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

reviewer#9659 date: Dec-3-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:SAL18-55 f3.5-5.6
Minolta AF28-105 f3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta AF50 f1.7
price paid:233 USD
positive:-Constant f4
-So Shape (stepped down)
-Small & Light
-Quite good range even on APS-C
-55mm filter size
negative:-Even shorter than 18-55
-Secondhand price is about equal to the new Kit!
-Soft wide and tele open
-Funny hood (Still I don't have it)
-No macro switch
comment:This comment is made when I first test this lens only with a few (10-20) shots.

I got this lens with a OK price and wanna try it cause it's quite rare around here, in fact the price is not so much less than the 24-105D I aim for but that one has focus malfunction.

My 24-50 comes with a cheap-looked uv filter and causes flares when pointing at the sun but it disappears when I take it out, I'm a little surprised that this old lens still fights flare so well (or maybe not)

At f4 wide and tele end is quite soft and perhaps usable, I step to 4.5 and things get so shape as hell!

The price is too high in my opinion cause it's much much more expensive than 35-70 f4

And as for it short length, it makes me miss my old 28-105 RS

Anyway I'll still keep this one for awhile til I know what I should really own

24-50 is nice but not about its shortness cause that's why I got rid of the Kit 18-55!

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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