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

reviewer#4470 date: Dec-4-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF24-105D F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF28-85 Macro
Minolta AF28-135 F4-4.5
Sigma AF18-200 DC
price paid:
positive:Reasonable zoom range also on APS-C
Build quality
Full Frame
Autofocus speed
negative:Not ADI compatible
comment:The Minolta AF24-85RS F3.5-4.5 is on par with new "digital" designed carry-around lenses, but I find the colors better on this one. The zoom range is also good on APS-C, and nice to know that it can be used on a FF camera, just in case.

Only minor disadvantage is that this lens is not ADI compatible. However, I have never really experienced noticable difference between ADI and non-ADI lenses by flash shooting.

I only sold this lens as I bought a Minolta AF24-105D instead.

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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