Minolta AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 D A-mount lens review by bharnois
|bharnois#1842 date: Feb-16-2007|
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|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!)
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.)