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

reviewer#11986 date: Sep-19-2014
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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:The Zeiss Fe 55 1.8 is another league. The 28-105 rs is a little better before 5.6 and at 105
price paid:150 euro
positive:Small, compact, sharp from 24 to 85 from f 5.6, very useful range on ff, good colors
negative:Not sharp at all at 105 (also f8) and on intere range under 5.6; this is more significant when the focus is far, from 20 meters to infinity. At 24mm heavy distortion and heavy vignetting (can be corrected by software)
comment:Maybe my copy is a lemon, but it seems never sharp at 105. I use it with the A7r and the le-a4 adapter. Autofocus is normally fast. Maybe the 36 mpix sensor exceed the lens qualities. I spoke with the importer of Konica - minolta in Italy and i Told me that this lens ha problems with sony software; over 70mm is not able to find the focus. So is Sharp also At 105, but the real issue is focus. Maybe the sony version is better.

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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