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

reviewer#46894 date: Nov-5-2022
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 24mm f2.8
Minolta 35mm f2
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Minolta 35-70 f4
price paid:£70
Well built
Good focal range
Sharp when at f8-f11
negative:None so far
comment:Tried out this lens yesterday for the first time and was suitably impressed straight away. My copy was in particularly good condition and zoom is very smooth.
I decided to compare to my primes and did some test shots at f4 on all of them and at f11, which is the midpoint for all their apertures. At f4, the 24-50 was noticeably softer in the corners, but only at 100%. On an A4 size there was no discernible difference. At the smaller f11 aperture, this lens produces some very sharp results and it was hard to tell the difference between primes and zoom.
When compared to the smaller 35-70 f4, I would say that the 24-50 is better at all apertures and the only loss is the 50-70 range. This equates to about three paces, so I can live with that.
A great all round everyday little lens that is fast becoming a favourite on my A99. I would not bother using it on an APSC body, as there are better lenses available.
There does not seem to be many of these lenses on the market. Maybe there were not so many made, or owners want to keep them.

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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