Minolta Maxxum 70-210mm f/4 First Shots Test

As I mentioned yesterday, my Minolta Maxxum AF 70-210mm f/4 arrived while I was away, and I finally got a moment this afternoon to make a few test shots. As with my previous tests, the subjects are mediocre and the lighting bad. Perfect for testing lenses…

We have a really confused Azalea bush in our front yard — it’s still making flowers! Anyway, this is literally the first shot with the new lens. Not too bad, I suppose. I did have to do some work, however, to get here.

For the techies: ISO 200, 1/160, F4, 210mm. Distance from subject is about 10 feet.

There’s a slight back-focus exhibited on this shot, but that could be simply that I “missed” a little bit when focusing. It was also a little bit breezy when I took this picture. There was also a little bit of purple fringing, which I was able to remove in Lightroom. I also performed “the usual” tweaks on the raw conversion. The final result is very likable.

Another truly inspired pair of images, this time of the shed in our back yard.

For the techies: ISO200, 1/250, F4, 210mm. Distance from subject is about 75 feet.

The focus point is supposed to be right on the corner of the roof, and it looks pretty darned close. I did pretty much the same treatment, though I didn’t notice so much fringing on this one. Crappy picture, but a good test subject, and I’d say the result is quite acceptable.

Finally, another relatively close shot.

Techies: ISO 200, 1/320, F4, 210mm. Distance to subject is about 10 feet.

This one suffered from some green fringing, but no purple. In this case, focus was spot on. What’s sharp is exactly what I focused on. Again, the usual raw conversion, but nothing else.

So far, I’d say that the results with this lens are very nearly as good as what I was getting with my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens after I spent $265 to get it overhauled (on top of the $1900 the lens cost new). And for this, I paid $200. Hmmm… I think I’ve got a winner!

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What do you think?