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

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reviewer#6793 date: Jan-22-2010
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 100-300
price paid:
missing
positive:Nice colours and contrasts
Decent sharpness
Well controlled CA
Beautiful lens
negative:
missing
comment:Nice colours and contrasts, no corner softness whatsoever, and decent sharpness even wide open. Almost no CA. I got a like new condition of this lens and I love the metal beercan build, and the fact that it's still relatively small and light - wouldn't trade it for the beercan.
reviewer#6723 date: Jan-10-2010
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:
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price paid:$40
positive:Excellent color
negative:range
comment:lente ótima ,pena que o range muito curto 100-200 ,mas pelo preço que paguei ,foi uma excelente compra.
reviewer#6688 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
Minolta 70-210mm f/4
price paid:40 USD (used)
positive:49mm filter size fits through chain link fences. Dirt cheap. Constant aperture. Solid build. Much smaller than the Beercan.
negative:Slow focus. Not particularly sharp wide open.
comment:This is a peculiar little zoom lens. In terms of its practical performance, it is comparable to Sony's 55-200mm f/4-5.6 - good, but not great. The build quality is fantastic, a simple all-metal design that looks and feels like it could survive a nuclear blast. Despite the sturdy build, the lens is small and reasonably lightweight.

The only reason I have this lens is because the 49mm lens diameter is just small enough to fit through a chain link fence, which is nice for a few shots at the zoo. Outside of that, I never use this lens.
reviewer#6595 date: Dec-17-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
Beercan
Minolta 100-300 APO
price paid:L59 mint
positive:Sharp when stoped down
Beautiful colours
Build... is it metal???
negative:Minimum focussing distance makes it an outdoor lens
comment:My third attempt to get a good copy of this lens, due to numerous excellent reviews. First two copies were ok, this is better but if price is a consideration I would go for the 70-210 f3.5-4.5 everytime.

In truth though you have to nit pick to rate these lenses against one another. All excellent. Love Minolta glass.

EDIT - if you purchase this lens, make sure you get a hood for it
reviewer#6497 date: Dec-1-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony - AF DT 55-200 F4-5.6 SAM
Sony - AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6
Tamron - SP AF 24-135 F3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF Macro
Tamron - SP AF 70-200 F2.8 Di LD IF MACRO
price paid:USD 90 ( Used )
positive:Build is soild all metal contruction. Constant apeture is a plus.

Sharp at it's widest. At maximum reach of 200mm have to step down abit to get better results.

On a full frame this little fellow shines.

Light weight and very portable.

At 100mm f4.5 sharpness as good as the tammy 70-200 but cost only a fraction of the tammy.

Forcusing definately not as fast as those ssm lenses but good enough.

Produces nice colors.
negative:slight flare issure, but none to worry about.

100mm on a crop sensor is way to long and the minimum forcus is too long.

If you can live with both than this is a nice sharp lens to have it's current 2nd hand pricing make it more attractive.
comment:Great lens overall. A real bargain lens.
reviewer#6314 date: Nov-2-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 APO D f/4.5
price paid:
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positive:very sharp, small size, light weight
negative:CA control is only fair
comment:This has been my main telephoto for over 20 years and, even today, it nicely complements Sony's 16-105mm in my kit. With image stabilization, no problem shooting hand-held at 200mm. In my view, this is a better lens than Minolta's 100-300 APO D zoom. It's sharper up to f/11 and you can get f/4.5 over a longer zoom range. Chromatic aberrations are worse but certainly manageable under real-life conditions.
reviewer#6178 date: Oct-4-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 70-210 F4
price paid:$85 (used)
positive:Very worth for money.
Perfect portrait lens on film camera.
Excellent skin-color output.
Light but solid build with metal.
negative:A little too long focal length on APS-C camera.
comment:
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reviewer#6168 date: Oct-3-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210mm/4 (Beercan)
Minolta 75-300mm/4,5-5,6 (Big Beercan)
Sony DT 75-300 (Kit Lens)
price paid:3990 CZK - like new
positive:+lovely old minolta colors
+good contrast and sharpness
+low weight
+compact size
+solid build
+49mm filters
+relatively fast AF on A700 (hey,it´s the lens from 80s, 20yrs.old)
+perfectly works on my Dynax 500si and A700(v4 firmware)
+remains me a nostalgia of Minolta Beercan times
negative:-MFD - 1,9m (not very suitable for portrait)
-a little bit noisy AF on A700 (much noisier on A200, much less on Dynax 500si)
-AF hunts on A200 (see my comments below)
-ok, low zoom range for nowadays
-mediocre flare control
-some CA at 200mm
comment:Very solid lens, in case of using it on A200 I was completelly disappointed with (but as I see it could be a problem of my concrete sample of A200, I´m really glad taht I replaced it A700). I have never had any problems using it on my old Dynax. That´s the most suitable place for that lens and the place it was originally made for - 35mm SLR. If I compare it to both Beercans, it looses one point for sharpness. But it produces much much much better performance in all aspect than Sony DT Telephoto Kit Lens. I highly recommend this 100-200 to everyone who is looking for excellent optical quality in that compact size.
reviewer#5748 date: Jul-23-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:16/105 - 50 - Beercan - 75/300New
price paid:
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positive:Colore - Contrasto - Costruzione - Nitidezza - Peso piuma - Poco ingombrante.
negative:Mette a fuoco da 3 metri - Problemi di riflessi se puntato contro fonti luminose - Se usato con APS-C i suoi 100mm di partenza sono un pň limitanti, appunto perchč se paragonato ad un 35mm equivalerebbe ad un 155.
comment:Un'ottima lente, con una costruzione realmente ragguardevole. A differenza del fratello maggiore (Beercan) regge molto meglio l'Aberrazione Cromatica perň soffre di Flare. Rende bene anche alla massima apertura (positivo). I lati negativi sono elencati nell'apposito spazio sopra.
reviewer#5677 date: Jul-9-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Bearcan
100-300 APO D
80-200/2.8 Maxxum APO
price paid:$90 USD Minty
positive:Compact
Very Good Optics
Build quality
Inexpensive
negative:Minimum Focus too long
comment:This lens produces fine images while still being compact and lightweight. I love the build quality. A perfect small telephoto zoom for backpacking, biking or anything. Just as impressive as the Beercan in a much more compact size. I actually sold my Maxxum 100-300 APO D because this lens is excellent!
reviewer#5645 date: Jul-5-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
- Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6 APO
- Minolta 135 f2.8

price paid:50 USD (used)
positive:- compact and relatively light
- sharp up to 160mm f5.6+
- uses 49mm filters
- solid build quality
- constant aperture
negative:- CA very pronounced above 150mm
- minimum focus distance 1900mm
- limited zoom range
- sharpness wo weak
comment:Decent lens with bullet proof build quality. Zoom range not very practical, CA bad at 160-200 mm even at f8. In my comparison worse than 70-210 f3.5-4.5 across the range. There are better options available.
reviewer#5637 date: Jul-3-2009
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:Beercan 70-210 F4
Big beercan 75-300 F4.5-5.6
Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5
price paid:150SGD(used mint)
positive:light weight, compact tele, classic Minolta color,good for portrait. good IQ, color is warmer than other Minolta lenses I have
negative:hood not very convenient. not as sharp as beercan and big beercan
comment:I bought this lens as an alternative of bbc, as it's only less than half of the weight of bbc, it's quite convenient to carry it around.

The color is a bit warmer and I think it's good for portrait, more over, it's cheaper than the beercan.

reviewer#5581 date: Jun-22-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:beercan
Sigma 70-300 APO
price paid:$40 USD
positive:Small, lightweight, reasonably sharp when stopped down.

Quick focusing.
negative:MFD
comment:This is my second copy of this lens, the first was soft but based on other reviews here and a $40 price tag I decided to give it another try.

This copy is still a little soft wide open, but stopped down it sharpens up quite a bit. The beercan is still sharper but this lens is sharper than the Sigma across the entire range. Colors are typical vintage Minolta. I have not yet seen any noticable CA with this lens which is more than I can say about the Beercan. This lens also focuses faster than the Beercan and the Sigma.

All in all it's a nice lens, when paired with my 35-70 Minolta it makes for a nice light weight kit.
reviewer#5491 date: Jun-2-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 APO
Minolta 70-210 F4
price paid:60 GBP
positive:Light/Portable
Good rich saturated colour
More than adequately sharp

negative:Long min focussing distance
comment:This lens got more use than the 70-210 f4 simply due to it's smaller size and the fact that not much was being sacrificed in terms of picture quality. It's a very good solution to getting to 200mm without being weighed down and encumbered. Great value.
reviewer#5478 date: May-31-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
price paid:80USD
positive:low cost
Sharp
Excellent colors
light
negative:would like more range
comment:Both the 100-200mm and the beercan are great lens, I would recommend both to anyone. I love both lens and got them for a good deal and you can too if you look hard enough.

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

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

Don't let the price fool you, this is a really excellent lens.

reviewer#5473 date: May-31-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 70-210
Little Beercan 100-200
Big Beercan 75-300
75-300 “New”
Sony 55-200
price paid:$85
positive:Size (if you care)
negative:Soft wide open compared to the others in the beercan family.
comment:I did a somewhat formal shootout of these 5 lenses; prices are with shipping/tax/all costs included:

Beercan 70-210 paid $140
Little Beercan 100-200 paid $85
Big Beercan 75-300 Paid $180
75-300 “New” Paid $120
Sony 55-200 DT Bundle lens (The Tamron re-labeled) included with my A350

I went through a bit of trouble in doing this but am not sure there is really enough differences to report or if those differences are just due to my copies. That said, here are my results shooting on a tripod at f5.6 and 250 shutter on a new Alpha 350:

1. Big Beercan won for Bokeh and took 2nd place in sharpness
2. The “New” 75-300” surprised as noted around here a few times…1st in sharpness and 2nd in Bokeh. Nice and light, the sensible choice but…you got to admit the beercans have that beercan “thing” about them…Also – I paid $120 for this lens so…they’re not the big bargain they once were.
3. The Beercan came in 3rd in sharpness, but it must be said that the top 3 lenses were nearly identical in sharpness. This lens took best photo “feel” and color though – and strangely – it may be the one I keep, go figure. I know, not very scientific : ( This lens really does live up to its hype. Mine is all beat up and looks like hell but WOW – those dings did NOT touch the IQ!
4. Little Beer Can…after reading here I guess this lens is soft at f5.6 so….take what you want from this. Still, I did plenty of shooting and this lens marked the only consistent and true drop off from the pack. You could almost take your pick of the top 3 and maybe never know the difference. This is the only one I’m sure to sell. It’s small size doesn’t do me much good – if I’ve busted out the camera bag and the a350 then I’m committed to being encumbered – and I certainly, certainly wouldn’t pick THIS lens as my walk-around shooter…hah.
5. Well, the SONY DT is obviously outmatched here but…it’s sharp really. My main issue with this lens is how cold it’s photos are. Yeah modern lenses kill flare and fringe and tweak the light around but…unless you’re a soccer Mom (I’m a classically trained armature photographer) the best results from this lens are just ho-hum. That’s tantamount to preaching to the choir on a site like this, I know ; )

That’s it….take what you want from this and feel free to contact me. I’m selling off a few of these because it’s kind of expensive owning them all (and a bit greedy since they overlap) so I won’t be able to do this again probably.

1/12/2010 - UPDATE - I don’t want to take back my review but; I did get a new copy and liked some of the results. Also, this lens is convenient and very light so; it’s not as bad as I thought, in retrospect. I’m keeping this one – since they’re so cheap I’m sure I’ll find an application though I honestly do NOT keep it in my bag to this day….

-Shootist
reviewer#5472 date: May-30-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Mi APO 100-300
Mi 135/2.8
price paid:80 euro (used)
positive:sharpness, weight, size cheap secondhand
negative:minimum focus distance
comment:Not much to say. Cheap secondhand.
With 2 mtr minimum foscussing distance this definitely is a telelens in all aspects. ;-)
I think the sharpness of my copy is as good as my APO, and comes close to the 135/2.8.
For the rest: it's an old days Minolta and performs as such.

It's a keeper.
reviewer#5440 date: May-23-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
Minolta 24-105mm
price paid:60 Euro (used)
positive:Light,very nice colors
negative:MFD
comment:I sold my Beercan because I found that one a bit on the heavy side plus its contruction although well built is also longer that it does not fit my bag. I was looking for an alternative solution and came across this lens. Got it for 60 euro, a steal for what you get back.
My first impression, very nice color indeed. I did not notice any difference from the shot that i made with the beercan and with this one. Stopped down till F8, it did not disappoint me. It is also wel built though not so heavy as the Beercan.I'm gonna keep this because it's light enough to carry around and it does compliment my other lens, de Minolta 24-105mm.
reviewer#5424 date: May-21-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm Macro F2.8
Minolta 28-135mm F4.0-4.5 XX's Crossed
Minolta 135mm F2.8
Minolta 70-210mm F4.0
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta 100-200mm F4.5
Minolta 35-105mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-85mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm F4.0
Sigma 35-135mm 3.5-4.5
Minolta 100-300mm APO F4.5-5.6
Sony 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
price paid:110 USD (used)
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#5342 date: May-4-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan 70-210
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:Beercan build
Constant F4.5
Cheap
negative:Minimum focus distance
focal range
comment:Alternative to beercan 70-210mm. Lighter and cheaper yet can produce almost the same pic quality as beercan.
reviewer#5309 date: Apr-29-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:Min 35-70/4
Min 70-210/4
Min 35-105
Min 50/1.7
Min 24/208
price paid:45 CAD
positive:Light
Compact
Sharp and fast focus
IQ is really on par with beercan but much cheaper
negative:Like others say...minimum focusing distance will drive you crazy
comment:If you cant find a bargain beercan. Get this. Truly underrated lens. Too bad mine isnt very clean copy. But it still give very very nice pictures. Try it. You will like it.
reviewer#5296 date: Apr-26-2009
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:Minolta 28-135
Minolta 50 f3.5
price paid:76 USD
positive:Sharp
Compact size
Light weight
Strong build
Excellent color
negative:Needs good light
Not as useful for action
Not a close focus option
comment:When the light is good, this lens is outstanding. In my tests, f8 is the sweet spot with excellent sharpness corner to corner. Even the contrast is very close to the 50mm f3.5. The best thing about this lens is its compact size. It equals its sister, the 70-210 Beercan, in IQ and is smaller and lighter. I tend to like the 28-135 for its range, but the IQ is similar. The only weakness in the 100-200 is its slow speed and lack of close focusing capability. I have tried to use this lens for action shots at sporting events but have had little success (probably due to my lack skill in this area). Overall an exceptionally good value.
reviewer#5294 date: Apr-26-2009
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:Beercan
Min80-200HSG
price paid:60USD (used)
positive:Light
Sharp
Small
Cheap
negative:Bit slow
Some CA and flare
comment:Not as sharp as the lenses compared to, well not wide open, and has some CA and flare. But after f5.6 it gets real sharp, comparable to beercan, and CA also reduces.

But I bought this for its compactness. On days with good light, this is an awesome lens for street photography, so discrete and unobtrusive. Also great for traveling light when used with a 35-105/3.5-4.5 and a100.

Would give sharpness between 4-4.5.

reviewer#5156 date: Apr-3-2009
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:Sony 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 28-80 xi F4-5.6
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 50 f1.7
Minolta 28 f2.8
Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
price paid:100 GBP(mint/new)
positive:-Sharpness and color on par with Beercan
- Light
- exceptional when used for nature shots and outside portraits
negative:Price is going up
Range a bit limited
comment:If you think the Beercan is overpriced(I do) then get this one...it's the next best thing.Lighter,as sharp as the legend, only 1/3 of the stop aperture difference, same superb Minolta colors.

The only thing the Beercan has on this one is the bokeh on the tele side which a bit under the Beercan but not by much and only addicted pixel peepers will notice the difference. Stoop it down to 5.6 and you have the Beercan.

reviewer#5151 date: Apr-3-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm 1.7
28mm 2.8
Tamron 35-135 f3.5-4.5
SAL1780
price paid:cheap
positive:Nice color
Sharp
Good Bokeh
Well made
negative:150-300 mm effective focal length with crop factor
comment:Took 300 shots today - love this lens
reviewer#4801 date: Feb-4-2009
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:Sony 18-70 f/3.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210mm f/4
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Good color
Light
Small
Fast focusing
negative:Minimum focusing distance
100-200mm range not as useful as 70-210mm
comment:A great lens. It was a nice lens to take with me when I did't want to take the big heavy beercan with me. I found the minimum focusing distance drove me crazy but it also made a faster focusing lens over the beercan. The sharpness seemed on par with my beercan. I sold this lens to help fund my Sigma 10-20mm and found I used my beercan more.
reviewer#4611 date: Jan-2-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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:Minolta 28-135
Beercan
price paid:$60
positive:Very compact
Constant f4.5
Solid build
Has a hood
Decent bokeh
Dirt cheap
negative:My copy is a bit soft till f8
CA typical of old film lenses
Long min. focus distance
comment:This is a great little lens and for the price is a no brainer. I often take it when I don't feel like lugging the beercan and the light is good. My copy is a little soft until f8 and then it's very sharp even on a 10mp sensor. By soft I don't mean 'unusable' but pixel peepers will be disappointed. It's well suited for portrait work as it makes flattering images at wide apertures.

If top IQ on a budget is what you're looking for the beercan is a better lens but is double the price and much bigger and heavier. For a good, dirt cheap combo pair this lens with the Minolta 28-85mm.
reviewer#4610 date: Jan-2-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan, Big Beercan, Sony 70-300, Sigma 70-210/3.5-4.5, Sigma 70-300/4-5.6, Tamron 70-210/3.5-4.5, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6.
price paid:
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positive:Sharp, constant 4.5, great colour, good build quality, small size.
negative:None that are valid when comparing apples with apples.
comment:This lens was not designed or intended to be an all purpose zoom. It was, as Minolta stated at its release, a lens specifically for photographers who often had need to work in the 100-200 range - a smaller, lighter, purpose designed fixed aperture lens. As such it performs brilliantly with an IQ that matches or surpasses the Beercan at all comparative focal lengths. It can still be purchased at a price way below its potential, although recently those prices have, like other high IQ Minolta lenses, been rather rapidly climbing. One of the few bargains left among the quality early Minolta lenses. It complements the Minolta 17-35 F2.8-4 and the Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5 beautifully, giving the photographer three relatively low cost, original Minolta AF lenses that will produce brilliant, high quality images at any common focal length.
reviewer#4474 date: Dec-5-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF100-400APO
Minolta AF100-300
Sigma AF70-300
Sigma AF70-300APO Macro
Cosina AF100-400
Sigma AF18-200
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Fast autofocus
Light
negative:Long minimum focus distance
comment:As already said - an underrated lens. This lens is easy to carry (light weight), much faster than all (the othervise good) Sigma AF70-300's that I have owned and produces images that have a sharp "feeling" with nice color, nice bokeh and good contrast.

Only disadvantage is the long minimum focus distance.
reviewer#4389 date: Nov-15-2008
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:Minolta 18-70 "kit lens"
Minolta 35-70 f4
Tokina 19-35 F3.5-4.5
price paid:$75 used
positive:Small and light for the reach
sharp
great color
nice boke
negative:slightly gray cast to colors
occasional zoom creep
long minimum focus distance
edges and corners soft on FF
comment:I may not use this lens as much as my shorter lenses, but when I want true telephoto perspective it obliges with quiet competence. Though lacking macro capability it is *much* smaller and lighter than the vaunted "beercan" and delivers great images. Minimal but detectable distortion throughout the range and slightly softer at the long end.

**extended use notes**

Having taken a few shots with my brother's beercan, I think that the 100-200 (at least mine) is sharper at 200mm...it isn't as legendary, as fast, or as cool, nor does it cover as much range or have a macro feature, but in terms of sharpness and handling it wins out over its big brother in my book.

I think some of the perceived softness in images from this lens may be due to slightly lower contrast than the other lenses in my kit. Also, my 100-200 4.5 has proven to be a CA free lens, even out of focus backlit tree limbs show only the slightest trace of color fringing.

This lens feels "quick" for a telephoto, due to both size and rapid precise autofocus.

**FF update; I would say that this is still a great lens for travelling light, but the soft edges and corners on full-frame digital make it less attractive than it is on APS-C or film bodies. My new go-to for this range is the 135mm f2.8, which can often cover the same range if you're willing to do some leg work.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 128
  • sharpness: 4.37
  • color: 4.70
  • build: 4.58
  • distortion: 4.44
  • flare control: 4.04
  • overall: 4.43

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