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

reviewer#2801 date: Sep-29-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:18-70/3.5-5.6
35-70/4
28-85/3.5-4.5
price paid:175$ (used, 2007)
positive:Good range and speed
good af speed
relatively small
sharp 24-70 mm
negative:slightly soft at 70-85mm when wide open
odd bokeh
comment:After reading good reviews here, I decided to replace my trusted 28-85/3.5-4.5 with this one. Lens I got looks like new. Build quality is better than I expected, zooming works fine, lens does not zoom in/out when in vertical position. Distortions at 24mm are not as bad as I expected, Actually, my old 28-85 distorts more at 28mm than this lens at 24mm

Sharpness is good at all focal lengths and apertures, except 70-85 range wide open - you will notice "dreamy" bokeh CA. At F6.3 it is good again. Lens is extremely sharp from F7.1 Regular CAs are almost non existent for this lens. Colors are saturated and contrast is high.

After all I wrote here, I have to admit, that I still use 28-85 more often - it's not that sharp, but it has better bokeh, images looks like from beercan.

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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