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

reviewer#18373 date: Oct-10-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 28-135
- KM 28-75 f2.8
- Sony A7 kitlens (28-75)
price paid:50 Euro
positive:- It's a compact lens and focus quite fast.
- Not as sharp as the 28-135 bearcan or the KM28-75
- 24mm is excellent
negative:- Beyond 24 mm it must be stopped down
- Long end is rather soft.
comment:Tested on the A7 with my second copy of the 24-85 (first one had some decentering issues).
I'm impressed by the 24mm, sharp corner to corner at f4-f4-5. However beyond 24mm it's not as good and the lens must stopped down to f5.6 for some decent corners. On the long end (50mm-85mm) it's rather soft and the lens must be stopped down to f8.

The lens is supported by DXO Optics and I recommend this software. It fixes the barrel distortion and vignetting.

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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