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Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4 : Specifications and Opinions


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The Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4 is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1985 (discontinued). The focus is done by In-camera AF motor, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 60 €;
13 users have given it an average vote of 8.9 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   70-200 mm
 Angle of view   34.4 - 12.4°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   7
 Lenses/Groups   12 elements in 9 groups
 Min. focus distance   1.10 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.25x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   In-camera AF motor
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   No

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   55 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   695 g
 Dimensions   72 x 152 mm
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avatarsenior
sent on September 26, 2018

Pros: Physically and aesthetically beautiful, to see and to use. Good performance, suitably robust, relatively light and compact, F 4.0 constant (therefore also at maximum focal point, unlike other kit optics), good overall optical rendering. The best value in absolute I think is that of the rendition of colors, always warm, pictorial, well saturated and contraated. Compatible Sony Alpha (A-mount) connection.

Cons: Sharpness a little latent, especially at full aperture. I agree with what I wrote before me: It is noticeable, at the level of resolution and sharpness, that it is not a very latest generation optics. My Nikkor AF-S 55 200 on Nikon APS C definitely does better (under this profile).

Opinion: First of all it is a nice goal, to keep in hand, to carry around, to use on the reflex.... Small and relatively compact and lightweight (not very light, OK, but not so heavy to "be heard" when you keep it mounted on the machine) gives a constant brightness of interest (especially at the focal lengths, where the zoom lenses of kit start to Become dark). Its greatest value is the rendition of Colour: Beautiful access, contrasting, pictorial. Good bokeh (although on APS C fatigue however to "detach" so decided the background from the closeups), autofocus fast (especially considering it is an outdated optics) and precise. It mounts 55mm filters, therefore very widespread and economically affordable. where "trudge" a little is on the side of the sharpness: not that it is soft in absolute sense, for goodness sake, but compared to newer design optics, or to fixed competitors always of the same era and Minolta house (on all I think of the 135 2.8, which is very , but much sharper), does not shine particularly. Definitely better closed at f 5.6. Overall it is certainly worth buying for those 80-90-100 euros that are required on average. However in excellent condition, I would not spend beyond these sums, looking, in the case, elsewhere.

avatarsenior
sent on August 22, 2018

Pros: General quality, colors, blurred, AF quite reactive, rather light, construction in good quality plastics

Cons: Footprint, sharpness not at the level of current standards, especially TA. Visible chromatic aberration. Backlighting to avoid.

Opinion: I bought the Bercaan really for nonsense and I used it, with the adaptor la-EA4, on the Sony A7. It has a very pleasant rendering of tones and colors that, contrary to any other zoom of equal excursion possessed, remains constant up to the edges, without phenomena of lowering of the macrocontrast and of chromatic desaturation. The cons is that the sharpness is good, but there is no microcontrast of the modern lenses. It goes very well then for a certain type of portrait photos and landscape that require more than the definition of the pore of the skin or the cracks in the wall far away maintaining a certain chromatic liveliness all over the frame. It still has some typical defects of the lenses of its era, like a certain amount of chromatic aberration and the lowering of the contrast in the backlight, the need to diaphragm a bit.

avatarjunior
sent on October 05, 2017

Pros: Strong metal construction, great plastic zoom lenses, made in Japan, makes you feel the depth and the three-dimensional, beautiful blur (bokeh), fast AF

Cons: Weight, footprint, reflex imbalance, 80's color film-making, requires light

Opinion: I have the "beercan" since 1986, used uninterruptedly on Minolta 7000 now on the Sony A350. It is a real bean, very heavy, built today with criteria that are not reproducible on consumer products: made in Japan, all metal, bayonet mount in metal, with hood, soft spiral ring ring for zoom, distance and focus diagram and depth of field (as it was used at the time) .nnIntendiamoci, transmits a feeling of excellent bill but on the reflex is very heavy and can unbalanced the capture and shuttering. On film machines it is a great canvas, from 70 to 210, and at the maximum of the focal plane becomes a macro and allows focusing very close. rn Reflex APSC becomes problematic the management of the maximum expected focal that looks like a 300 mm and would be a stabilized body. The yield is 30 years ago, the colors look like a film, as if there was a filter, but overall it's all fair hinted and defined.rnThe center of the lens whichIt is good at all apertures at 70 mm, the blur of the blur (the bokeh of today's youths) is excellent af / 9 (even 210mm !!!), where the single lights take on a round shape with seven sides ( such as diaphragm blades) can be distinguished. Always at 70mm the photo has a beautiful depth, it makes very good the distance between the subject in the foreground and the background. Ideal for portraits because it is very sharp.rnA 210mm only sports photos, with all the difficulties arising from the weight.rnBlue brightness since it is f / 4 fixed but then, in concrete, light is never enough, especially in motion.rnAF discrete and accurate if it is considered that more than thirty years have passed.rnA definitely vintage lens in yield and construction, it is difficult to carry, but still pleasing, sharp, fast and qualitatively superior to many current optics.rnThis price could be a valid purchase.

avatarjunior
sent on June 17, 2016

Pros: Construction, minolta classic colors, good sharpness if closed a bit, bright, great bokeh, unbeatable, value unimaginable price.

Cons: Weight, flare, chromatic aberration even at f8 if used without a hood; slow and uncertain in difficult conditions AF, AF slow from 150mm up.

Opinion: I took my "beercan" 50 euro in perfect condition when you take it in your hand you realize you have a tank, heavy, solid, metal; "Built like a tank" is the most common phrase when he parla.rnA optical layer, if you close one eye on AC correctable in PP becomes very clear already at f5.6 but in my opinion the best sharpness are in the f7,1 ; I use it for portraits and produces a creamy bokeh manner indistinguishable, it depends greatly on the distance between you and the subject and the subject and background. Typical faithful color rendition of the best lenses minolta classic.rn certainly unfit to sports and photos where you need a quick AF tracking because very slow especially in low light and at longer focal lengths. What about for me to buy and try as with hand even the nominal price at which you can find, the same focal length / aperture canikon but also sony are at very different prices.

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