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

reviewer#9731 date: Dec-30-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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:
price paid:95 EUR (used)
positive:small and light
well build
really good Minolta colors
perfect range for both APS-C and full-frame
pretty much doesnt flare
negative:bit of CA in corners
visible distortion even on APS-C
comment:Ive chosen this lens for my KM7D as "kit" lens, cause it mimics 35-70mm f4 range (its actually 36-75mm equiv on APS-C). And cause its small plus it has constant aperture.

Its nice lens, quite cheap, works well on full-frame film or digital or on APS-C. I like its colors and as most of f4 constant series, it has quite strong "Minolta" character.

Performace is very good straight from wide-open. Its better (at least my sample) at 50mm than at 24mm. From f5,6 to f13 is really sharp. f16 is where diffraction kicks in, so only emergency use (anyway DOF of f13 on APS-C is like f20 on full-frame and you hardly could need more).

Even stopping down to f4,5 helps, so if you want constantly sharp photos, simply take it as f4,5 lens and you will be happy with results.

Definitely recommanded if you want cheap wide-angle zoom for full-frame or "normal" zoom for APS-C. If you dont mind its f4 only.

Edit: Turned down sharpness rating. Its nicely sharp in center at f4, but corners need a bit more. Corrected my distortion rating. It has a lot of distortion even on APS-C, which means it will be pretty nasty on FF too. Tho distortion seem as simple kind, so Photoshop or similar software will take care of it.

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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