Minolta AF 24mm F2.8 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#31700 date: Oct-14-2016
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24/2,8
Minolta 28/2,8
Minolta 50/1,7
Minolta 100/2,8 Macro
Sigma 300/4,0
Minolta 28-35/3,5-4,5
Minollta 35-70/4,0
Minolta 70-210/4,0
price paid:
missing
positive:Yery sharp, no disortions, very good flare control.
negative:nothing
comment:Great lens!
reviewer#26545 date: Apr-6-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Rokinon 16 F2
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 Super Wide II
Sony AF 28 F2.8
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Sony DT 16-105
Sony DT 18-55 SAM II
Minolta AF 24-85
Minolta AF 24-85 RS
price paid:95 USD (used)
positive:Very small
Sharp wide-open
Internal rear focus
Well-centered
Low barrel distortion
Reversible petal hood
55 mm filter threads
negative:Minor lateral CA (blue/red)
Minor focus breathing
Short, uneven focus throw
Small, hard plastic focus grip
Curved focus plane
comment:A nice clean copy with original hood and caps purchased on eBay. The retail price of this lens was $300 when released in 1985. "JAPAN"

This is one of the smallest A-mount lenses--though Canon has a much smaller 24 mm F2.8 STM EF-S pancake. It is identical in length to the Sigma Super Wide II, but doesn't extend like that lens to focus close. The focal length remains wider than the Sigma at close focus.

The biggest advantage of this lens is a very centered optical assembly. The Sigma is sharper on the top left than the Minolta but much softer on the bottom right. The corners of the Minolta 24 mm prime are also more consistent than the 24-85 mm and 18-55 mm zooms at 24 mm. The focus plane is definitely quite curved--comparable to the 24-85 and 18-55 zooms at the same focal length. The corners are good stopped down to f/5.6 and continue to get sharper until about f/8. The corners will sharpen if the center is defocused unlike the 28/2.8.

While the contemporary Sigma is mostly metal construction, the Minolta is mainly plastic. The Sigma has a much longer focus throw and closer focusing ability. The Sigma also has a bit more barrel distortion. The 18-55 has a similar amount of distortion at 24 mm. Both old 24 mm primes are very similar in color and similar to the 18-55 kit lens.

The reversible petal hood is very nice though certainly small for an APS-C crop. It uses a three lobe bayonet similar to the 55 mm filter thread kit lenses. The little circular hoods used on those lenses are no improvement over the stock hood.

Overall this lens has slightly better image quality than the others at 24 mm, but it is mostly just the extreme APS-C corners than are better. A more centered version of one of the other lenses might perform just as well.
reviewer#21424 date: Nov-13-2015
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 20mm f2.8
- Minolta 28mm f2.8
price paid:100 Euro
positive:- Good for ASP-C
negative:- Bad for full frame
comment:The 24mm is the most disappointing Minolta prime lens I've got. It's ok for ASP-C (resulting in a 36mm lens) but on full frame body the corners are soft below f5.6. The 24-85mm lens is much sharper, in center and in the corners.

The Minolta 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm lenses are gold, the other 2.8 primes are so-so. It's the weakest f2.8 lens, the 20 and 28 are sharper.
reviewer#21418 date: Nov-12-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 on Maxxum 7000
price paid:£70
positive:Build quality, internal focus, metal, fast focus, sturdy hood, 55mm metal filter thread
negative:None
comment:This is an excellent compact lens. I use it on my full frame a900 where it delivers a nice wide field of view, shallow enough depth of field when needed, saturated colours and reasonable sharpness.

With a focal length of 24mm it is a lens that I see as purposefully wide, opposed to a 35mm for example which lies in-between wide and normal. A wide prime is harder to use initially but once you start seeing wide the resulting photographs are rewarding. Good focal length for sweeping outdoor vistas with plenty of sky or foreground and unorthodox indoor portraiture, think fashion photography.

I use it for portraiture, travel, art and scene setting cinema style photography.

f2.8 is a bright enough aperture for this type of lens and also keeps it compact, the same size as the Minolta 28mm, 35mm f2 and 50mm. You don't use a wide lens for bokeh although the OOF areas are pleasing, you use it for composition and content, so f2.8 is plenty even for low light with the a900.

The colours are well saturated. No real need for a CPL with this as you can get deep blue skies with practise.

Focus is fast, as fast and possibly faster than my 200mm f2.8 HS, but may miss at longer distances. Thankfully they have a smooth focus ring for manual focus.

Internal focus is an overlooked plus. It keeps the inside of the lens dust free and makes the lens feel better built overall.

On APSC it has the same field of view as a 35mm, but doesn't feel wide or long enough, I'd rather use a DT 35mm on that format for a 50mm equivalent.
reviewer#21417 date: Nov-12-2015
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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 own this lens
compared to:16-50mm DT, 50mm 1.4 Zeiss
price paid:180.00
positive:Light, small, decent build.
negative:CA, corner sharpness
comment:I've had this lens for a few years now. It's not bad in that- when you have a good amount of light- it can produce very nice images. It's not all that sharp though. You shouldn't expect that either given it's a 24mm. Corners are a bit of a let down even at F11. My 16-50mm DT does better at any F stop then this 24mm 2.8. You get some ghosting wide open but I suspect that's do to it being built for film not the 4mm or so thick glass on top of a digital sensor.

Bokeh isn't bad either but don't expect crazy amounts of sharpness out of this thing. It just aint going to happen.
reviewer#13215 date: Apr-2-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- sony 35/1.8
- sony 16-80
price paid:
missing
positive:- useful focal length
- sharp center at any aperture
- fast AF
- inconspicuous
- minolta colors
negative:- lateral color fringing
- distinct resolution fall-off in the corners, even at f8/f11
- prone to flare/loss of contrast if sunshade not used
comment:This is an enjoyable little lens to use on aps-c, making it a good one-lens solution if one wishes to travel light and be inconspicuous. However, optical flaws are readily observed (see cons above) due to its dated optical design and coatings.
reviewer#12172 date: Mar-10-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20 AF, Sigma 19, 18-55 SAM, 50 f1.4 & 50 Macro D
price paid:£140
positive:Rear element focusing (so you can hold it against glass to avoid reflections and let it AF) and short snappy screw drive AF. very cheap s/h
negative:None.
comment:Lovely F/L on either Full-frame or APS-C, and this is a lovely lens to use. My RS was stolen but the (o) is just as nice and tends to be remarkably cheap: get one with a hood for preference.
reviewer#11831 date: May-16-2014
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- FE35
- 50 1.7
price paid:118 GBP (mint)
positive:- contrast
- overall IQ
- detail
- price
negative:- nothing at this price.
comment:Love it, has the everything I point at looks interesting factor.
reviewer#11398 date: Oct-23-2013
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50 f/2.8 SSM
price paid:About $200 USD
positive:Small, light, sharp, fast, well built. Fun
negative:None
comment:I've had this lens for about a year. It is a great companion for my a55. This combo is light and discreet. It works out to a medium wide angle with APS-C. I carry this kit around almost all the time. I love it. It is just a bit soft wide open, but after f/4 it is just fine.
reviewer#11352 date: Sep-26-2013
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35 f1.8
50 f1.4
sigma 10-20 f4.5
price paid:240 CAD
positive:Price
sharpness
f2.8
size (fits in a pocket)
negative:vignette at f2.8 on A99
comment:This is a fantastic prime lens. Classic Minolta. Fast to focus. Is sharp from f2.8 very sharp at f8. I compared this side by side to my sigma 10-20 and this lens is much sharper. Even the corners are not bad at all. Colours are classic Minolta. Light weight and a steal at around $200 plus shipping.
reviewer#11264 date: Jul-22-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:16-50 2.8
price paid:75 euro
positive:Small
Light
2.8
36 mm on APS-C
Sharp
Good colours
negative:Hard to find the original hood.
But found one on the Fotografica Fair for euro 10.
comment:There was no hood on the lens, but I am not complaining for that price. Love that it is compact and an overall great performer.
reviewer#11010 date: Apr-4-2013
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Any other mid range W.A. lens I have used.
price paid:170 Usd
positive:Light
Sharp
Inexpensive
negative:Not a thing
comment:Purchased mine used in mint condition with original caps and petal sun shade. I have not detected the performance fall off that others have reported at f2.8. This is a great companion to my M.A.F. 50mm f4 macro.
reviewer#10948 date: Feb-26-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:
missing
price paid:250 usd used
positive:Sharp
f2.8
Build quality
colors
negative:
missing
comment:Awsome lense,sharp, have nice colors, maby too much blue but its not a problem for me,also not that wide at crop sensor but also im fine with that.
reviewer#10716 date: Nov-20-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55 f/3.5-5.6
Minolta 28-80 f/4-5.6
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8

Minolta 28 f/2.8
Sony DT 35 f/1.8
Minolta 50 f/1.4
Sony DT 50 f/1.8
Sigma 70 f/2.8 Macro
Minolta 135 f/2.8
price paid:800 SEK
positive:Lightweight. Nice colors. Shapness. Excellent build. Small.
negative:Some minor flares if sun is in the corner. Busy bokeh at f:2.8
comment:I like this lens for sharpness, colors, weight and size. Bought at swedish ebay (tradera) for 800 SEK = 118 USD = 92 EURO.
Way better than the Minolta 28-80 above.
Only little better sharpness than the Sony 18-55 kit lens and the tamron 17-50. Really good colors.
reviewer#10670 date: Nov-7-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24mm f2.8
Carl Zeiss 16-35mm
KM 17-35mm
Sigma 12-24mm
price paid:
missing
positive:Tiny & light
Classic Minolta colour
Good edge sharpness & very good once stopped down
negative:unimpressive sharpness wide open (especially given it's a prime)
comment:Optically it's in a similar class to the cheaper Sigma 24mm f2.8, though slightly sharper edges, better colour/contrast and smoother focus.

Both aren't overly sharp wide open and their sharpness rating reflects that weakness but they but improve quite a bit as you stop down. At f8 there isn't much difference between this and the cz16-35mm, given it's the kind of lens that will typically be used at f5.6-11 I don't think it's a huge practical downside.

I think the Minolta is much more pleasing than the Sigma 24mm but I stop short of considering it a class above, while it's certainly worth paying more for the Minolta I don't think it's worth 3x the amount it sometimes commands.

reviewer#10437 date: Aug-8-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF28 f2.8
Minolta AF50 f1.7
Minolta AF50 f1.4
price paid:198 USD (USED)
positive:Sharp
Cheap
Lightweight
Build
2.8
negative:Only 2.8
36mm on crop sensor
slight edge distortion
comment:Nice lens all around

Can be less sharp at 2.8

Little narrow in crop sensor but 36mm is very well for everyday use.

I took this to replace 28 f2.8 and it's worth for a higher price.

NOTE: When use its hood backwards the manual focus is impossible.
reviewer#10402 date: Jul-23-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:17 50 2.8
18 280 sony
price paid:135 CHF
positive:Sharpness
Works nicely on a77
minolta colours
negative:had to fine tune focus adjustment, does not work on my other camers well
comment:This lens is a great little performer. is light so great for walk around landscapes. kind of more limited than a zoom for walk around found mysels swapping lenses but for specific purposes very useful. I had to micro adjust this lens so without micro adjust found it was not sharp.
reviewer#10335 date: Jun-26-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28/2.8
Minolta 50/3.5
Minolta 35-105 1st Gen.
Minolta 70-210 1st Gen.
price paid:
missing
positive:Size
Hood
Color
Sharpness
Fast AF
Good 35mm equivalent on aps-c
negative:
missing
comment:This is the lens i chose, when i take no others with me. The perfect walkaround-prime for Aps-c.
i think the tiny focus ring is pretty handy with the hood on!
reviewer#10281 date: Jun-9-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to: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
Sigma APO 300mm f4
Sony Zeiss 16-80mm f3,5-4,5
price paid:240 euro mint
positive:Well Built,Solid construction
Light and compact
Good colours
Outstanding sharpness and good DoF
Flare resistant
No distortion, very nice bokeh
Super fast focusing speed
Comes with bayonet hood
55mm filter thread
Internal focusing
Very compact
Wide aperture 2.8

36mm equivalent on digital

The one prime solution for travelling light
negative:For what it is, I can't think of a negative.
comment:Great light carry lens.
Partnered with a 50mm and 135mm, this functioned well for me as part of a walkabout prime set.
I wanted the 24mm for a bit of extra coverage. It covers most shooting situations, groups of friends indoors and outdoor shots of landmarks.
This is a forgotten lens because it is really an excellent performer!
I am very pleased about the results that it gave on last holidays.
Its focal length is ideal for group photos (group size 5~15).
It generates pleasing skin tone
Picture is razor sharp and the colours are rich.
Can get some nice 'close subject in the foreground, wide bokeh landscape in the background' shots.

The prime for city photo with 36mm on Digital.
If you're also shooting architecture and landscapes this is the lens you are looking for.
One of the best things about this lens is the flare control.
No flare or halos, totally flare resistant.
Very compact and solidly built and comes with 55mm filter thread just like the most Minolta lenses.
Use the top quality Skylight 1A filter for protection.
There is no vigneting at all unless you stack more filters.

Minolta 24mm f/2.8 is simply one of the sharpest in the Minolta line-up.
I highly recommend to get this lens either used or new.
I'm simply blown away by its performance and I'm sure you'll also.
reviewer#10277 date: Jun-8-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:CZ 24-70mm
M 28mm f2.8
S 35mm f1.8
price paid:£160
positive:Compact
Solid build
Sharp
negative:Tiny focus ring
Flare
comment:I was looking for a small light wide lens to use instead of my big heavy 24-70 and on a small budget. (24mm f2 SSM was way out of budget)

Sharp from f2.8 and much better build than the modern budget Sony primes. The tiny focus ring can make it sometimes difficult when using manual focus for stills or video.

Seems better than the 28mm f2.8 I had some years ago. For the price you can get these you can't go wrong.
reviewer#10137 date: Apr-22-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:0 EUR (mint)
positive:Compact, fast, sturdy.
negative:
missing
comment:Great lens, a neighbour gave me a 7000 with this lens on it as a random present since he knows I love cameras. I tested it on a friends Alpha200 and it worked beautifully.
reviewer#10126 date: Apr-17-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 28/2.8
Tamron 17-50/2.8
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness
Color rendition
Compact size
negative:I wish I had a full frame :)
comment:I was lucky to find a great copy with some small cosmetic defects. I love this lens, though I've not had too much experience shooting with it yet. It's pretty sharp wide open and gets even better stopped down a bit. The color rendition is gorgeous and I prefer it in every way to my Minolta 28/2.8.

Time will tell if this can compete with my Tamron 17-50, which is sharp and I love the extra range on the wide end... but shooting an old, quality prime just feels so right.
reviewer#9634 date: Nov-27-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28mm F2.8
price paid:USD 310
positive:Sharp, Minolta Colour, light and convenient.
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#9240 date: Jul-17-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28 f1.8 EX DG
Minolta 24-85
price paid:156 GBP (mint)
positive:Sharpness whe stopped down a touch,
Colours
Size and weight
negative:Sharpness below f4
Flare - fitted rubber hood to my copy
comment:Nice lens, but disapponting below f4.

Sharper than the Sigma at all comparable apertures.

Needs effective hood.

Surprisingly (but not if you look at MTF ratings) the 24 mm end of the 24-85 equals it from f5.6 upwards.
reviewer#9225 date: Jul-10-2011
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:Sony SAL 18-250
price paid:250 USD (ebay)
positive:Everything
negative:Focus can hunt or fail occasionally for low contrast shots - not to the point of being a problem

The focus ring could have been a little larger.
comment:I picked a copy on Ebay and I am very happy I did. It gives sharp images right from wide open, even though the depth of field is small enough at f/2.8 to make it look not so, for some subjects. Colours are pleasing and accurate. Free of distortion, which is noticeable for my all-in-one zoom (18-250) at 24 mm, as expected. It also makes the skies slighly more blue (my personal feeling, not a precise measurement) than 18-250, which is a big plus for tropical (harsh sunlight) and often hazy/overcast Singapore. I believe this lens deserves more than 4.6 (current review score), so I give it 4.8. Built-wise, the lens is light, made out of good hard plastic except for the mount, which is metal - this is a positive. It is convenient to tote for long walks and can serve as walk-about glass nicely on APS-C bodies, @ 36 mm 35-mm equivalent. This lens has very slighly rounded shape and it looks cute even if a bit small on my A300. I shot with it under the scorching tropical noon sun without a hood and there was no flare to speak of. Autofocus is usually fast but it occasiobally hunts or fails to focus for some low-contrast subjects, which is a common issue for many lenses - not to the point of being a problem. Shooting at infinity focus with this glass is just great. Overall, an excellent performer for its price.
reviewer#8931 date: Apr-16-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 28/2.8
price paid:300 CAD
positive:colour
sharpness
negative:nothing major for my uses (ymmv)
comment:This is one of my 3 favorite lenses to use (the others are the 50/1.7 and Tamron 90/2.8). In my mind, it's noticeably better than the 28/2.8 in terms of colour and sharpness, but it is a more expensive lens.
reviewer#8882 date: Apr-7-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:28-135mm Min
12-24mm Sigma
Tokina 20-35mm
price paid:120
positive:Colour and sharpness
Portability
negative:slightly underwhelmed by it
comment:This lens is very good, there's nothing wrong with the way it works and can suit FF very well as a standard wide angle.

However I felt it lacked the overall brilliance to justify having this lens + a UWA sigma 12-24mm + a Tamron 28-75 f2.8. I only felt that I needed it a couple of times because it offered little that I didn't have with these two lenses. Pleased with the results but not enough.
reviewer#8836 date: Mar-27-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Vario-Sonnar T*
- Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T*
price paid:
missing
positive:- very good resolution once stopped down a little
- compact
negative:- not very flare resistant
comment:
missing
reviewer#8832 date: Mar-26-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MAF 17-35/2.8-4 (FF), MAF 28/2.8, sigma 10-20 (aps-c)
price paid:250 USD (used)
positive:Small distorsion,
very good colors,
very good sharpness
negative:vignetting wide open,
rare and difficult to find
comment:Far better lens than 17-35D on FF. No distortions, CA not visible. It is also optically better than MAF 28/2.8. At F2.8 strong vignette and lack of sharpness in the corners (but still sharp on the edges and in the center). At F8 everything is OK.
reviewer#8821 date: Mar-22-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M 20 2.8 RS, M 17-34 2.8-4.0
price paid:250 USD (second hand)
positive:Nice colours,
Outstanding sharpness,
Very fast AF
negative:Flare control problems
comment:A very powerful lens. Even on APS-C one gets a nice, sharp, wide enough shooting tool. I love night shooting with the lens, even with F 2.8. Noticably sharper then M 20 2.8 RS. Especially knocking down on the friend's A900. Sometimes gets flare problems, which are, by the way, acceptable.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 99
  • sharpness: 4.52
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.82
  • distortion: 4.63
  • flare control: 4.23
  • overall: 4.60

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