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

reviewer#5872 date: Aug-19-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Sony 18-70 kit
Sony 55-200
Sony 50 f2.8 macro
Minolta 50 1.4
price paid:42 UKP
positive:Compact, light, sharp, cheap, colour
negative:Slight flare issues but hardly worth mentioning at the price these sell for.
comment:Absolutely fantastic lens at a great price. I'm one of the people who finds the kit lens ok but this is so much better.

I struck lucky and found it listed badly on ebay and got it at a fantastic price but would pay 3 times the amount for it if ever anything happens to this one.

The IQ is just amazing and it is light and compact. The hood isn't too special but I have better lenses to deal with any flare problems so it doesn't make any difference to me.

I have no problems with build quality of mine. Everything is solid as a rock.

If you see one buy it.

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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