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

reviewer#10923 date: Feb-16-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:* Zeiss 24mm f/2
* Minolta 35mm f/2
* Sony 50mm f/1.4
* Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8
* Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 (MinO)
* Minolta 70-210mm f/4 Beercan
price paid:89 USD
positive:* Very small - comparable to the Sony 50mm f/1.4 or Minolta 35mm f/2
* Classic Minolta colors
* Well built
* Quick to focus
* very little distortion
* very short MFD compared to other Minolta zooms from this era
* constant aperture throughout zoom range
negative:* only the center is sharp at f/4
* purple highlights in high-contrast shots
* hard to find at a reasonable price
* short zoom range is not terribly useful
comment:I've had bad luck finding a copy of the Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 that I was really happy with. I saw this lens on eBay for a reasonable price and figured I'd give it a shot. For the most part, I'm pretty happy with it. It's soft wide open (except in the center), but no worse than the Beercan. Like the Beercan, it has great color rendition and a nice, sturdy build. I'm surprised at how tiny the lens is.

This is a lens worth picking up, but only if you can find one at a reasonable price - say, $100 or less. Though I don't regret picking it up, I'm not sure how often I'll really use it. My Minolta 35mm f/2 falls right in the center of its zoom range, and is sharper at wide apertures. Still though, it's a nice lens.

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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