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

reviewer#4491 date: Dec-7-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:24-105, 35-70/4, 18-70, 50/1.7, 50/1.4, 50/1.4RS, 58/1.2, 50/1.2
price paid:55gbp
positive:+As sharp as they get when you stop it down
+Good contrast
+Punchy colour
+Great build quality/feel
+Quick focus
+Great range
negative:-Colours can be too rich at times
-Flare control, especially when shooting into the sun, can be very hard to manage
-Distortion on Film/FF is very noticeable with some subjects, though I never noticed it at all on APS-C
-Bokeh CAN be odd, but generally still good. In the right lighting, this can produce very smooth, creamy bokeh. In the wrong lighting, the bokeh is either very harsh or even donutty (like a mirror lens).
comment:Used as my everywhere lens for a long time. Very fond of it. Eventually traded it off for a 17-50/2.8, which I'm not 100% impressed with.

I think this lens is amazing value for money. The photos it takes are just so rich with detail and colour. As I say, the only thing that was occationally a problem was flare or glare. The tamron with its digital coating is better in that regard.

I highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for something really sharp as an everywhere lens and can work with the 36mm min. equiv. FOV. IMO 36 is just wide enough to make it very usable. I never really had any issues with lack of width, just for inside shots it started to become an issue.

A top class lens.

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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