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

reviewer#10785 date: Dec-15-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Sony 16-80
Minolta 35-105
price paid:90 GBP used
positive:Very sharp throughout the range.
Minolta colours
Virtually no PF
negative:Rare
Not a D lens
comment:This lens is so good that it holds its own with two of the best availabe lenses covering a similar range.

Just a touch soft at 24 f3.5, it becoms sharp at f4. At all other focal lengths and apertures it is sharp and very sharp above f5.6.

If you dont need 16-24 save yourself some serious cash and look for one of these.

At similar focal lengths and apertures it at least matches the two lenses mentioned above. A sleeping giant!!

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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