Minolta AF 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 RS A-mount lens review by armirail

reviewer#11324 date: Aug-31-2013
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:Sony 16-35mm ZA
Sigma 12-24mm II
DT 16-80
price paid:260
positive:- amazing sharpness when stopped down, sharper than Zeiss 16-35, both at 24/35mm f8
- perfect small size and light
- price
negative:- soft wide open (especially in corners, but generally across the frame
- flare (night photography)
comment:This is an awesome lens, even if it would cost more. The performance to price ratio is just amazing if you dont need anything below f5.6. it is sharper than other lenses tested at f8 and the respective focal length. The sizes makes it a perfect walk around lens to carry on your FF frame DSLR/SLT all day long.

Only to issues I have with it are that it cant really be used wide open and the way it handles flare in night photography. Other than that this lens is perfect on my A99.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 53
  • sharpness: 4.41
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.34
  • distortion: 4.19
  • flare control: 4.11
  • overall: 4.35
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