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

reviewer#9555 date: Nov-1-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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:CZ 16-80
price paid:
positive:nice range on aps-c
great colors
good sharpness in center of frame
good mfd
negative:sharpness at 50mm
harsh bokeh wide open
some focus hunting
comment:Bought this lens on a whim - the range is nice on aps-c, size is compact, fits perfectly with a33/a55. The minimum focus distance is good compared to other lenses of its generation (35-70,35-105,28-135...) , making it more versatile. Colors are nicely saturated, contrast is good. Sharpness is good except at 50 mm where the lens needs to be stopped down to f8-f11, and even then , some blurriness remains in the corners. One really notices the radial increase of aberrations away from the image center - and this on a cropped sensor, which does not bode well for corner image quality on full frame.
The bokeh is somewhat harsh wide open, highlights are outlined, but this improves significantly upon stopping down.
Overall, a decent little lens for apsc, but it is no match compared to recent lenses except in the color + contrast department, where it shines.

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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