Minolta AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 D A-mount lens review by GlassEye
|GlassEye#11858 date: Jun-6-2014|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 16-50 f/2.8|
Minolta 24mm f/2.8
Tamron 90mm macro
Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Sony 50mm f1.8 SAM
|price paid:||280 USD used|
|positive:||Mostly sharp (see comments).|
Good range for day to day use.
Feels good in hand and on camera, small size makes it a great 'walk around' lens.
Reasonable maximum aperture.
|negative:||Old design. Not as contrasty or 'snappy' as more modern designs.|
24mm is a bit long for some things.
Not as sharp zoomed out to 105mm.
|comment:||I like this lens! It is compact and comfortable to carry and use. It seems fairly sharp open and by f/5.6 it sharpens up real well. Zoomed all the way to 105mm things get a bit soft at all apertures. If not for this I would have rated it a 4.5 for sharpness. Generally, any deficiencies can be corrected in post. Sharpen a bit, add some contrast, and the images are very good.|
The build is fine. The only problem I've had ist the zoom ring. It became so loose that I had to make a replacement from a leather strip. There is a bit of mass to this, but comfortably so. The zoom and focus rings are smooth throughout the range. Auto focus is quick and accurate. A keeper!