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

reviewer#10688 date: Nov-11-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Minolta 35-70 F4
Tamron 17-50 F2.8
Minolta 35-105
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Sony 35mm F1.8
price paid:
positive:Well what a sleeper this lens is, I picked it up as part of a combo deal on a Dynax 303si with the 75-300 (new) and this attached to the camera .
My first impression was it looks quite nice similiar to new lenses being made by sony now but i thought it would not compare to the old Minoltas i have, Biy was i wrong
The colours certainly have the Minolta Pop to them and bokeh is very nice with rounded blades producing nice circles at F8 even
I actually prefer this lens to the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 superb lens
It is very resistant to flare and can produce good results even when pointing directly at the sun.
Its quite and fast
negative:I did not get one earlier
comment:A rather surprising lens that i had overlooked definite keeper

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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