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

reviewer#3441 date: Apr-7-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-70 (Kit)
Sony DT 18-250mm
Minolta 75-300mm (D)
price paid:320 CHF
positive:- AF fast
- Good at low light
- D Lense
- small size
negative:- Zoom ring
- Focus ring
comment:I think this lense is underrated. The lense has a fast auto focus and it delivers excellent IQ. I have done approx. 1500 fotos in the past two month since i own an Alpha and this lense. I haven't noticed to much weakness.

I have done tests on all lenses at 24mm / 50mm / 70mm, indoors with a test sheet. Focus and colot test. the IQ was truly excellent.

I am able too make candle light shots, handheld with my Alpha 100 and Alpha 200, at ISO 400. I am unable to do it with the SAL-18250

The focus ring is some movement. I don't know if this is only mine or if it is every 24-105 (D).

I use the fotos to make printout on 9x13, 10x15 and DIN A4 format, as well as watch them on screen.

I am keeping the lense for now although i have the SAL-18250 which has a better range.

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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