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

reviewer#4063 date: Sep-7-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:18-70 Kit
17-35 2.8-4
50mm 1.7 (old version)
price paid:200
positive:Circular aperture
Internal focusing
AF speed
negative:a little too much plastic for my liking
comment:Firstly, this lens is blazing fast at focusing! The focus ring has a very short travel and it is shockingly fast on all cameras tested (maxxum 5, a100, a700).

Sharpness is quite good wide open, and very useable. from f4 to f8 is VERY sharp. Bokeh (out of focus rendition) is very good and aided a LOT by the circular aperture.

Build quality: not the best, it's a little too plastic.

Colour is nothing exciting, and I have not seen any flare, I get the feeling I won't be seeing any either...

I love this focal length on film and on digital bodies... Makes a very nice wide-angle on full frame, and a great walk-around on digital.

I would recommend, if not encourage people to buy this lens if they don't have it! I got very lucky and found a good RS (latest model) with hood and case!

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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