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

reviewer#3921 date: Aug-3-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:18-125mm Sigma
24-105mm Konica Minolta
price paid:$200 (new)
positive:Superb colour
Sharpness
Consistent optical performance
Fast focusing
Low distortion on APS-C
Low CA's
negative:Not very wide on APS-C
Heavy
comment:This lens is classic Minolta glass which gives it superb colour rendition. It's optical performance is very consistent, with no "bad spots" in aperture or focal length combinations. Wide open it is slightly soft, but stopped down to f/5.6 it is very sharp at all focal lengths corner to corner. All in all a very competent lens. It is my favored zoom lens right now for my Sony a700 DSLR until I buy something more suitable for the APS-C size sensor that is just as sharp. My 18-125mm Sigma does not compare well to this lens for colour or sharpness, but I use it when I absolutely need the focal length range. I sold my 24-105mm KM lens as the 24-85mm has better optical quality and less distortion. If you can live with the limited wide end on an APS-C sensor then it is an excellent lens choice.

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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