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

reviewer#4122 date: Sep-22-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 HS G
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
price paid:125 USD
fast AF
filter size
fixed front element
sharp on wide
great color
great contrast
3.5 MTF
negative:none to speak of
comment:This lens is a great performer for what I use it for. Mine doesn’t wobble in any way. I don't get into situations where CA is a problem, or flare for that matter; however this lens is much better for flare than the 1st version. The colors are dreamy and the sharpness and contrast are excellent for the price. Actually from F7.1 the sharpness is matched by few zooms of any price. It is lighter than my 28-135 by a long shot and also offers great ability. It trounces the 18-70 kit lens and is well balanced on the camera. It received a 3.5 MTF rating from a well respected site, which rated the KM 28-70 G a 3.7. It has great performance for the price.

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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