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

reviewer#1492 date: Nov-28-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
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. :)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 108
  • sharpness: 4.24
  • color: 4.51
  • build: 4.12
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 4.24
  • overall: 4.25
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