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

reviewer#11494 date: Nov-22-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sigma 18-50
Sony 18-55
Carl Zeiss 16-80
price paid:120 USD (used)
positive:Well this is an amazing lens, I must say. Very well build, very solid feel, fast focus, very, very sharp I must say. This lens is so sharp as the Carl Zeiss. I have bought. It's a bargain when related with it's quality.
This lens have a nice focal range. It's a walk around lens. And does the job very, very well.
Colours! Everytime I ear about Minolta lenses, the colours are always a strong point. Guess what, that's true! There is some smooth and creamy effect in the shots. That's hard to explain, but the shots came with a very pleasing colours.

Definitely a "must have" lens. You won't regret that's a sure!
negative:It is not a negative point but something to consider:
Aperture 3.5 to 4.5;
The bokkeh it's a little bit hard. It's a question to try. In some occasions feels nice and distinguish but in general shooting the bokkeh is not so smooth as the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm.
If you like landscapes, 24mm may not be wider enough but I shoot landscapes with it very often. But sometimes it misses the all scene.
comment:I bought my lens from a eBay Japanese shop. The lens came just like new. Amazing condition. I'm very happy with it. I just can say for the price you pay, you get a stunning lens. It will last long. It will take great shots, and will travel a lot because it is a very versatile lens.
If you find a good copy of this lens, get it right away!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 54
  • sharpness: 4.41
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.20
  • flare control: 4.11
  • overall: 4.35
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