Minolta AF 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by donniefitz2

reviewer#9961 date: Feb-22-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Minolta 35-70 f/4.0 (baby beercan)
price paid:120.00
positive:- good zoom range on APS-C
- very sharp
- good Minolta color
- good build
negative:- a bit heavy
- prone to flare without hood
- a slight bit of barrel wobble
comment:I bought this lens from KEH and it looked brand new when I got it. It's a large lens and a bit heavy but it really does look awesome (if that really matters to you).

I found the sharpness to be excellent on my a700 and I would say it's as sharp if not sharper than the baby beercan with much better zoom range. And 24mm at the wide end isn't bad for an APS-C camera.

I use this lens for general stuff and for portraits. I really like it a lot and I highly recommend it.

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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