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

reviewer#5113 date: Mar-28-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 28-70/2,8 G
Sony 16-80/3,5-4,5
K-M 17-35/2,8-4
price paid:90 EUR
positive:Cheap, focal length acceptable for APS-C
negative:Sharpness especially at wide end not so good, CA quite pronounced
comment:Bought this with little money some years ago to replace my mechanically damaged 28-85/3,5-4,5. For the price it performs well. However when looking picutures more closely you see lack of sharpness especially at wide end and also chromatic aberration. When stopped down you still get bang for the euros. Distortion is not a problem in APS-C.

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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