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

reviewer#9433 date: Sep-17-2011
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:Minolta 24mm 2.8
Minolta 24-50mm
Minolta 35-105mm
Minolta 50mm f3.5 macro
price paid:320
positive:Sharp
Good range
Great colours
CA well controlled
negative:Slight barrel distortio at 24mm and slight pincushion at tele end
comment:I have bought this lens primarily as a travel / walkaround lens. It performs well. The 25-85 lens is MUCH superior to the 35-105 (which has very low contrast giving a totally flat image).There are few FF walkaround options forthe a850 or a900. This does the job. Colours are great, distortion can be corrected and CA is negligible. The lens is reasonably robust and the lens hood works well. Autofocus is excellent. No barrel wobble on my copy.
The centre is sharp but the corners are a little soft wide open. By F8 when this lens is sharp across the field.
SUMMARY
This is a good walkaround for Sony FF with some compromises.

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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