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

reviewer#2871 date: Oct-26-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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:135 f2.8
50 f1.7
35-40 f4
28-75 f2.8
24 f2.8
price paid:200€ (USED)
positive:Great range
Good build
Very good at 24 mm
Low distorsion
negative:Soft before f/5.6 at 35-85 mm
Odd bokeh
Not a D-lens (flash)
comment:I have been using this lens for 3 years.
I don't use the 85mm position for portrait anymore because of the bokeh which is not fine (correct for a zoom but so far from my wonderful prime 135 f2.8)
This lmens is quite weak before f/5.6, but nothing to claim about. The center is always very good whereas corners sometimes "fly away", even stopped down at 24mm.
Very decent build anyway.
Flare control is good (+hood well done).
Just sold (110€) to by the 24 prime + 28-75

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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