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Konica Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4 35mm Zoom

4.83 star rating
                      4.83 / 5 (23 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

Product Description

- 12 Degree angle of view.
- 13 Lens elements, 8 groups.
- Maximum magnification of 1/1.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TC a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2007

Strengths:    Sharp wide open, and extremely sharp a little closed. It's built for fifty years of use

Weaknesses:    Weight, length

Bottom Line:   
Sharpness, that's the beercan. I compare it to the sigma 70 300 APO DG. The sigma colors are more heat but sharpness is not the same. It's big, heavy in your bag, but that's for a beautiful picture quality

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   barter shop

Similar Products Used:   sigma 70 300 4-5,6 APO DG

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SCOOTERINSLC a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2007

Strengths:    Sharp
Metal body
Tanklike construction
Beefy zoom ring
Very little problem handling flare
f4 throughout zoom range

Weaknesses:    rotating from element
noisy AF

Bottom Line:   
What can be said that hasn't been said already? I've had my Beercan since I began shooting film with a Minolta 7000 back in '91. It still is a fine lens. Works great on my 7D and Sony Alpha. (I don't use it any more because I picked up a Minolta 80-200 f2.8 APO/G and it's kind of apples and oranges there.) What amazes me as I read through the reviews here and I look on e-bay is how much the prices have gone up on these! Zoinks! Mine is going on E-bay for at least $200.00 and it looks like I'll get it. Beautiful, well made, sharp lens. On and often above par with what is being produced today.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $79.00

Similar Products Used:   Minolta 80-200 f2.8 APO/G
Sigma 70-200 f2.8 APO

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Canuck935 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2006

Strengths:    Bokeh.
Constant aperature.

Weaknesses:    Big.
CA wide open.

Bottom Line:   
This is one of those cult classics. It is affectionately known as the 'beercan' to the members of the cult. It is known as the beercan because of it's the same size as a tall beercan. In fact some people have carved up real bearcans to make sleeve's for the lens.

I found mine on ebay for $200, which is on the high end of the price range for this lens, but it was in near mint condition. Origional caps, hood, and heck it even came in the origional packaging in the origional box with origional paperwork.

This lens produces absolutely wonderful images. Color and sharpness are excellent. However, what gave this lens its cult following is its bokeh. The bokeh with this lens is absolutely gorgeous. Smoother than silk.

These lenses are over 20 years old, so they're only available on the used market. However, it will work with any A-mount incarnation out there, from the early Maxxum's to the Sony Alpha. Because these were made before the age of AD glass there can be issues with CA when shot wide open. I have not had any such problems myself as I tend to avoid any situations that may cause it.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Minolta 75-300 f/4-5.6
Minolta 28-75 f/2.8
Tamron 24-135 f/3.5-5.6
Sony 18-70 f/3.5-5.6
Canon 24-105 f/4 IS
Canon 70-200 f/2.8
Canon 20-200 f/2.8 IS
Canon 300 f/2.8

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cr_mmurillo a Beginner

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2006

Strengths:    Great Optics
Fast Focus
Fixed Aperture
Metal Body (well built)
Macro Features
55mm filter size which is also cheaper than usual.
Hood is included.

Weaknesses:    Discontinued!

Bottom Line:   
For the price, It's a great lens to have. This is my first fix Aperture lens. It's a must have lens. Zoom is fast - good for sports or outdoor shooting. Metal body and well built. It's on my camera most of the time. Too bad Minolta discontinued.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $167.00

Purchased At:   www.ebay.com

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Harris a Casual

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2006

Strengths:    -Sharp!
-Great bokeh!
-Sturdy, metal build
-You can say that you have a lens that was atleast designed by leica [if you dont have an expensive leica collection tha is - dont we all? :-$ ]
-Great focal lens range:
--idea for portraits
--useful for isolating landscape detail
-1:4 macro repoduction can be useful

Weaknesses:    Isnt as heavy as people make is out to be... you really shouldnt be put off by this 'feature'.

Bottom Line:   
After all that i read about this lens i couldn't hold myself back when i found one for the small price of £60 [english pounds].

At the time of purchase i was doing a lot of b&w with HP5+ [developing and printing myself]. When i came to make the prints [10" x 8"] i was dissapointed really, with the quality. I then purchased an el-nikkor 2.8 enlarger lens and things did improve, but i couldnt understand the hyp from other users. I assumed there was something i was still doing wrong so i put in a roll of fuji reala, did some portraits and sunsets and had it printed at 8" x "6. WOW! This is what i was looking for... and a little more. Great sharpness, colour, bokeh, contrast - nothing optically you can fault. I now obviously use finer grained b&w film when i want sharper results [at the moment HP4 and Pan50].

I havent tried it yet personally [havent had a photo worthy of it] but i hear you can get prints up to 16" x 12" with absolute clarity.

This lens is great! Not one to be missed! If you have the money to spend [60 quid?!] and you are a minolta user you should be really questioning why you dont have the lens! [that is unless you have the 80-200 2.8]

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   jacobs [english mone

Similar Products Used:   50mm f/1.7 rokkor
100mm f.4 macro rokkor

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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