Minolta AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 D A-mount lens review by Dinostrich
|Dinostrich#2582 date: Jul-26-2007|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||28-80 3.5/5.6 D|
35-70 ( Macro ) 4
70-210 f4 beercan
75-300 4.5/5.6 D
|positive:||Good range for everyday use|
Sharp through most of range
Colour at usual quality
Flare not an issue
|negative:||Build quality questionable|
Hood very fiddly
|comment:||The build quality is not up to the standard one usually gets from Minolta. The lens hood is a real p.i.t.a to fit/remove/reverse quickly & the location markers are so small as to be indistinct. I take great care using this lens as I feel certain that it will get "barrel wobble" as it ages.|
There is some distortion at and around 24mm but that is par for the course when this wide ( better than most ? ) so not to be knocked on this score. There is also the possibilty of vignetting when used wide, especially with a circular polariser on but again par for the course( am looking for a recessed Minolta version ) and never stack filters on it - took a couple of shots to see and did not like what I saw.
Not had a problem with flare as far as I can see.
This may all sound a bit negative but for what it is - a walk around everyday lens with good range - it is a very useful and worthwhile lens which will do a good job for that purpose.
If your camera supports the D ( ADI ) function it makes the use of flash a doddle and is highly beneficial for indoor use when shooting "on the quick".