Surprisingly, there's no entry yet for a Minolta 200mm prime in this category. Today I set out to determine what would be my best telephoto option from the stuff I have. Experiments confirmed what I already knew: none of my 70-210mm zoom lenses really please me. What zoom lenses? Minolta MD Zoom 70-210/4, Canon FDn 70-210/4 and Tokina 70-210/4-5.6. The last one is actually my preferred telephoto for casual snapshots, it's light, handles well and delivers acceptable image quality in the center region. On to primes then, a combination of the MD 100/2.5 (great lens, often use it) with a 200mm would be the logical alternative. I took the MD 200/4 and the MD Tele Rokkor 200/2.8 for a spin and it appeared that at f/5.6 the heavier and bigger 200/2.8 wasn't significantly better if at all. So I went to a nearby park and started shooting with the MD 200/4 to assess if I'd return home with a sensible amount of keepers. And I did. The lens is nicely sharp at f/5.6 or f/8 and I managed to nail the focus consistently with peaking and without going to magnified view on the A7, but only if I had enough time. Most action shots failed miserably due to misfocus, autofocus would definitely yield more keepers for those. No prize-winning pics here, just an assessment what the Minolta MD 200/4 can do for you when you don't want to shell out for an FE 70-200/4 (as in my case). Hazy weather, had to bump up contrast quite a bit here and reduce saturation in the foreground Fully backlit; the lens delivered enough contrast to pull a recognizable image from the raw file, the A7's dynamic range took care of providing the necessary data and Lightroom's controls did the rest. Needed quite some bumping up contrast too because of the haze, fairly narrow crop Even narrower crop, the original is 2183x1455 pixels. Intended as a work of art, don't know what this is or what it stands for. It reminds me of the horn of His Master's Voice (RCA records), only the dog is missing here .