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

reviewer#8685 date: Feb-20-2011
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:35-70 F4
35-105 F4
18-70 kit lens
price paid:70 GBP (used)
positive:Sharp
Lovely colours
Wider than the 35-105
negative:Not easy to put the hood on backwards for storage.
Made my 35-70 baby Beercan totally redundant.
comment:Picked up an immaculate copy of this lens from eBay. Delighted to say this seems to be an extremely sharp example, from what I've read they can be a bit hit and miss.

Wide open and even stopped down it beats the two older Minolta lenses every time, it's sharper and the fabled Minolta colours are just as apparent. Has the added advantage of a much more useful range on an APS-C body - don't miss the 20mm at the long end (compared to the 35-105) and really appreciate the extra 11mm at the wide end.

Might not be quite as wide as the kit lens, but it's in a totally different league in terms of build quality and performance.

This lens is an underrated little gem, pick up a copy if you can find one.

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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