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

reviewer#11348 date: Sep-24-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:£80
positive:Excellent zoom range on film / ff
negative:Extremely soft wide open
Distortion at 24mm
comment:This is my first Minolta lens and it's a good lens as long as you are aware of it's limitations. Particularly at it's widest setting it is so soft as to be unusable. Wide open at 24mm I can't even print at 6x4. It's still unacceptable at f4.5 and only becomes useable at f5.6. The tele end is not as bad but this is a lens you want to keep stopped down. Perhaps my copy is really bad. Having said that it's a good walk about lens covering most situations well.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 109
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.51
  • build: 4.12
  • distortion: 4.15
  • flare control: 4.24
  • overall: 4.25
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