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

reviewer#9955 date: Feb-21-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 3.3
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 35f1.8
SAL 55-200
SAL 18-55
Minolta 50F1.7
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:range
negative:too soft wide open
flare
questionable color
comment:Not very sharp wide open especially the corners, I think SAL1855 is sharper wide open at 24, but at f5.6 and beyond this lens is better. Wide open, no where near the sharpness of 55-200 and 35f1.8. It is sharp at f8 but still not as sharp as 55-200 or 35f1.8 or 50F1.7. Color is not as good as 50F.17 (at least for portraits).

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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