Warning: This review is not base on extensive testing so I can't comment with any authority on distortion and flare. But I finally took it out comparing it to the macro, the beercan, and the big beercan after buying it because of the generally positive reviews. I took test shots at the closest aperture to f4 and and f8 at 100, 200, and 300mm according to the ability of the lens.

The macro was good across the board, the beercan had good center sharpness and good color while the big beercan was sharper at the edges.

Simply put - this lens rocks. Both the color, the saturation, and the sharpness were noticiably better than the others at f8. I also have the 50 f1.4 and the tamron 17-50. All of these lenses are generally well regarded and I've always had to look closely to find marginal differences.

The picture that I got at f8 was not marginally better. It was a whole lot better in sharpness and particularly in color and contrast. At 4.5, it was noticeably softer. The colors were flatter, but still good,.

I've never used the lens knowing the reputation of the lenses I had. It will start spending a lot of time in my bag.
reviewer#7970 date: Sep-15-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 7-300G
Min 70-210
price paid:usd 61 used
positive:Size
Clarity
Minolta Colors
negative:None at all
comment:This is a wonderfully inexpensive full frame lens. It doesn't have great range -- except that it takes a 1.4x and produces superb quality at an effective 275-300mm. It's not as good as the 70300G but it is a whole lot smaller. It's my idea of a perfect travel lens.

My preference is for primes, and then single aperture zooms. The 4.5 here is not really slow anymore, since one can push the ISO in a way that could not have been done on film, so it becomes in many ways a 2.8 in practice.

It's an old lens, and one can find many small niggles -- but it is always a pleasure to lock it on, and the images it produces are always attractive.

$60 for this lens, and $600 for the 70300G is a very big difference!
reviewer#7873 date: Aug-27-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:70-210f4, 70-210 f3.5-4.5, 70-210 f4.5-5.6, 75-300 f3.5-5.6,
price paid:184 USD
positive:Small and light to carry. Small front takes picktures through fences. Reversible hood, dont need fumblesome rubber hood. No distortion at 100mm.
negative:Could have had some more range to the lower end.
comment:This really shines on my 7D, and makes a very good walk-around lens on my A450. Gives very little distortion and a very good range as aps-c is concerned.

On my A900 it is also good but not super. It is not entirely sharp all over wide open, but as a walkaround telezoom I prefer it due to its lighter weight, as I have to admit the Beercan 70-210 f4 gives a better result on FF.

reviewer#7551 date: Jun-11-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:SAL 1870DT
SAL 75300
Minolta 70-210 f/3.5-4.5
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
price paid:25 USD (used)
positive:- Lightweight
- Sharp Wide Open
- Bokeh
- Has focus range window
negative:- Front rotates on focus
- Build quality is OK, but I don't like the shiny finish
- MFD
comment:**** DISCLAIMER ****
- My copy has a small scratch on the front element's coating (not noticeable in the photos though)
- My copy "grinds" slightly when I turn the zoom barrel

********************

I got this in "bad shape" for a really low price, it is a very nice lightweight lens with decent zoom power. It is sharp when wide open. I'd say i recommend it.

The bokeh from this lens seems rather nice, though the MFD is a bit too long IMO.

I have since sold it due to overlap with my Minolta 70-210/3.5-4.5
reviewer#7496 date: May-27-2010
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:- Maf 75-300
- Canon 70-200 Usm L F2.8
- Nikon 70-200 2.8 N (limited)
- Sigma 70-200 2.8 EX Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:- Very sharp
- Beautiful bokeh
- Excellent build quality
negative:- not a perfect focal range, it's a fact
comment:I tried many lenses at this focal range. Míybe.. my favourite.
T have to say, that this lens can compare to the "legendary" Canon 70-200 F2.8 L, which is about four times more in cash. The Minolta 100-200 is a lightweight, but very "bulky" (tough) built lens.. an "eternal" piece in my collection. For macros it's useless, it's a sad fact. But it's not for macros, it's so simple :) For telephoto.. walk around lens - perfect.
reviewer#7396 date: May-3-2010
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 70-300 apo macro
Sony 18-70
Minolta 28-105/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70/3.5-4.5
Cosina 19-35
price paid:75€(like new)
positive:FAST AF
Sharp(sharper than the beercan)
lightweight
compact
great build
negative:minium focusing distance!!
rotating filter
comment:a GREAT lens,sharp(sharper thant the beercan),lightweight and compact with a fast autofocus and awesome colors!

I compared the sigma 70-300 apo macro with the 100-200 and the 100-200 is a lot more fast and easy to use(light and fits your hand like a glove).

The flare control is perfect and also the colors,the boken is great but with his low max magnification ratio it's not so visible.

It cost also less then the other beercans but it's better in sharpness,CA and it's more lightweight and usable,a great lens!

The only thing negative on this lens is the minium focusing distance but the AF speed and the other great things about this lens make you forgive that,simply keep in mind you can't be too close to your subject.
reviewer#7379 date: Apr-30-2010
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:Beercan
55-200 SAM
price paid:53 GBP
positive:OK Sharp at F8
Lightweight and small compared to beercan
negative:A bit too soft at F4.5
CA
MFD(though an extender takes care of that)
comment:Got this to replace my beercan because of the size and weight and used it more because the greater portability though it isn't nearly as sharp as the beercan. I wouldn't use it below F8. I then lacked something in the range from 50 to 100mm so I got the 55-200 SAM based on the reviews and that made me sell both beercan and 100-200m though they are very beautyfull lenses and i'd love to have them sitting on the shelf :-) The SAM does everything better. Except it's slower but then again I wouldn't really use the old ones under F8 and the SAM is way sharper wide open.
reviewer#7353 date: Apr-26-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:90 USD
positive:Sharp, small, cheap, and well built.
negative:Awful minimum focusing distance.
extremely awkward range. Those combine for limited usefullness.
comment:I wanted a smaller zoom than my 70-300G and it came down to this and a 55-200. I was on an old Minolta lens kick and went this way. My copy is perfect and does whats advertised but I made a mistake and rarely reach for the lens anymore. The greater range and much better MFD of the 55-200 would have made it a much more useful lens. Its a nice little lens that takes nice pictures but it hasn't combined as well as i'd like with my 16-80 in creating a great combo for hiking. I think i'll probably get rid of it and get something with a useful range.

Edit: I switched to the 55-200 and am very happy that I did. It has much better range, isn't that different in size, and has surprisingly good IQ. I find that while the 100-200 almost always stayed home the 55-200 comes out with me a lot. I'd recommend that one to people who are shopping both.
reviewer#7263 date: Apr-8-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
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:Beercan
price paid:USD55
positive:Nice Bokeh
Very small and light
Minolta colours
negative:MFD
@200mm not very sharp even at F8
comment:I bought this lens to see how similar is it to the beercan. It is very sharp even Wide open and very similar IQ and sharpness to the beercan. BUT aproaching 200mm beercan is way better.
reviewer#7237 date: Apr-2-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 f/4 "Beercan"
price paid:85 USD Used/EBay
positive:Compact, light, well built, sharp
negative:odd zoom range
comment:Maybe not quite as sharp as beercan if you put both on a tripod and use a cable release and the 2-sec delay, or if you can shoot at 1/500th or faster; for normal handheld use, even with antishake, there's not much to choose between them. Pairs nicely with the 35-105 old-style zoom to give normal-to-fairly-long range. Doesn't have a lot of personality, but get its job done.
reviewer#7173 date: Mar-28-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210mm F4 (Beercan)
price paid:200 USD
positive:+ Sharp
+ Great bokeh
+ Light
+ Classic Minolta built
+ Metal + Glas
+ Cheap
negative:- MFD
comment:I got this for a very nice price in original case in Mint condition from a swedish fellow. I have compared this with Beercan, since they are more and less in the same class and generation.
I have had 2 Beercans and both had issus with CA. This I haven't seen a bit with this lens. Beercan is way overrated. This lens is as mentioned sharp and produce great colors. Not heavy like Beercan, wich is quite nice, when you walk around for a day with your camera.
If you can live with the 1.9m minimum focus distance, then buy it. You will love it.
reviewer#7154 date: Mar-25-2010
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:Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
Minolta 75-300
price paid:Ł150 GBP (used)
positive:Sharp
Compact and light - fits in a small bag
negative:It's not a macro
comment:This is the one lens that goes everywhere my camera goes. It is so small and light that it fits easily in a small camera bag. This means I always have a good telephoto lens should I need it. Performs similarly to the Beercan but is so much more portable. I also have a Beercan but this hardly gets used as it just isn't as portable. It's even a full frame lens so I won't have to part with it when I eventually upgrade. I have taken some f my best pictures with this lens.
reviewer#7075 date: Mar-13-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
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:Minolta 80-200/2.8 HS APO G
price paid:60 EUR (used)
positive:Small, lightweight, optically good (especially for APS-C)
negative:Close focusing distance
comment:A very good tele zoom for APS-C, bokeh a bit busy. Works also for FF if you need a lightweight option. A bargain.
reviewer#7025 date: Mar-7-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 100-300
Min 70-210/4.5-5.6
Sig 75-300 APO (older version)
Sig 70-300 APO (newer version)

price paid:75 CDN (used)
positive:Solid build
Very sharp
CA is good to very good
Small size
negative:Long mfd
Limited zoom range
comment:This is an extremely sharp lens! Slightly better than my Sigma 70-300 zooms at equivalent apertures. Miles ahead of the Minolta 100-300. Unfortunately, I don't yet have a 70-210 beercan to compare with though.

CA is minimal except for one test shot I took at 200 mm f4.5, which showed GREEN CA.

Disadvantages are as stated in other reviews - the MFD can be awkward and the zoom range is limited compared to bigger lenses.

This lens is vastly underrated! Price is still reasonable on used market.
reviewer#7009 date: Mar-6-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300
Minolta 35-105
Minolta 28-85
price paid:bought new
positive:Colors, 200mm is big on A 700 sensor.
Small size, tank like build.
negative:Minimum focus distance.
Limited focal length, but doesn't bother me, it is what it is, super quality glass with long reach in a compact size.
comment:I am the original owner, bought this with a Maxxum 9000 kit of 2 cameras and motor drive.
Some of my best photos ever where taken with this lens, fabulous Minolta colors. It performs equally nicely on my A 700....small in size but big in quality. The best bargain zoom for alpha you can find IMHO often avail in great condition for under $100
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Get one!
reviewer#6839 date: Jan-28-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 Macro, 70-210 f/3.5-4.5; Tamron LD 70-300; Sigma 18-200
price paid:$40 USD (used hard)
positive:Sharp, light & compact, f/4.5 fixed
negative:min. focus distance; flare is very destructive
comment:Considering the condition it came in, this lens is amazing. Tests showed it to be as good as the 70-210, but beat it handily shooting wide open. It also outperformed the Tamron both with and w/o a generic teleconverter attached to it. Color, bokeh, sharpness: this lens does what I want very well! The Beercan is too large and heavy to justify, but this is ideal and is worth carrying along.

Like all early Minoltas I have seen, shooting into the sun demands protection from flare. I also find myself getting too close to my subject & being inside the MFD; one step backward and I'm fine. Two problems, both with easy solutions: it's a great lens, I will own one as long as I shoot Alpha.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 129
  • sharpness: 4.37
  • color: 4.71
  • build: 4.57
  • distortion: 4.44
  • flare control: 4.04
  • overall: 4.43

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