Minolta AF 24-50mm F4 A-mount lens review by Bahudda

reviewer#10202 date: May-15-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Sony CZ 24-70mm f2.8 SSM
MinOolta28-105mm f3.5-4.5 RS
Tokina 28-70mm f2.8
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
price paid:
positive:Small, light and well built
Great color and contrast
negative:Distorts at the wide end and overall range
comment:Surprisingly similar to the 28-105 RS but with ever so slightly richer color. Holds it's own against all the above except the Zeiss. This lens performs really well under real world shooting circumstances. I have been wanting this lens for a while and was fortunate enough to catch this and the 28-105 RS at the same time with the intent of only keeping one. Well, I'm keeping both - LOVE them!

I would whole heartedly recommend this lens - the Best Kept Secret!

Update: I have been using this lens primarily for landscape and the more I use it the more I love it! It has the best rendering among all the above mentioned lenses. To me it give shape where others look relatively flat. The color is so close to the Beercan f4 that I pair them up when I go shooting. Absolutely no regrets!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 51
  • sharpness: 4.36
  • color: 4.84
  • build: 4.55
  • distortion: 4.39
  • flare control: 3.82
  • overall: 4.39
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