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

reviewer#11805 date: May-3-2014
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:SAL 18-55; Minolta 35-105N
price paid:$90 USD
positive:Good range for APS. No glaring optical weaknesses. Convenient and comfortable size and weight; good feel. Internal focus.
negative:None for me.
comment:I find this a big improvement over the kit lens; sure you lose the 18mm wide angle, but I rarely use that and having more reach is a good tradeoff. While the size is almost identical to the 18-55, having 14 elements instead of 8 is bound to weigh more.

Mine is tight, smooth and free of zoom creep so probably that's a wear over time problem exacerbated by the heavy front elements.

It's also sharp enough on the long end to withstand considerable cropping, which extends the usable range considerably. I'd put it in the contenders for the 'If I could only take one lens..' derby.

Nice colour and contrast; minimal CA, sharp from 4.5. A 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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