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

reviewer#44346 date: Aug-15-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Maxxum 35-105 original
price paid:$70 / EBay
positive:Good walk-around range for FF, smallish, lightish, quite sharp.
negative:Some CR and distortion. Wide end not very wide on APS-C.
comment:At 24mm and around f/8, my copy gets near to sensor resolution in/near center on A99M2/A68; not quite as sharp as 35-105 original corner to corner, BUT much lighter and really nice to have 24mm at wide end. Long end a bit softer but still quite good. Distortion and (already not too severe) CR pretty easily fixable in LR.

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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