Minolta AF 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by Freddan_6

reviewer#12136 date: Feb-17-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 18-55/3.5-5.6 SAM,
Tamron 17-50/2.8,
Minolta 24-50/4
Minolta 28-85/3.5-4.5
price paid:350 SEK=42 $
positive:Quite sharp full open. Very sharp in the middle, on the edges of APS-C sharpness decreases. Warm Minolta Colors. Small.
negative:Not really wide enough on APS-C.
comment:OK Build. Better than the kit-lens. Need a hood, mine was lacking. Bought it 2nd hand from someone that could not spell Minolta, thus the low price. The Tamron and Kit-lens has an edge in sharpness, the Minolta 24-85 has longer reach, and has f:4.5 on the long end. Approx same sharpness as Minolta 24-50/4. Sharpens up nicely when stopping down to f:5.6. Better sharpness than 28-85/3.5-4.5 between 70-85mm.
Update: For FF it is not so sharp in the absolute corners @24mm, and don't really sharpen up until F8-F11.

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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