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

reviewer#5866 date: Aug-17-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:- SAL 1870 (kit)
price paid:
positive:- Compact size
- Longer reach
- Good looks
- Bright
- Sharp
- Flower petal hood (though not much use on APC-S)
- Build
negative:- Little heavy (about Tamron 17-50/2.8)
- Slightly loose when extended (as much as the kit)..maybe due to its age.
- Flare (it's a film-era lens)
- Not wide
comment:Compared to the kit,
- Bit heavier, but similar length
- Better build with metal mount
- Brighter & more bokeh

In general,
- Very good range for general outdoor and home studio photography (36-128mm eqv.)
- Not much zoom creep despite its age & weight
- Step down a notch, it gets quite sharp

Had it for a couple of weeks and loving it.

Update: Had it for a few months now and still like it very much for mainly for its range and compactness. It's bit soft wide open. Not a negative point, but colour is bit yellow as well compared to Tamron 17-50.

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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