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

reviewer#9841 date: Jan-24-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Minolta 28-75 f2.8
Minolta 28-105 f3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5 (original)
Minolta 24-105 D f3.5-4.5
price paid:77 GBP
positive:Very sharp stopped down
Usably sharp wide open
Typical Minolta colour
Solid build
Good weight and on-camera balance
Decent range
comment:Very good lens, above f5.6 as good as the other lenses (except 24-105- see comment below) at similar focal lengths. Let down slightly by its performance at max. aperture at the wide end but I have rated a 5 for sharpness because it is still very usable and 4.75 not an option.

Better than the Minolta 24-105 at all apertures and focal lengths.


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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