Minolta AF 24-50mm F4 A-mount lens review by awa54

reviewer#44061 date: May-14-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Min 24mm 2.8 RS
Min 24-85mm 3.5-4.5
Sigma 24mm 2.8 SWII
Min 24-50mm 4 RS
price paid:$60USD
positive:sharp centers
very little linear distortion
useful, if limited range on both APS and FF
decent MFD
vignetting not obvious in images even on FF
negative:softer at long end
corners never fully sharpen on FF (sharpness 4 for FF reference)
bokeh can be busy
comment:The "old" version of this lens performs the same as the restyled version in my experience.
On APS-C the edges and corners are sharper than on FF, though linear distortion seems very similar. In both formats there is a bit of C/A at the edges of images, but not obvious unless you're pixel peeping.

Compared to the 24-85 it has better sharpness (except at the outer edges), much less linear distortion and less vignetting, the range is significantly more limited, but the size is *much* smaller in exchange.

Compared to the Minolta prime the most obvious difference is the edge and corner sharpness (better in the prime), though the 24mm 2.8 has slight gains over the zoom in all areas.

My original type version of this lens seems to be a bit better built than the RS version, this might just be sample variation, but the RS example I own has a bit of front element group play.

The best hood to fit this lens is a home-made one; if you take a 55mm clip on hood from one of the telephoto zooms and then cut/sand it down until there is no vignetting it will perform noticeably better than the original Minolta hood.

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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