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

reviewer#1524 date: Dec-8-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
price paid:
positive:Sharp all the way to the corners. Superb build quality. High contrast.
comment:A search of available tests (particularly in fotoMagazine, which gives it the coveted Super rating) convinced me this is the best zoom with 24mm at the wide end. I decided on it, THEN bought a Maxxum 7, for a trip to Italy in November 2005. The camera and lens were stolen in Naples. But I never forgot the test images I'd taken back home. When I bought an A100 (my first digital SLR) I bought the 24-105mm lens as the first step. Of course on digital it is not as wide, so I also now use the 16mm fisheye.

I don't understand why this forum includes a rating for lens color. Mostly, we look at our images on a monitor; we cannot objectively rate the color characteristics of the lens. So I have rated color as 5.

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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