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

reviewer#5329 date: May-3-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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:Haven't owned any other Sony/Minolta lens around this focal length
price paid:Ł200
positive:Quite good stopped down to f5.6/8, almost into the extreme corners (but not quite)

Decently built

Smallish and light

Fast and accurate AF

Distortion is linearly barrel and therefore easily corrected
negative:Flare control is not great

Suffers from chromatic aberrations
comment:Positively surprised by how sharp it is almost into the extreme corners, but disappointed by relatively pronounced colour fringing. Flare is also a problem.

Barrel distortion is pronounced, but linear and easily put right

I'd like to see a direct comparison with both CZ 16-35mm ZA and CZ 24-70mm ZA @ 24mm, because I have the impression that it will match both except for flare and CA control

(7/5/09) Having used it for a few days longer now, I must confess that I'm terribly disappointed by the huge amounts of colour fringing, even when stopped down to f8, in normal situations such as architecture against a cloudy sky, and which I'm having trouble correcting in post

I've now replaced this with an adapted Leica Elmarit 28mm (latest type); although not exactly the same focal length, the Leica is light-years ahead: much less distortion, sharper across the frame, virtually no CAs and flare in situations where the Minolta was all-over-the-place, much better build, although it only works in manual with stop-down operation...

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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