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

reviewer#9115 date: Jun-9-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Sigma AF 17-70mm F/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5
Sigma AF 24-70mm F/2.8 EX DG
Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8
Minolta AF 24-105mm (D)
Minolta/Tamron AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4
Sony/Minolta AF 18-70mm DT
Sony AF 18-50mm DT
Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 Macro
price paid:£47.00 (used)
positive:Close MFD
Excellent colour rendition
Decent sharpness (needs stopping down to improve)
Weight (light)
WA capability
Smooth bokeh
negative:Image quality (IQ) unless stopped-down.
Minimal lens hood protection for flare control
Not best suited for APS-C bodies
comment:Since moving to FF from the A700, I wanted a short MFD wide-angle (WA) lens, and this lens can produce excellent results after making some adjustments.

It's light and pretty sharp though soft on the edges thus the lens needs to be stopped-down for improved sharpness and image quality (IQ) and the colour rendition is classic Minolta and the bokeh is buttery smooth.

Flare control isn't the best due to the small OEM lens hood much like that for the Min AF 35-70/4 Macro.

It's a half decent lens, but the focal range is a bit odd and you might want to consider the Min AF 24-105mm (D) as it has a more versatile focal range, though the Min 24-50/4 can be used for various purposes which includes walkaround or for wide-angle (WA) use, though wider aperture lens options under 24mm are limited and apart from one Minolta 17-35mm G lens, the rest are of entry-level quality. Quality full-frame WA lenses are very limited (more like non-existent) unlike their APS-C format cousins for which you're spoilt for choice and also produce far superior image quality (IQ) compared to those in full frame format.

Would I recommend it? Well, yes and no. There are other options even if you considered a Min AF 24/2.8 prime or a 24-105 (D) lens, but for it's physical weight, short minimum focal distance (MFD), focal range and image quality (once stopped down), it's almost in a unique section of it's own in which case the answer is yes.

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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