Minolta AF 24-50mm F4 A-mount lens review by Crickster
|Crickster#11879 date: Jun-24-2014|
flare control: 3
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 18-55|
Sony 35 SAM
Minolta 35-70 F4
Minolta Macro 50 2.8
|price paid:||80 USD used|
|positive:||Small and compact|
Excellent range on film
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.