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

reviewer#10326 date: Jun-25-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24mm f2.8
28mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
135mm f2.8
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
80-200mm f2.8
500mm f8 Reflex
Sigma APO 300mm f4 ( sold )
Sony Zeiss 16-80mm f3,5-4,5
price paid:150 euros
positive:Quite sharp at all apertures on A700
Good and useful focal range on aps,
Small and reasonably light,
Decent hood,
Strong built
Perfect weight, compact
Very fast focus !

negative:sometimes zoom creep ,
but that's not an issues to me.
comment:My copy is sharp and contrasty at all focal lengths .
The built is very good, lightweight and small all-around zoom Its an easy to carry around, even whole day long .
It's a nice built lens with a very good quality.
Compared to the kit lens, this lens produce much much better image. its sharpness and color saturation that I like very much .
I find it good balanced in weight for the Sony Dslr's and Slt's.
It produces images with very beautiful and saturated color, excellent contrast and total sharpness .
Almost all older Minolta lenses have something to their colour and this one, in particular, has that dreamy colour everyone talks about .
The difference in color between this lens and the Sony kit lens is like black and white.
Autofocus is really superfast and non problematic.
This is probably one of my favourite lenses and the one I reach for to walk around ,almost matches the 35-105 .
Some seems complain about CA, I've not see any Chromatic Aberration and even less flare-prone than expected.
Keep your kit-lens for wide landscape (use f11 or higher),
take this 24-85 mm f 3.5-4.5 lens as your working horse .
The overall user ratings 4.36 should be higher in my opinion .

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 60
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.22
  • distortion: 4.32
  • flare control: 4.07
  • overall: 4.38
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