Minolta AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 D A-mount lens review by whisperer
|whisperer#11253 date: Jul-16-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 28mm 2.0|
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Sony 50mm 1.7
Minolta 85mm 1.4 G
Sony 70-300 G
|price paid:||120GBP (used)|
|positive:||Central sharpness on all apertures after closing 1 f.stop|
Very versatile range on FF
Light and compact
Color fringing wide open
|comment:||The lens is not bad if you know how to use it. It's cheap (2nd hand), small, light, great zoom range.|
Center is sharp at f4.5 (24mm) or f8 (120mm).
When stopped down (f8-f11) the corners will sharpen and vignetting almost disappear. In fact I think this lens is very sharp at these apertures.
Problem with stopping down, any dust on the sensor (or even semi translucent surface of the A99) will be visible.
I personally like the colors. They seem very much the same as the 28mm 2.0 and the 70-300mm G, which are regarded as having great "minolta" colors.
Usually my question is whether to take the Tamron 28-75 2.8 or Minoltas 24-105 + 50mm 1.7. The Minoltas will have better colors, better zoom range, better bokeh (50mm 1.7) and in total will cost less than the Tamron.