Minolta AF 24-50mm F4 A-mount lens review by Manuag_86

reviewer#11573 date: Jan-1-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 AF 50 f1.7
Minolta AF 24-50 f4.0
Minolta AF 28-135 f4-4.5
Sony 18-135 f3.5-5.6
Konica Minolta 11-18 f4.5-5.6
price paid:89€
positive:Lightness, size, build
Amazing colors
Good distortion
Sharpness at center
negative:Not good sharpenss performance at corners
Not a useful range on a APSC
comment:Bought this lens to replace may fixed focal Minolta lenses (28mm f2.8,50 mm f1.7) and get an extra 4mm at the wide end.

Very good lens, fast autofocus and really silent for a mid 80´s zoom. Really light and well built, small but smooth ring focus and a good rubber zoom ring.

The thing that I appreciate the most of this lens is its beautiful color rendering, amazing, better than anything I saw before, the reason why I used it even more than my sony 18-135.

Sharpness at centers is good, but corners performance is worse, specially compared to the sony or the minolta 28-135, but takes a really good pictures.

I love this lens, I used it for panorama pictures since at 28mm has a decent sharpness and no distortion at all. If you can get it at a reasonably price (90-120€) I´ll buit without any doubt, it must be great on a FF camera.

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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