Minolta AF 24-50mm F4 RS A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 5   
reviewer#44109 date: Jul-23-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5 original
Zeiss 55f1.8 ZA
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 new
Takumar 55f1.8
price paid:58 USD
positive:Very compact and lightweight lens.
Very good center sharpness, nice color and contrast.
Acceptable distortion and flare control.
Very cheap for the useful focal range zoom lens and fix aparture.
negative:Average build quality. Feel all parts loose.
Very soft around edge over whole focal range that cannot be solved by closing aparture.
Also soft over whole frame at 50mm.
comment:Very cheap wide-normal zoom lens with very nice color rendering and good center sharpness even wide open except at 50mm (of course you need to do micro adjustment). Also it's small and light even with LA4 adapter, can bring it everywhere without hesitance.
The bad things: edge softness over whole focal range (I rated 4.5 sharpness for center at 24-35, for edge sharpness probably just 3), softness at around 50mm
Build quality is not so good but it' fine. The biggest issue for me is micro adjustment is not same for all focal length. For -5, AF works well from 24-35mm but totally out of focus at 50mm. So I always use it for only 24-35mm focal length. Overral, image quality/price is excellent, especially for one who needs 24-35mm, low price, light lens. If you need only 24mm FL, I think it's better to save little more money for fix 24f2.8.
reviewer#9300 date: Aug-5-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 24-105
CZ 24-70
minolta 24-85
minolta 35-105
price paid:90 usd
positive:sharp at 24 f/4
great color
compact
good distortion
negative:little soft at 50 f/4
comment:This lens is very good with colors typical Minolta, I am satisfied with the production of color, sharpness, and distortion, and lightweight.
reviewer#4552 date: Dec-16-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:17- 35 D
28-70 g
70 -210 f4
price paid:50 usd
positive:light weight and compact, its a perfect length for event coverage. nice and sharp at f4.
negative:none
comment:its a perfect length for event coverage. nice and sharp at f4.
im sad i dont have it anymore.
its a tough little guy. friend dropped it off his desk onto a concrete floor and after a little tlc it was fine.
i wish i still had it.
**Update** I have just got this back and it is a great little lens on the A900.
reviewer#2755 date: Sep-17-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:17-35G
20-35
24-85
24-105
20
24
28
35
50
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact and sharp
Better focusing ring
negative:Hood is useless
Rotating front elment during focusing
Becomes 36-75 on DSLR
comment:This is supposed to be the sharpest AF 24-50 lens. The MD verions of this lens has great reputation, the AF version is good and has good distortion control. On digital it is quite limited only 36-75mm
The RS version has better focusing ring but the annyoing part is the rotating front make using polorzier filter tricky. Based on my tests its performance is about the same as the 24-85/24-105 so if you need a zoom starting from 24, the other 2 is a better choice.
reviewer#117 date: Sep-25-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness good, colour excellent. Suitable as a general outdoor walkaround lens (effectively 35-70) as not too heavy but with a useful "normal" (ie semi wide to short tele) range. Useful close focusing depth of 30cm.
negative:Filter ring rotates during focusing. I tend to use MF when using graduated Cokin filters, getting the focus right and then rotating the filter mount to suit.
comment:This is a good walk around lens with it's sharpness and colour rendition. While I generally leave the Minolta 28-135 on as my walk around lens because of the extra versatility, the extra weight of that lens can be a bit of a pain at times. I like this lens for contrasty / shadowy light areas as it is less prone to underexpose than the 28-135. I've had no problem with flare, perhaps this is a problem on the earlier version.

I've given the build a "4" only because it is plastic, I prefer the old all metal lenses, apart from it's construction material it's fine.
reviews found: 5   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.40
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 3.80
  • distortion: 4.60
  • flare control: 4.60
  • overall: 4.48

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