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

reviewer#11363 date: Oct-2-2013
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50mm F2.8
price paid:135 EURO
positive:Small
Light
Good minolta coating.
Great short focussing distance
Doesn't extend during focus
Front doesn't rotates during focus
Good build quality
negative:Short turn on the focus ring might hurt video performance. Then again video wasn't known in that time.
Only F2.8
Bokeh can be a bit harsh
comment:This lens is quite a performer. Of course made in the film era it might not have a few things. But it does has the Minolta Coating so nice contrast of images with that nice feel over it.

Its light, its small yet it is 24mm something that was pretty uncommon in that time.

Even on 24mpixel it still shows it can deliver the images. With those rich tones and contrast. If you want sharper shoot a modern lens ;) This lens is about character.

Compared to my tammy 17-50mm this one has more contrast, looks well you know minolta color. The Tammy is sharper at the images. What else to expect from modern coatings and a modern lens.

But lets be fair that is pixel peeping, when looking at the images, printing them out and hanging them on your wall they look lovely. And that is all that should matter in the end.

Distortion is very acceptable. Within reason shall we say, it is easy in lightroom to adjust for it. And you don't end up throwing away to many pixels because of distortion adjusting.

Even not adjusted images look good to. I still suggest to adjust them a little bit.
In the end a great little performer that might just beat the tammy 17-50mm at 24mm.

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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