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Konica Minolta AF 80-200mm f/2.8 APO G Maxxum 35mm Zoom

4.86 star rating
                      4.86 / 5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $1200.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length80mm - 200mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance70.8 in
    Picture Angle12 - 30 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size72 mm
    Groups / Elements16 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diameter3.5 in
    Length6.5 in
    Weight45.13 oz
    Product ID20724716

Product Description

  • 30-12 Degree angle of view
  • 16 Lens elements, 13 groups
  • Minimum focus distance of 5.9 feet

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    User Reviews

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

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2006

    Strengths:    Image quality -Sharpness, contrast, accurate colour rendition, defocussing quality, unnoticeable distortions, positive AF, beautiful handling, exceptional build quality.

    Weaknesses:    No for me

    Bottom Line:   
    Exellent lens. Very sharp, especially at 2.8. I had this lens for 6 years. Used on 800si and 7d, fast in foucse. My favor lens.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   HK

    Similar Products Used:   Konica Minolta AF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5
    Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4
    Konica Minolta AF 35-80mm f 4-5.6
    Tamron AF90-300mm f/4.5-5.6

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Hartanto a Intermediate from Sydney, Australia

    Date Reviewed: July 3, 2003

    Strengths:    Relatively lightweight for handheld
    Superb Optical Quality
    Solid build
    72mm Filter
    Great portrait lens as well as telephoto

    Weaknesses:    No Internal Focus

    Bottom Line:   
    WOW!!! That's the word when I first saw the picture taken by this lens.

    Using @200mm f4 1/250 Handheld. The colour and sharpness is incredible.

    Excellent sharpness from f2.8 to f22 @80-200.

    Why spend US$900 for a f2.8 lens? a lot of people may ask....

    Question is why you want to take the picture at the first place?

    Love this lens because I can handheld it most of the time.

    Using 2x Converter, still get me f5.6 instead of f8 or f11.

    Wise choice! Best lens ever made!

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   eBay Australia

    Similar Products Used:   Canon f2.8 L series lens
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jong Cherly a Professional from Jakarta,Indonesia

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2002

    Strengths:    1.Sharp optic 2.highlight&Shadow detail Very good 3.Best colour among Japanese lens made

    Weaknesses:    Noisy AF

    Bottom Line:   
    Only Minolta G lens & Leica can produced 3D effect picture on (photoprint that acctualy 2D) because of their true sharpnest,not contrast(contrast lens seem sharp but not actually produced sharp)you can proof it by compare other lens&camera; take picture 3D object in same object same continuous lighting same film (fuji reala or kodak royal gold iso 100)must take with tripod&cable release cropped the film area as little as possible in same area than print minimum 20X25cm in same professional lab in some day. You will see the differences result . My past other 35mm camera are Leica,Contax,Nikon,after I used Minolta later & compare each other I sold them. Note I still respect to Leica lens not the camera.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Purchased At:   hobbies plaza,Jakart

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joe Fernandez a Professional from MD USA

    Date Reviewed: December 26, 2001

    -Apochromatic lens design yields blistering sharpness even at maximum aperture with no sign of color "fringing" due to the use of Minolta's AD (Anomalous Dipersion)glass. Amazingly, Minolta managed to correct chromatic aberrations with only one AD lens element(the 13th element in the optical design)
    -Excellent color fidelity, vivid yet natural colors, and even more important: color characteristics match the rest of Minolta's professional G-Series lineup.
    -Superior contrast range, more highlight and shadow detail...I honestly think that a lot of lenses from other brands rely a lot on high contrast to give the impression of apparent sharpness, at the expense of having shadow detail block up and/or highlights blowing out...
    -Negligible levels of distortion at any focal length.
    -Very flare resistant, and circular aperture design ensures that distracting background clutter is blurred beautifully especially when shooting wide-open at the longer end of the zoom range.
    -Professional quality build, this lens is designed to withstand regular heavy use. Mine is still spanking new so it is a bit "heavy" in the zoom ring but that will get better with

    Weaknesses:    I'm pretty picky on lenses, and yes, even this gem has a few downsides...But even so, the optical quality is just THAT good, so I will just live with its flaws.
    1- Rotating front filter thread. I don't plan on using graduated filters on this lens at all, and I seldom use polarizers except for landscapes (where I'll be better off with a wideangle anyway), so that isn't a huge issue for me. The only filter I use is the multicoated UV filter to protect the front element so it can rotate all it wants. But if you make extensive use of these type of filters, it'll be a headache...
    2-Minimum focusing distace: 5.9 feet
    Its rivals from the other manufacturers are able to focus closer. This is probably due to the Minolta's non-IF design. It must be noted that Minolta's 80-200/2.8 design was last updated to G-Series status in 1993 and it was mainly cosmetic and mechanical improvements. Unless I'm mistaken, the optical formula of this lens is basically the same as the older black AF 80-200/2.8 version (it may well be pre-1990s!!!)
    3-AF Speed: While very fast indeed, certainly faster AF with Maxxum 9 or 7 than any Minolta before, I will be the first to admit that I wish it had som

    Bottom Line:   
    I shoot professionally for a living and I purchased this lens to complement my Minolta AF 28-70 f/2.8 G for use on my Maxxum 9...Boy, does this lens deliver!!!
    I've read great reviews of this lens for years, as I saved up the money to buy it, and how sweet it is to finally own one. Many respected photo mags and websites worldwide have rated this lens very highly, some say it is arguably the best 80-200mm f/2.8 0 as far as optical performance is concerned. I have put the lens through its paces and I can understand why...WOW

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $1250.00

    Purchased At:   B & H

    Similar Products Used:   Minolta AF 28-70/2.8 G (great lens, perfect companion to 80-200)
    Minolta AF 85mm/1.4 G (great low-light performer, tack sharp, still my first choice for studio headshots)
    Minolta AF 200mm/2.8 APO G

    Type of photography:   People

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by borrego a Intermediate from HK

    Date Reviewed: December 7, 2001

    Strengths:    Very Fast AF on my Dynax9, still good on my 600si. It actually AF faster than my Minolta 70-210F4 on my 600si even with the extra weight. Image quality is very good and typical Minolta: Sharp but not over saturated (Canon) and overly contrast (old Nikon).

    I find the lens very good to handle because of its compact size. It is the shortest, lightest 80-200F2.8 on the market and have a 72mm filter thread. It can be fit vertically in a LowePro Nova 4. I have used a Tokina 80-200F2.8 ATX Pro and the Minolta not only is much better to handle, it also focuses faster (may be around 1.5 time). Compare to the Tokina, the Minolta's image quality is about the same at the long end, but much better at the short end. The Tokina also flares much more easily than the Minolta.

    Weaknesses:    Noisy AF because of the roller bearings used inside.
    Rotating front element.

    Bottom Line:   
    Sharpness is excellent at the short end, still very good at the long end. Good resistence to flare. The lightest, shortest 80-200F2.8 on the market. Good looking lens.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Purchased At:   HK

    Similar Products Used:   Tokina 80-200F2.8 ATX Pro

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

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