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

reviewer#9549 date: Oct-30-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 24-50 f4
Sony CZ 24-70
price paid:175 USD
positive:Light, well built, good reach, sharp at f8 and 28mm ++ Very fast and precis focus, almost faster then modern day lens, it's true it's a very light lens, almost too light for the A900, but for a walk around lens you can ask better. See 2nd NOTE at the bottom.
negative:Soft at 24mm but gets better at 28mm and up, same result as on the A900 or the a580.
comment:This lens has good reach, light, well built, but disappointedly soft at 24mm even at f8; it gets better at 28 and up. I've test it on the A900 and it's OK for the price but just so, but on the A580 it is surprisingly good.
NOTE: Got me a second mint copie of the lens, and I'd like to add: very fast and precise focus, sharpness is equal to my other copy.
Added NOTE (June 2014): I had an accident with one of the 24-85, it broke beyond repair; since I like these “Walk Around” lens, and they come cheap, got me a 3rd copy.... surpised, this one is even better then the first two one. Brand new, from Japan and in the original package. I re-tested on my A900, A580 and A700 and the quality, sharpness, accurate focus etc, is excellent. Conclusion: since these lens are considered “Kit Lens”, unfortunately craftmanship will vary greatly from one copy to the other.... probably why this lens received such low ratings.

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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