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

reviewer#11879 date: Jun-24-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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 18-55
Sony 35 SAM
Minolta 35-70 F4
Minolta 28-135
Minolta Macro 50 2.8
price paid:80 USD used
positive:Small and compact
Excellent range on film
Constant F4
Close focusing at a little over a foot
negative:Distortions across the board, particularly noticeable on the wide end, peters out 35 and onwards.
Impossible to find hood, alternatives on APS-C.
Beware of the Flare.
As with all vintage lens, CA.
comment:This is my goto lens on both film and APS-C digital, it's small and it's got a pretty good zoom range on both. While often compared to as the weaker brother to the 35-70, it does have quite a few advantages over it's cheaper more popular brethren.

* Closer focusing: The 24-50 can get close, prime close. Starting in at a little over a foot, the 35-70 on the other hand needs 3x the distance.

* Common 55 thread: This thread size is shared by several consumer grade lens both vintage and new, makes switching filters a pinch.

I was never able to find a proper hood for it on film but luckily any generic screw on or the 100-300 APO hood work perfectly.

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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