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

reviewer#44337 date: Jul-18-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:Minolta 28-105mm 3.5-4.5
Sony 16-80mm on aps-c
price paid:100 E
positive:good range on FF
lightweight and compact
OK sharpness stopped down
negative:vignetting at 24mm
stiff zoom at tele end
sharpness not great at wide open
comment:When I switched from aps-c to FF earlier this year, I initially got Minolta 28-105 mm as a walk-around zoom. While the 28-105 is marginally better in every aspect (except for size and weight), not having the 24 mm focal length really bothered me. I therefore acquired the 24-105 mm and I am pretty happy with it, accepting its limitations (see negatives above).
The 16-80 mm for aps-c is in another league, that is one lens I regret...

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 109
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.51
  • build: 4.12
  • distortion: 4.14
  • flare control: 4.24
  • overall: 4.25
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