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

reviewer#276 date: Dec-12-2005
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:50mm 1.7 RS
50mm 1.4 Sony
28mm 2.9 RS
price paid:
positive:Light, Sharp, Rather fast
negative:So wish it was at least a 2
comment:If you have a 50mm 1.7 you will forever be mixing the 2 up. I have to keep checking the labels. I find myself forgetting it's only a 2.8, which just seams so slow for a prime. But it's faster than most zooms in that range.

Its build is solid, if you have a 50mm 1.7 (you do have a 50mm 1.7 don't you?) then it will be very familiar, they are virtual clones. A minor difference is the bigger filter, 55 vs 49, which is nice , also the dumb hood of the 50mm 1.7 is gone and it has a common bayonet job. It only comes up short on build rating because of the small focus ring.

The lens performs well in the dark as one would expect. In bright sun it can be a little bit rough, Flare is a issue, even removing any filters I had on the front I would still get glare in bright sun. You can use the hood from the 2.8/100, 100-300, or 75-300 to get a better hood for APS, it will vignette a little in the corners, cutting the hood some one get things just right. Don't expect good bokeh from this lens, it's pretty bad in that department, but overall the lens does well.

Like the 50mm, it really needs a bigger focusing ring. And definitely should be faster, its only a 2.8, so it doesn't get that much faster then some zooms. But if you can find one for a good price (under 200 bucks) its a good lens to get. If only it was at least a 2.0 it could be a really great lens. As is, it's more of a strangely expensive lens. Today, it's not that wide, but for it's wideness and speed it's not a bad trade off, and it's still small.

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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