Minolta AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 D A-mount lens review by PhotoTraveler
|PhotoTraveler#247 date: Nov-28-2005|
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|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|compared to:||28-100 D, 100-300 APO D (sister lens to this one)|
|positive:||Great range, Solid Build, Compact, great quality|
|negative:||It is a bit heavy for it's size, wish it was a bit faster|
|comment:||I bought this lens to replace my 28-100. I must say it's been a great lens. Its range works well with the 7D, and for 100-300 owners it is a perfect fit for ones lineup.|
Its range isn't so far that quality falls off, though its not that great on the long end. But on the plus it covers a great enough range you don't find yourself going from full wide, to full long and never stopping in the middle. The 24mm end is nice to get you some wide back after what the 1.5x crops steals from you on a 5D or 7D.
The build of the lens is very good. Its right there with KMs other mid-grade lenses. Its not a G lens, but for what it cost it's not bad at all. Things like non rotating filter are nice. The focus ring feels a bit weird, like you are turning some gear drive, not a bad thing, just different.
If there was one issue with the lens, it's that it's not very fast, only a 3.5 and it drops down to a 4.0 very quickly. If you really need a fast lens, look for the 28-75 D.
I've gone a weekend and almost only used this lens. Its range covers most needs so if you want to go for that quick walk around some trail or similar and not carry a bunch of lenses, only carry a tripod with you for extra gear its great.
Compared to the 28-100, this lens makes the 28-100 look like a turd (of course for 5 times the cost you expect that). Its much sharper and much better build.
If your on the fence about this lens verse the 28-75 D, it's not a bad trade off. You might not use the long end much, but those extra 4mm on the wide are very nice to have.