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

reviewer#8790 date: Mar-14-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 AF 35-70/4
Minolta AF 50/1.7
price paid:about 100 Euros
comment:This is one special lens because it has a very low contrast. Some might find the pictures taken with this lens to be flat and boring because they are not that vibrant but in low light situations it really shines. The reduced contrast acts like a built-in DRO (without the noise!) so you can still make out details in darker parts of the picture. Constant F4 but not that sharp at 50mm, best performance from 24 to 35mm. On APS-C you sometimes want it to be a 20-50mm, especially when doing street and building photography. Build quality is okay, but many Minolta lenses from that generation are better in this aspect, feels a bit cheap compared to 35-70/4. I would not use this as my primary lens for that range but if pictures come out very dark with other lenses you might give this one a try.

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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