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

reviewer#377 date: Jan-3-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:CZ 16-80, Minolta 70-210 f4
price paid:349 USD (new)
positive:Good mid-range zoom
Very sharp in all the shots I have taken
negative:Focus ocasionally hunts when shooting in very low light, otherwise the focus is pretty good.
Seen ocasional flare on direct into the sun shots and some CA wide open.
Not super fast, but I typically stop down to f8 or lower to increase DOF
comment:This lens works really well for me. The range covers most of the shooting situations that I am interested in - mostly landscapes and cityscapes.
Have some samples posted at 24-105 sample gallery.
Also ran a series of test shots (center and edge) at f4, f8, f16 and at 24mm, 50mm and 105mm at 24-105 test gallery.

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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