Minolta AF 24mm F2.8 RS A-mount lens review by Snegren

reviewer#10557 date: Oct-3-2012
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL16-50F2.8SSM
M50F1.7RS
M35F2
price paid:240 EUR (Used, as new)
positive:Well built, small
negative:Flare sensitive (like most WA lenses). Lens cap hard to remove with hood on. Bokeh is not the best. Soft wide open.
comment:The spitting image of the M50F1.7RS. It has a similar (but not identical!) lens hood and 55 mm filter thread with the M35F2 and has similar appearance. I have used the 16-50 a lot at 16 mm on my A700, so I bought the 24 in anticipation for the upcoming A99 and to go back to my old ways of shooting primes. The lens is well built and compact. The lens focusses very fast with no hunting. MFD is next to nothing (20 cm or so). Corner sharpness wide open is barely adequate and stopping down to F5.6-8 is required for best results. Have not noticed any distortion worth mentioning. Works really well on FF A99, but needs stopping down for best results. Bokeh is a bit busy.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 25
  • sharpness: 4.46
  • color: 4.72
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 4.16
  • overall: 4.45
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