Minolta AF 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11805 date: May-3-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 18-55; Minolta 35-105N
price paid:$90 USD
positive:Good range for APS. No glaring optical weaknesses. Convenient and comfortable size and weight; good feel. Internal focus.
negative:None for me.
comment:I find this a big improvement over the kit lens; sure you lose the 18mm wide angle, but I rarely use that and having more reach is a good tradeoff. While the size is almost identical to the 18-55, having 14 elements instead of 8 is bound to weigh more.

Mine is tight, smooth and free of zoom creep so probably that's a wear over time problem exacerbated by the heavy front elements.

It's also sharp enough on the long end to withstand considerable cropping, which extends the usable range considerably. I'd put it in the contenders for the 'If I could only take one lens..' derby.

Nice colour and contrast; minimal CA, sharp from 4.5. A keeper.
reviewer#11043 date: Apr-16-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 16-80 zeiss
Tamron SP90 2.8
SAL 70-300 G
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp in the center
Fantastic colors
Light and compact
negative:Not sharp in the corners
Flare control
comment:Have it for over 15 years.
This was my companion of a minolta 800si and the for a Dynax9..
What a camera!!!
When took the A700I replaced by the SAL16-80 zeiss and parked then.
Now is the standard lens for my new A900 but will replace soon with my already ordered SAL 24-70 2.8 (great expectations).
This is for this budget a fantastic lens!!
reviewer#10953 date: Feb-28-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75 F2,8
Sony 18-135 F3,5-5,6
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:+ weight, compact
+ colors
+ build
negative:- price I'd paid, but lens is as new
- no ADI
comment:
missing
reviewer#10785 date: Dec-15-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-80
Minolta 35-105
price paid:90 GBP used
positive:Very sharp throughout the range.
Minolta colours
Virtually no PF
negative:Rare
Not a D lens
comment:This lens is so good that it holds its own with two of the best availabe lenses covering a similar range.

Just a touch soft at 24 f3.5, it becoms sharp at f4. At all other focal lengths and apertures it is sharp and very sharp above f5.6.

If you dont need 16-24 save yourself some serious cash and look for one of these.

At similar focal lengths and apertures it at least matches the two lenses mentioned above. A sleeping giant!!
reviewer#10688 date: Nov-11-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 F4
Tamron 17-50 F2.8
Minolta 35-105
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Sony 35mm F1.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Well what a sleeper this lens is, I picked it up as part of a combo deal on a Dynax 303si with the 75-300 (new) and this attached to the camera .
My first impression was it looks quite nice similiar to new lenses being made by sony now but i thought it would not compare to the old Minoltas i have, Biy was i wrong
The colours certainly have the Minolta Pop to them and bokeh is very nice with rounded blades producing nice circles at F8 even
I actually prefer this lens to the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 superb lens
It is very resistant to flare and can produce good results even when pointing directly at the sun.
Its quite and fast
negative:I did not get one earlier
comment:A rather surprising lens that i had overlooked definite keeper
reviewer#10554 date: Oct-3-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55mm f3.5/5.6
price paid:60 USD
positive:Sharp, relatively light and built to last.
negative:None.
comment:My favorite lens. Good range even on an APS-C. Smooth zoom and quiet auto focus when shooting video on my Sony A37.
Useful hood that's easy to reverse for storage. Pairs well with Minolta 100-200 f4.5. Truly a great bargain. Highly underrated.
reviewer#10343 date: Jun-30-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90 di
Minolta beercan
Minolta 35-105 old
Tamron 70-300di usd
Tamron 55-200
Minolta baby beercan
price paid:65gbp
positive:Sharp!!!!!
Colour
Quick focus
Constrast
Bokeh is pleasing
negative:Hood
comment:Well for the money this was a fantastic buy.Lovely and sharp,great colours and great contrast,a really superb little lense for portraits,its sharp but pleasing on faces,if that makes sence?.The hood is a bit useless,but seems to work,havent noticed any flare yet,build on mine feels like it might fall apart lol but i doubt it will,its just a real joy too use to be honest,whatever you throw at it it delivers,a real no brainer,if you can get one cheap enough i doubt if you would regret buying one,im impressed by it.
reviewer#10326 date: Jun-25-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24mm f2.8
28mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
135mm f2.8
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
80-200mm f2.8
500mm f8 Reflex
Sigma APO 300mm f4 ( sold )
Sony Zeiss 16-80mm f3,5-4,5
price paid:150 euros
positive:Quite sharp at all apertures on A700
Good and useful focal range on aps,
Small and reasonably light,
Decent hood,
Strong built
Perfect weight, compact
Very fast focus !


negative:sometimes zoom creep ,
but that's not an issues to me.
comment:My copy is sharp and contrasty at all focal lengths .
The built is very good, lightweight and small all-around zoom Its an easy to carry around, even whole day long .
It's a nice built lens with a very good quality.
Compared to the kit lens, this lens produce much much better image. its sharpness and color saturation that I like very much .
I find it good balanced in weight for the Sony Dslr's and Slt's.
It produces images with very beautiful and saturated color, excellent contrast and total sharpness .
Almost all older Minolta lenses have something to their colour and this one, in particular, has that dreamy colour everyone talks about .
The difference in color between this lens and the Sony kit lens is like black and white.
Autofocus is really superfast and non problematic.
This is probably one of my favourite lenses and the one I reach for to walk around ,almost matches the 35-105 .
Some seems complain about CA, I've not see any Chromatic Aberration and even less flare-prone than expected.
Keep your kit-lens for wide landscape (use f11 or higher),
take this 24-85 mm f 3.5-4.5 lens as your working horse .
The overall user ratings 4.36 should be higher in my opinion .
reviewer#9961 date: Feb-22-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 f/4.0 (baby beercan)
price paid:120.00
positive:- good zoom range on APS-C
- very sharp
- good Minolta color
- good build
negative:- a bit heavy
- prone to flare without hood
- a slight bit of barrel wobble
comment:I bought this lens from KEH and it looked brand new when I got it. It's a large lens and a bit heavy but it really does look awesome (if that really matters to you).

I found the sharpness to be excellent on my a700 and I would say it's as sharp if not sharper than the baby beercan with much better zoom range. And 24mm at the wide end isn't bad for an APS-C camera.

I use this lens for general stuff and for portraits. I really like it a lot and I highly recommend it.
reviewer#9875 date: Feb-2-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 28-105mm xi, minolta 70-210mm, minolta 28mm, quantaray 18-200mm (sigma rebadge)
price paid:80 usd
positive:sharp, minolta colors, good zoom lens...
negative:soft on corners... have to raise the f stop a bit...
comment:very good walk around lens light but its built tough. the colors are very vibrant and is very sharp at f5.6+ used it in my a700 most of the time. happy with it.
reviewer#9549 date: Oct-30-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-50 f4
Sony CZ 24-70
price paid:175 USD
positive:Light, well built, good reach, sharp at f8 and 28mm ++ Very fast and precis focus, almost faster then modern day lens, it's true it's a very light lens, almost too light for the A900, but for a walk around lens you can ask better. See 2nd NOTE at the bottom.
negative:Soft at 24mm but gets better at 28mm and up, same result as on the A900 or the a580.
comment:This lens has good reach, light, well built, but disappointedly soft at 24mm even at f8; it gets better at 28 and up. I've test it on the A900 and it's OK for the price but just so, but on the A580 it is surprisingly good.
NOTE: Got me a second mint copie of the lens, and I'd like to add: very fast and precise focus, sharpness is equal to my other copy.
Added NOTE (June 2014): I had an accident with one of the 24-85, it broke beyond repair; since I like these “Walk Around” lens, and they come cheap, got me a 3rd copy.... surpised, this one is even better then the first two one. Brand new, from Japan and in the original package. I re-tested on my A900, A580 and A700 and the quality, sharpness, accurate focus etc, is excellent. Conclusion: since these lens are considered “Kit Lens”, unfortunately craftmanship will vary greatly from one copy to the other.... probably why this lens received such low ratings.
reviewer#9433 date: Sep-17-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm 2.8
Minolta 24-50mm
Minolta 35-105mm
Minolta 50mm f3.5 macro
price paid:320
positive:Sharp
Good range
Great colours
CA well controlled
negative:Slight barrel distortio at 24mm and slight pincushion at tele end
comment:I have bought this lens primarily as a travel / walkaround lens. It performs well. The 25-85 lens is MUCH superior to the 35-105 (which has very low contrast giving a totally flat image).There are few FF walkaround options forthe a850 or a900. This does the job. Colours are great, distortion can be corrected and CA is negligible. The lens is reasonably robust and the lens hood works well. Autofocus is excellent. No barrel wobble on my copy.
The centre is sharp but the corners are a little soft wide open. By F8 when this lens is sharp across the field.
SUMMARY
This is a good walkaround for Sony FF with some compromises.
reviewer#9182 date: Jun-26-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-105 RS
Minolta 35-105 original
price paid:70 GBP
positive:Sharpness
Minolta colours
Range
negative:None for the price
comment:Very sharp at all apertures through the range and almost matches the 35-105 at comparable focal lengths.

IMHO one of the best'budget' zooms you can buy.
reviewer#9087 date: Jun-4-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:130 USD (used)
positive:- range
- sharpness
- great minolta colour
- flare control
- distortion
- great boken
negative:- build
- litte CA in 85mm
comment:This the very best lens for this price!
reviewer#8814 date: Mar-20-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Kit lens 18-55
Minolta 35-70 F/4
price paid:4000Rub(=140usd)
positive:Smooth zoom wheel
Good range
negative:Flare
bad at shooting against light
comment:I've bought this lens for movie at A55 because it has good zoom range. I can't say nothing good about IQ because Kit is better.
reviewer#8685 date: Feb-20-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-70 F4
35-105 F4
18-70 kit lens
price paid:70 GBP (used)
positive:Sharp
Lovely colours
Wider than the 35-105
negative:Not easy to put the hood on backwards for storage.
Made my 35-70 baby Beercan totally redundant.
comment:Picked up an immaculate copy of this lens from eBay. Delighted to say this seems to be an extremely sharp example, from what I've read they can be a bit hit and miss.

Wide open and even stopped down it beats the two older Minolta lenses every time, it's sharper and the fabled Minolta colours are just as apparent. Has the added advantage of a much more useful range on an APS-C body - don't miss the 20mm at the long end (compared to the 35-105) and really appreciate the extra 11mm at the wide end.

Might not be quite as wide as the kit lens, but it's in a totally different league in terms of build quality and performance.

This lens is an underrated little gem, pick up a copy if you can find one.
reviewer#8317 date: Nov-29-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:75.00
positive:Light weight, small, nice wide angle
negative:not the sharpest lens, too contrasty for my taste
comment:A great used lens. I love the range, and the close focus range. It's a bit too contrasty for my taste.
reviewer#8217 date: Nov-9-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:350
positive:Sharp lens, well built,
negative:Not compatible to newer dSLRs
comment:That was a huge step for me when I bought this from my rubbish kit lens on Dynax 7000i. It was sharp, well built and incredibly well. It served me through the ages of Dynax 7000i, Dynax 800i till Dynax 7 and replaced by a 24-105. Too bad found it not compatible with A100 and onwards. Sony politely asked me not for further repair...since they think this lens does not worth the cost
reviewer#7983 date: Sep-17-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:£80
positive:good sharpness,colour,distortion,
filter size,
PRICE!!
negative:zoom creep
comment:looking for a zoom lens for my a850 and wanting something that could give me a resonable wideangle for landscapes. i must say i really am pleased with this lens because the quality really is very good. distortion control is very good and worthy of a 4.5 if i could have given it this grade. all in all for the price this lens is, i would say buy one because if you ever go full frame this is a great lens capable of excellant results, the samples i've posted are no crop to the original and no sharpening at all! and shot at f22!! i wanted to push the lense to its limits and it did'nt let me down.
reviewer#7869 date: Aug-26-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70mm
Minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:colors, sharpness
negative:
missing
comment:One of my favorite lens with the 50mm 1.7 prime.
Produce wonderful colors
reviewer#7719 date: Jul-24-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 18/55 cz 24/70
price paid:130 euros
positive:sharpness
negative:none
comment:very good lens got in from ebay as new better than a lot of primes get one you will not regret it ,
reviewer#7587 date: Jun-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-70 f4
35-105 f3.5-4.5 RS
28-80 f3.5-5.6D
50 f1.7 RS
price paid:120 GBP
positive:Sharpness
Resolution
Colour
Current price
negative:Build quality
Zoom Creep
comment:Optically this seems to be one of the best Minolta zoom lenses. If you are an architectural photographer you might fault it on distortion but then you probably would any zoom.

This seems as sharp as the 50mm prime and 35-70 f4 but has the extra range (great on full frame and not bad on APS-C).

If image quality is all you are looking for this is the lens for you. I've marked it down on build quality because I don't feel it matches the optics very well. It's ok but because of the weight of the glass I feel it should be more solid which would probably help with the zoom creep.

Ergonomically I much prefer the 35-105 but this is a small sacrifice to make for the quality I've produced when this is attached to my cameras.
reviewer#7485 date: May-26-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70 kit
24-105D
35-105 org
28 F/2.8
50 F/1.7
price paid:75 euro
positive:Acceptable range on APS-C
Price
Build quality
negative:Zoom creep
lack of sharpness
comment:My father uses this as his walkaround on his A100. The lens fits very well esthetically and balance wise on this body. I was slightly disappointed in the sharpness of this lens after reading the reviews, even the old kit lens is sharper at most focal lengths. Only around 50mm this lens shows a good sharpness (might be this copy). In the end my dad missed the wide angle and upgraded to the 18-55 kit which is a lot better.
reviewer#7447 date: May-19-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony SAL1870 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:~140 USD (used)
positive:Light weight
Sharp (comparing with the kit lens)
Better colours (comparing with the kit lens)
Low price
negative:Rubber focus ring can come unstuck with the time
comment:
missing
reviewer#7213 date: Mar-31-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 28-105 3.5-4.5
price paid:88 EUR used
positive:sharp - stopped down f5.6
minolta colours
light, well built
negative:soft - wide open
zoom creep
comment:I compared the Minolta 24-85 to my favorite Minolta 28-105. In my opinion the 28-105 is much sharper wide open than the 24-85. I took some nice portraits and street pics with the 28-105 aperture wide open. Unfortunately the 24-85 is too soft wide open for portraits! I would recommend the 28-105 over the 24-85 for this purpose even though the 24-85's range is more comfortable for everydays fotography. Stopped down to at least f5.6 the 24-85 is a recommendable standard lens. I sold this lens again and kept the IMHO better 28-105.
reviewer#7165 date: Mar-27-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105mm SR 4.5-5.6
Minolta 35-70 f4
price paid:215US$
positive:The best walkaroundlens on my A900, with less vignetting than 24-105, less weight than CZ 24-70, better than 35-70 f4.
negative:distorsion, easily corrected in Post prosessing.
comment:I was dissapointet by my 24-105mm on my A900 and the CZ I found too heavy to log around. I found this on E-bay in Demo condition new in box. I have tested it specially against the 24-105 and find that the vignetting is at least one f-stop less, stepped more down, like f8-f11, it is even better. Sharpness is clearly better wide open, stepped down it is about the same. Compared to the 35-70 f4 it is better in all aspects. So my 24-105 will stay on my 7D where it is doing a good job.

Higly recommended as a normal zoom for A850 and A900.
If you find it buy it, I did.
reviewer#7057 date: Mar-11-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:DT Sony 18-55
Sony 18-70
Minolta 35-105 old
Nikon 18-105
Nikon 18-135
price paid:700 RMB
positive:cheap and amazing sharpness,wonderful color(especially under the cloudy weather)...I like it~worth!
negative:the build doesn't fit its performance...however,nothing more should be required to this cheap but amazing len....at least on this price,that's it.
comment:Worthy to buy and own it,and it will not let you disappointed,enjoy its sharpness and color!
reviewer#6909 date: Feb-14-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:beercan
Tokina 19-35
price paid:USD 110 (used)
positive:Color!!!!
negative:zoom mechanism
comment:Really love the color!! sharpness is good. the only complain is the zoom mechanism, but maybe it's fair enough for lens at its age.
reviewer#6901 date: Feb-11-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M 24/2.8
M 28/2.8
M 50/1.7
M 70-210/3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp
great colors
negative:Zoom Creep
comment:This is the lens I keep on the camera, most of the time. My copy is really sharp
and has wonderful colors. The zoom creep is the only thing that bugs me about this lens.
This lens is still sharp with my a850, I am very pleased with the results I get.
reviewer#6732 date: Jan-12-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-75 2.8
24-105 3.5-4.5
24-70 2.8 HSM
price paid:99USD
positive:SHARP, light colors cheap
negative:none
comment:GREAT SHARPNESS AN COLORS.
reviews found: 52    1 2 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 52
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.19
  • distortion: 4.35
  • flare control: 4.06
  • overall: 4.38

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