Minolta AF 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 RS A-mount lens review by Bard1

reviewer#5039 date: Mar-15-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:minolta 24-50 f4, Minolta 35-70 f4

price paid:150. USD ( used)
positive:Sharp wide open, very sharp stopped down a bit. great color, weight and balance, petal hood, excellent auto focus on A700

negative:none so far
comment:I bought this lens a couple of months ago to replace my Minolta 24-50 f4 and my Minolta 35-70 f4. Both are fine lenses but, due to their limited range, I found my self constantly changing lenses to respond to unexpected photo opportunities.
The 24-85 is all I hoped it would be and more. In addition to exceeding the combined range of the other two, its IQ easily equals or bests both of them, and the color is as close to nature as I have seen. Coupled with my "75-300 f4.5-5.6 New" it makes a near perfect outdoor combo for nature and landscape photography at under $300. I could not be more pleased.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 54
  • sharpness: 4.41
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.20
  • flare control: 4.11
  • overall: 4.35
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