Minolta AF 200mm f/2.8 APO G HS - Review / Lab Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Normally we don't have the resources to test legacy (discontinued) lenses here at Photozone. However, every once in a while we are feeling an itch to escape the mainstream when stumbling across a legend. Now there are many "supposed-to-be-legendary" lenses from the 70s and 80s. However, lens design has not stood still and there are, honestly, really only few marvels out there with respect to their optical capabilities (by today's standards). We'll now have a look at the Minolta AF 200mm f/2.8 APO G HS. Its original optical design dates back to 1986 - 25 years old at the time of this review. So what is so special about it ? Well, during its time it was one of the very best 200mm prime lenses and it has always been a mystery why Sony didn't take advantage of it for their current lineup - after all they own all the patents following the Minolta takeover. Anyway, let's have a look whether this reputation has a value beyond a collector's scope and whether the extremely high prices (50%+ over its latest retail price) over at eBay are actually justified.