Pros: --compact for a 200mm 2.8 lens, short enough to get into many pro sports venues without credentials. I didn’t investigate this too far and just used manual focusing. If you nail focus results are great but focusing can be a challenge and I had quite a few images with less than ideal focus which I would have nailed with a good manual lens. Fully functional. That´s true. which might yield significantly better bokeh with no Cat’s eyes. As a bonus, the Mamiya allows the use of the Kipon Mamiya-Nex Baveyes adapter to turn it into a 135mm f/2 lens. You control the aperture trough the camera and the aperture is only closed the moment you hit the shutter which causes a small delay if you stop the Minolta down. Condition: Excellent. It was the Hi-Matic E. With regard to this 200 f2.8, if you have an A mount camera, get one. manual AF can be tricky. This was one of my first prime lenses together with the Minolta 20 mm 2.8 AF (which you haven´t tested yet???? Weight: 790g + LA-EA5. on the Sony A77 Mark II (ie 600mm out of hand), http://www.alles-im-bild.de/open_pictures_522312212582-Prachtlibelle(calopterygidae)_2018-278_1500px.jpg. From what I judge in this article, any Minolta Apo tele AF is difficult to focus manually due to small rotation angle, so if AF is bad with this combo then maybe I have to reconsider and go with a purely manual tele. My results were not very consistent though. I still have it but rarely use it, so yes. shipping: + C $50.08 shipping. In the Sony A-Mount it is hard not to come across this lens, since it is some kind of a “legend”. CA are corrected well but certainly not perfectly. They say Sony bought Minolta, and that it is more native than Canon/Nikon lenses. - which is also a reason for the high AF speed. The Minolta lens belong to the "G" (Gold) series - a classification which is continued to be used by Sony to mark professional grade lenses. Hi I am shooting with the a6000 which has fast af thank you, Hi LA-EA4 will it work with the canon 200 f 2.8 on my a6000 what adapter do I need thank you. Your email address will not be published. Breathtaking at f4. Micro-af adjust is possible with the LA-EA4 but for a zoom harder and I couldn’t make the 200 2,8 AF consistently anyway. Learning the focus limiter by means of the manual (Kurt Munger’s site) helps a lot for fast-moving subjects. Constant F/2.8 speed. Still, when it hits (or you manually focus it and hit) the results can be stellar, as this talented reviewer has shown. ... Minolta AF 80-200mm F/2.8 HS-APO G Telephoto zoom lens • Film era • Discontinued ... Professional lens with high quality optics and robust build. Especially the HS is known for its violent AF..it depends on what you are used to and like, if you’ve already experience with the early days of AF and don’t mind them then the only possible issue would be the slight shutter delay that the LA-EA4 introduces. Both seem to work great, don’t mind the “violent” AF and didn’t notice a shutter delay from the adapter. [Exc+5 ] Minolta High Speed AF APO Tele Zoom 80-200mm f2.8 Lens from Japan A281. When everything is made to work together with no adapters, there’s less lag in all operations. The front of the lens does not rotate so polarizers are easy to use. I have never before seen such a design but after you have figured out how it works it works well. The Minolta AF 2.8/200 usually sells for around $550 used at ebay.com (affiliate link). Theese three lenses keep me from buying expensive E-Mount lenses (1500 Euro Loxia 21, 1000 Euro 90 Macro and 2500 Euro 70-200). Compatibility: for the most part, the Minolta AF teleconverter II APO 1.4x is fully compatible with the Minolta 200mm F/2.8, 200mm F/4 macro, 300mm F/2.8, 300mm F/4, 400mm F/4.5 and 600mm F/4 including all HS-APO G models of each lens. So I bought both the Minolta 80-200 Apo High-Speed and the LA-EA4 adapter here during my stay in Japan. Also, if someone is on the fence about sending a lens to these gentlemen for testing I’ll say that no lenses or adapters were harmed in the production of this review : ). I read your very interesting report on the 200 APO. does violent focus mean out of focus images or just rapid jerky operation? Axial CA is well corrected for a 200mm lens but the correction isn’t perfect. 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 OVERALL Have you ever tried it or compared it to the APO 200? You are right. I imagine you’ll need to use the AF micro adjust setting on the A7 to get it to play nice. These Minolta f/2.8 lenses come with a 80-200 millimeter zoom length, which is a varying length that can be altered manually or automatically, depending on the camera that is being used in combination with the lens. Relies on in-camera autofocus motor. - sharp at f2.8. Too bad you did not process the 2.8 Macro which I will use for the slides …. I am now planning to buy Minolta AF Apo 80-200mm and LA-EA4 adapter for my A7 ii. The 200 f2.8 is very agreeable to manually focus with plenty of travel-somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty degrees of travel. It is, of course, based on a metal body and a metal mount. I have started using the Minolta AF 200 f2.8 APO with the LA-EA4r. For a 200mm lens the Minolta actually isn’t very large but still it is a big lens and you should support it with your left hand. Mamiya 2.8/200 APO: Being a medium format lens the Mamiya is quite a lot heavier and it has a minimum focusing distance of 2.5m but I suspect that it’s CA correction is superior. I do find the resolution to be good, but do find the contrast, in typical Minolta style to be not outstanding, especially compared to the 135za. I was a Minota shooter in the film days going back to my first Minolta in 1972. Given the age of the lens, the lens is surprisingly good. AF with the LA-EA4 is very fast (and a bit noisy). Your pictures of sheep and rock cliffs look incredibly sharp and I could never get this much detail on my A7 ii so far, too much pixelation. However, it also features a telescope-style build-in lens hood which can be locked. I have already checked used prices today. Maybe this lovely lens will come to new life with the new Sony LA-EA5 Adapter for E-Mount ? In Germany you can buy it used foraround 700€at ebay.de (affiliate link). There are some amazing deals on Minolta Apo 80-200 F/2.8 lenses on ebay, under $500. It can be as accurate as anything out there on the market, depending, like with all lenses, how much light there is to work with. C $590.60. Minolta AF APO 80-200MM F/2.8 Question Yes it will work but you need an alpha mount adapter. Thanks! Minolta High Speed AF APO TELE 200mm 1:2.8 (32) positive: - Perfect lens. Hopefully I can still comment & ask a question on this older review. At least on the Sony a7 series I wouldn’d recommend this lens for sport photography because the LA-EA4’s focus points are all very central and when I tried to track a somewhat distant flying gull it failed me most of the time. Focusing is not smooth but results are fantastic on still subjects: no backfocus, no light stealing mirror. Condition: Used. For this lens only a A99 II would be a satisfying solution. Bokeh is very smooth. Item information. I used it quite a bit for landscape photography. I have the manual focus MD 200mm f/2.8. Here is a photograph with Minolta AF 200mm 2.8 APO G (HS) (1988) + Minolta AF II Apo 2x Teleconverter (1988) Yes, the LA-EA3 (no AF) or the LA-EA4 (AF). As said before: Optically it is a solid lens but because of AF I would probably choose a Canon lens in that situation because of much more convenient AF. The first version you see in my images, released in 1986. I am new to this so maybe I am doing something wrong with my camera settings or raw image files. why?). I have realised those objectives are very heavy and by using a tripod I am afraid the ring of the a7 might suffer of the leverage effect…..any comment on that?thanks! I use this lens on a Sony a99 II and it is a dream come true from the past. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. Focus speed is not really there but it may be due to the A7II body. VIEW DETAIL. For starters, it has a focus hold button, which can be changed to DOF preview on certain cameras. to use this lens on manual with an A7s will i still need an adapter ?any problems using this for astro work ? Thank you and keep on the good work! I would love to hear more about this lens. You can use F2.8-F11 with no bad feelings. Consequently the front element does not rotate during AF operations. It also has a sliding cover over the focus ring to keep your fingers from interfering with the action, (it moves during AF), and locks closed by a simple twist, see product shots above. Canon EF 2.8/200 L USM: I think performance wise the Minolta is a bit better but the Canon will offer quieter and smoother AF and a more pleasant manual focus experience because of it’s USM drive. For some time the first version could be updated with the faster gears of the second version, AF speed of updated lenses will be the same as with the second version but it lacks the AF-stop button. I only keep the Minolta 200 2.8 APO because of it´s great image quality, the Minolta 100 2.8 Macro because I don´t need AF on a Macro and the Minolta 20 2.8, because in landscape photography 20 mm is a nobrainer. Since it’s a medium format lens weighing more than 1.1 kg, it is much heavier and quite bulky. Great article as usual! Just copy and paste! The 200mm f/2.8 APO G has a fairly complex mechanical design. Would be good to hear if you tried this already. The autofocus issues would have disappeared on either an a99 or a99 II.. Maybe helpful to the few people who use this dead mount. LA-EA5: 300€ These cookies do not store any personal information. Minolta 2.8/200: ~500-700€ Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for MINTMinolta AF APO TELE 300mm F/2.8 High Speed Lens Telephoto From JAPAN 580 at the best online prices at eBay! The latest version with Amazing image quality. MINOLTA AF TELE APO 80-200mm F2.8 G HIGHSPEED Out of Stock $ 728. Thanks 🙂. The flare resistance is good but not flawless. Usually you are fine but it won’t stand up to direct sunlight. I will try the Minolta AF Apo 80-200mm and maybe make a youtube review. The 200mm f/2.8 APO G has a fairly complex mechanical design. It is very sharp from f/2.8 even in the corners and only gains a little as you stop down. I suspect they do NOT share an optical formula. Thus, the “violent” refers to the sensation in the hand when you feel the torque being applied to the gearing for focusing. I’ve had the Minolta 200 on my a900 since 2009 and your shots confirm the performance of mine. If this review was helpful to you, please consider using one of my affiliate links. Your notion regarding the combo with this lens and the a99 II is absolutely correct. Please read our adapter guide. I was a fan of Minolta … formerly with the X700 and a MD Rokkor F 50 2.0, it was with this device that I took the slides. Unfortunately manual focusing is very difficult due to the very short focus path. Plus, toss in the availability of more reach with no penalty using the 1.4x teleconverter (I actually have the Sony) and it’s bliss. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. The issue with it is the same as with the 2.8/200 APO: Because AF is screw driven aquiring focus is little fun even though optical performance might be fine. AF with the LA-EA4 is fast but not very reliable and manual focus suffers from the short focus throw and very little resistance as well as the play of the focusing ring. It is an all-metal lens — even the hood is metal — and has great optics with fast autofocus. I am personally interested in this lens, especially as vignetting should be less pronounced on fullframe What particular flaws regarding the AF should I look for? I just got this lens in my hands to try it out when I thought, lets check if you guys tested this lens already. October 8th, 2008 Group Since. Is this just for it’s lack of any coma or for something more ? Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for 【EXC+5】 Minolta High Speed AF APO Tele Zoom 80-200mm f/2.8 G Lens From JAPAN at the best online prices at … I doubt it’s this copy of the lens or adapter: http://www.exposedmoment.com/2014/05/battle-of-200mm-on-a7-minolta-apo-high.html. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Shot with Sony A7R III + Sony LA-EA4 + Minolta AF 200mm f2.8 @ at f2.8 I decided to get the Sony LA-EA4 together with a “Minolta High Speed AF Apo Tele 200mm f2.8 G New” lens. Of course there is a catch, the Minolta AF 2.8/200 APO it is the focusing experience. I''m very happy with the build quality, sharpness, balance and AF speed. I wanted to ask you about the weight of the lense. Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 high speed AF APO SONY SLT-A99 www.zhukvs.com Nikon Ai-S 180mm 1:2.8 ED: The Nikon is much more affordable and a pleasant to handle MF lens and it’s performance in the center is similar but it can’t keep up in the corners and has a longer short focusing distance. The full aperture series can be found in my flickr Zeiss Makro-Planar 2/100 album. Another problem is as Phillip mentions that the AF points are clumped in the middle as the AF module is the SLT A55’s or something akin to it. Because the bokeh is great and it’s sharp across the frame you aren’t limited in your composition but you should allow some time for the focusing. Your email address will not be published. The LA-ea4 just doesn’t compare. Bei 200 mm Brennweite zeigen sich jedoch leichte Schwächen; das neuere Sony 2.8/70–200 mm G erreicht bei f2.8 in etwa dieselbe Leistung wie das hier beschriebene AF 2.8/80–200 mm APO G bei f5.6. The lens was made to work on A-mount. We've tested the "HS" (High-Speed AF) variant of the lens which is supposed to be 1/3 faster than its non-HS predecessor. If that’s the black version then it’s pretty famous for its good optics, whereas the white HS is rather compact for a ~70-200 2,8 (as well as supposedly good optically). However, it also features a telescope-style build-in lens hood which can be locked. Thanks for this detailed review. MINOLTA AF TELE APO 80-200mm F2.8 HIGH SPEED for SONY Refurbished The Minolta AF 200mm 1:2.8 APO employs a screw drive AF system, so in order to get AF on the Sony a7 series you need to use an LA-EA4 adapter. Mount: Minolta/Sony A. Unlike on Sony G lenses this is also visible via the corresponding "golden" ring at the lens front. The Minolta AF 300mm F/4 APO G has some useful features on it. The second HS version which offered faster AF and a focus stop button, released in 1988. That’s what the lens was made for. I’m considering upgrading for the AF, but given your comments on the LA-EA4 (I have that adapter + the A7R2) and those of others, the older MF 200 might be the better choice. - focus is very accurate, although not as speed demon as SSM but very close negative: - strong CA at f2.8 since it's not designed for digital - hood does not lock when not extended in use position. Loving life here. My testing conditions weren’t ideal because of the heat but the results are consistent with Bastian’s comparison and Photodo’s MTF curve none the less. Details about Clear lens Minolta AF APO TELE 200mm f2.8 High Speed G Sony A mount from Japan See original listing. Minolta AF Apo Tele Zoom 80-200mm F2.8 G Lens for Sony A Japan [Exc+++] #9037A. I will say that what shots were in focus were potentially very good. It’s heaven. f/4: Excellent in the center, corners improve a little. But I’m also thinking that fixed 200mm lenses give better results than zoom types at 200mm. Minolta f/2.8 Camera Lenses 80-200mm Focal. Hi, I often got sharp results, it wasn’t that it was consistently front- or backfocused. せっかく色々レンズを持っているのだから、思うところを色々と書いてみる事にした。 第一回目に何を書くか色々と迷ったのだが、自分の中で初めて「よいレンズ」というものを意識した記念すべきレンズということで、minolta af apo tele 200mm f2.8で始めようと思う。 It was a bad decision to buy both cause now I am stuck with both. The image quality with the a99 II and the 200G is startling. I have a A7 ,the sony adapter( 4) and i have a minolta beercan 70-210 and a minolta 400mm f5.6, with the sony a6000 they worked fine but with the A7 they work but when my finger is not on the shutter button they keep on trying to find focus.(?). For portraits you can isolate a person’s upper body completely from the background or even isolate the whole person from it’s surroundings. However, the AF performance is pretty impressive and the tested sample had no issues with AF accuracy, too. £59.94. The great thing with this lens is, that it pritty much doesn´t matter which aperture you choose. Manual lenses on the Sony a7 – a beginner’s guide, 15 affordable manual lenses for the Sony a7 series, http://www.exposedmoment.com/2014/05/battle-of-200mm-on-a7-minolta-apo-high.html, Review: Canon EF 2.8/200 L II on Sony a7rIII - phillipreeve.net, http://www.pebbleplace.com/reviews/medium_format/mamiya_200mm_apo/page_1.html, http://users.monash.edu/~ckopp/Mamiya-Samples-200mm-f2.8-APO.html, Sony FE lenses: A comprehensive and independent guide, Guide to Macro Lenses for the Sony a7 series, Beginner’s Guide to Manual Lenses on the Sony a7, Guide to Adapters for Manual Lenses on the Sony a7 series, The Guide to Canon FD lenses on the Sony a7 series, The rated List of Minolta MD/MC Lenses on the Sony a7, Sony FE lenses: The honest Guide for the A7/A7II/A7III A7rII/A7rIII/A7rIV A7c A9, Guest Review: Pentax SMC FA 31mm f1.8 Limited, Close Focusing Distance / reproduction ration: 1.5 m / 1:6.2. Also depends on your camera. Sony a-mount lens but can be adapted on Sony a7 or a9 series cameras via sony laea4 adapter (not included)

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