Well, I wanted to do a series of reviews on some Minolta lenses for a while, so here's the first one on the Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6.
^ That's the lens right there
I'll start with the basic Pro's and Con's of this lens:
-Good budget level telephoto lens.
-Nice reach of 70mm to 210mm.
-Large lens hood.
-Advantage for filters = smaller diameter size at only 49mm.
-Lens "button". (Used for either a DOF preview or Focus Hold button). Changeable through camera menu's.
-Focal Focus length window
-Separate focus ring is smooth.
-Focal zoom ring is large with a good grip, and is smooth.
-The small diameter can be a con for some people.
-Focus Ring is a bit thin and a little hard to comfortable get to. It's faster to move the actual lens barrel to focus than to get the focus ring.
-Barrel reach is quite long, in addition to more reach when you focus.
-Focus speed is fairly slow. It's actually very slow to be honest.
-Aperture isn't that big, but again, it's a budget level lens.
-Auto Focus is a pain most times. This lens really has a fairly hard time focusing on something in anything outside of direct sunlight, and also on the smaller objects like small flowers. You'll be better off in Manual Focus.
-Not a very sharp lens. Stopped down to f/8+, you begin to notice a bit more sharpness, but still not that much.
-Fairly noisy when it comes to focusing. And with the speed that it focuses in, it can really frustrate you.
Neither bad or good:
-Bokeh isn't that bad, but it's not the greatest. I wouldn't put the bokeh in the Cons, but I wouldn't jump to say it's a big Pro. It's decent.
Overall, my opinion on this lens is that it's a solid lens for the price that you can find it for. I think it's a good telephoto for someone who want's a good start, or for someone who needs something and can't spend too much. It's a solid lens to have in your camera bag if you don't have any other telephotos.
For me, it does the job, but like everything, there are easier, better, and of course more expensive lenses that when used, will obviously outperform this one. But it's just a matter of how much you want to spend, and what you want/need out of a lens.
Here are a couple of quick sample shots with the lens, and the DOF/Bokeh you can expect. I do apologies for the photo's being fairly bad. I just quickly had to run out and get them as I'm in a bit of a rush. So once again, sorry for the poor images.
These are all straight out of the camera, and uploaded. I will also post a series of very very basic editing on the same shots:
Camera: Sony A100
Lens: 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6
Exposure time: 1/200 at f/5.6
Aperture Priority Mode
Focal length = 210mm
In camera sharpness set at +2 (Due to lack of sharpness from my lenses
^Just to show DOF and Bokeh. Otherwise composition sucks
Exposure: 1/200 at f/5.6 (I stopped down the exposure compensation due to overexposure of the background)
Exposure compensation: -0.7
Focal Length: 210mm
And the edited images:
So yeah, if you have any questions on this lens, feel free to ask. Hope this helped, and I will post more lens reviews soon.
P.S. Sorry if this has been posted before
I forgot to search