Minolta AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 D A-mount lens review by brian33

reviewer#11334 date: Sep-10-2013
sharpness: 2.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 2
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:All primes at those focal lengths; CZ16-80 (comparable focal length on aps-c)
price paid:240 EUR (old)
positive:Very small and light
negative:Significant vignetting
Significant distortion at most focal lengths
Very soft wide open
Corners never really do get sharp, even when stopped down
comment:The lens is worth maybe 100 euros so I way overpaid for it. I guess I was a little naive: I thought, cool, look at how small and light that thing is! But it's just a dog of a lens. It really takes the a99 and some heavy handed post-processing to make up for its flaws. Even when it sharpens up stopped down the images never really pop and as I mention the corners never really get sharp. Not that corners are the most important thing in the world but they count sometimes for some photos and this lens is so soft in the corners they can't even be salvaged by savvy post-processing. The colors are nice though, I'll give it that. I would almost say: perhaps this lens would be OK on film but then the distortion is horrible and that's one thing you can't fix so easily on film. I know that that would drive me nuts, I like for nice, straight lines in my photos and this lens won't give you a straight line.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 109
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.51
  • build: 4.12
  • distortion: 4.14
  • flare control: 4.24
  • overall: 4.25
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