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

reviewer#11858 date: Jun-6-2014
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
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!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 104
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.51
  • build: 4.13
  • distortion: 4.15
  • flare control: 4.26
  • overall: 4.26
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