Minolta AF 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by chriseen
|chriseen#10326 date: Jun-25-2012|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||24mm f2.8|
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
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,
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 .