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

reviewer#10281 date: Jun-9-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 own this lens
compared to:28mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
135mm f2.8
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
80-200mm f2.8
Sigma APO 300mm f4
Sony Zeiss 16-80mm f3,5-4,5
price paid:240 euro mint
positive:Well Built,Solid construction
Light and compact
Good colours
Outstanding sharpness and good DoF
Flare resistant
No distortion, very nice bokeh
Super fast focusing speed
Comes with bayonet hood
55mm filter thread
Internal focusing
Very compact
Wide aperture 2.8

36mm equivalent on digital

The one prime solution for travelling light
negative:For what it is, I can't think of a negative.
comment:Great light carry lens.
Partnered with a 50mm and 135mm, this functioned well for me as part of a walkabout prime set.
I wanted the 24mm for a bit of extra coverage. It covers most shooting situations, groups of friends indoors and outdoor shots of landmarks.
This is a forgotten lens because it is really an excellent performer!
I am very pleased about the results that it gave on last holidays.
Its focal length is ideal for group photos (group size 5~15).
It generates pleasing skin tone
Picture is razor sharp and the colours are rich.
Can get some nice 'close subject in the foreground, wide bokeh landscape in the background' shots.

The prime for city photo with 36mm on Digital.
If you're also shooting architecture and landscapes this is the lens you are looking for.
One of the best things about this lens is the flare control.
No flare or halos, totally flare resistant.
Very compact and solidly built and comes with 55mm filter thread just like the most Minolta lenses.
Use the top quality Skylight 1A filter for protection.
There is no vigneting at all unless you stack more filters.

Minolta 24mm f/2.8 is simply one of the sharpest in the Minolta line-up.
I highly recommend to get this lens either used or new.
I'm simply blown away by its performance and I'm sure you'll also.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 106
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.58
  • flare control: 4.20
  • overall: 4.58
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