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

reviewer#10355 date: Jul-3-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 24-85
minolta 24-105
minolta 35-70
price paid:100 GBP mint
positive:sharp wide open throughout the range.
Minolta colour
Negligible distortion
General IQ - excellent
negative:Range
Needs hood to control flare
comment:Very sharp above f5.6 but the 35-70 f4 is sharper below f5.6.

Superior colour rendition to the 24-105, but similar to the 24-85 (original version).

The IQ is prime like above f5.6 with no noticeable distortion and sharp edges and corners. Considering it covers 4 major focal lengths (24, 28, 35 & 50), for the price a no-brainer if you don't need the larger apertures below f4.

Highly recommended.

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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