Minolta AF 24-50mm F4 A-mount lens review by Mescalamba
|Mescalamba#9731 date: Dec-30-2011|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||95 EUR (used)|
|positive:||small and light|
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.