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

reviewer#1842 date: Feb-16-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 17-70DT (Kitlens)
Minolta 35-70 3.5/4.5 (Plastic Fantastic)
Minolta 35-105 3.5/4.5
Minolta 70-210 4 (Beercan)
price paid:$220(US) little use
positive:Absolutely Great Range (Look at Comparison Group!)
Nice Build (Feels good too!)
Looks awesome (And people tell you!)
Handles Well on 5D (Doesn't flip cam down!)
Fast Focuser
Non-Rotating front element.
Not THAT heavy.
Works Fine on Older Maxxums (7000i)
negative:Hood not that good on cropped sensor.
Seems to require more effort to get sharp shots.
Hood rests on surface when put down and pushes up on internal barrel.
A LITTLE heavy for it's size (maybe positive!).
comment:I really like it. Gives me back the wide range I lost on my 35-105 when going digital. This is at least as good and usually better at the same ranges as the comparison lenses. Stays a little faster than the 35-70 and 35-105 at the same f/l. Has great color. From 70-105 the Beercan is certainly sharper but I didn't have to change lens to shoot that range!

This is an awesome walkaround lens due to the range. Great for indoor situations for the same reason. Of course it isn't as fast as the 2.8 stuff.

A perfect match for my SIGMA EF-500 DG Super as the zoom ranges conincide very well. I plan on using this combo as my indoor event shooter.

(3/9/2007 I've updated my sharpmess and build ratings for this lens. Now having used this at both banquest style and intimate indoor events I like it even more.)

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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