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

reviewer#1212 date: Sep-22-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:- 35/1.4
- 35/2
- 28/2
- 28/2.8
- etc
price paid:125usd (as new)
positive:- size and weight
- colours
- sharpness
- decent range
- decent AF (internal focus)
negative:- CA in some conditions
- zoom creep
- a little 'tolerance' in the focus ring
- zoom bokeh
comment:A really nice all-rounder with few compromises. What I look for in a lens is the ability to use it without having to think too hard about its limitations. This lens can be used at full aperture at all focal lengths without sacrificing much in the way of sharpness. Colours are actually wonderful, and I have had no problems with flare.

Compromises are bokeh and CA af full apertures (colour rating of 3 because of CA). The focus ring also has a little 'play' or 'tolerance' that can make MF just a little difficult (but I am a stickler for build quality...this lens sits next to my Takumar collection!).

It's also a great deal at current prices.

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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