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

reviewer#7170 date: Mar-27-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 AF24-85
Minolta AF24-105D
Minolta AF28-135
Minolta AF35-70 F4
Tokina AF20-35 Pro
price paid:
positive:Compact and light
Colour and contrast
Nice IQ
Constant F4
negative:Not for "pixelpeepers"
Range limited
comment:Great little walk-around lens - very compact and light.

Nice pictures with good colour and contrast as well as appealing "feeling" in the pictures. Sharpness maybe not perfect when "pixelpeeping", but who cares - the important thing is that the pictures comes out very nice and feels sharp due to the colour and contrast.

Stopped down a little this lens delivers. Very good for outdoor shooting.

The range is of cause lesser than its brothers/sisters (going to 85mm and 105mm), but this one is smaller/lighter.
Performance otherwise is about same in this family. Pro's and Con's are also the same.

My original plan was to use this lens to fill a slight gab between my Sigma AF10-20 and Minolta AF28-135, but in real life I tend to use the Tokina AF20-35 F2.8 Pro even though it is much larger and much heavier. So I'll probably sell the Minolta AF24-50 F4 as it really deserves to be used much more than I do as the pictures come out very nicely.

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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