Minolta AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 D A-mount lens review by jakobdam
|jakobdam#1492 date: Nov-28-2006|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Konica Minolta 18-70mm (kit)|
Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO
Minolta 50mm f1.7
|price paid:||250 USD (used)|
|positive:||- Excellent color rendition|
- Excellent center sharpness at ALL apertures and focal lengths
- Excellent corner sharpness when stopped down, and used below 90mm
- Reliable autofocus (though see issues below)
- Internal focusing (wuhu, no rotating front element)
|negative:||- When flowerhood is mounted for carrying, it makes it difficult to handle manual focus ring|
- Auto focus can hunt in low contrast, more than e.g. the kit 18-70mm lens
- Zoom is not as smooth as on the 18-70mm kit lens, but still better than on the Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO
|comment:||I was vastly impressed when I began testing this lens, after I received it.|
Center looks razorsharp at (almost) all focal lenghts and all apertures, and even the prime (Minolta 50mm f1.7) couldn't beat it here.
When looking at edge sharpness, you will notice a drop in sharpness - especially at f3.5 at 35mm. Stepping the aperture a bit down performs miracles, though.
Above 90mm, it generally becomes a tad softer overall. Not much, and I definitely am not afraid to use this lens at 105mm.
Colors and contrasts looks extremely nice.
I'd gladly rate this lens as "Highly recommended", to use DPReview terms. :)