Minolta MD 75-200 f4.5 or MD 70-210 f4.0?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by JazzMan, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. JazzMan

    JazzMan Guest


    My local camera shops have the following two Minolta MD zoom lenses for sale

    - Minolta f4.5 75-200mm
    - Minolta f4 70-210mm

    I am quite interested in buying one of these, and the 75-200mm f4.5 is
    considerably cheaper than the 70-210mm f4

    I read on an FAQ that the 70-210mm may be a 'Leica' design and was
    considered reasonably good, but I couldn't find anything out about the
    75-200mm (are they basically the same design or are they competely

    The difference in actual focal length is negligible for me, but I would like
    to purchase the best quality optic...

    Does anybody have any experience of these two lenses? Is the 70-210
    noticeably better than the 75-200?

    Many thanks
    JazzMan, Jan 23, 2004
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  2. JazzMan

    Colyn Guest

    I have the 70-210mm f/4 lens and as someone who does not care much for
    zooms I find it to be an excellent lens.

    I have never used the 75-200mm f/4.5 so I cannot comment on it..

    Colyn Goodson

    Colyn, Jan 23, 2004
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  3. I've got the AF version of the 70-210 f/4 lens, which, I understand, is
    basically the same as the MD version internally - it was an early AF lens,
    from what I've read. It's a pretty good lens, as far as zooms go, and I've
    found mine pretty handy for a variety of roles. My biggest gripe with this
    lens, slow autofocusing, doesn't really apply to you.

    As for the differences between the two zooms you mentioned, I have no idea.
    Unfortunately, neither lens shows up on photodo.com, and I haven't been able
    to track down too many other details on 'em.

    Hope that helps.

    Jason Donahue, Jan 26, 2004
  4. The f4 is legendary for being as sharp as a Minolta G lens, if not as flare
    resistant. I'd go for the f4.

    Mike Lipphardt, Jan 26, 2004
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