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

reviewer#10670 date: Nov-7-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24mm f2.8
Carl Zeiss 16-35mm
KM 17-35mm
Sigma 12-24mm
price paid:
missing
positive:Tiny & light
Classic Minolta colour
Good edge sharpness & very good once stopped down
negative:unimpressive sharpness wide open (especially given it's a prime)
comment:Optically it's in a similar class to the cheaper Sigma 24mm f2.8, though slightly sharper edges, better colour/contrast and smoother focus.

Both aren't overly sharp wide open and their sharpness rating reflects that weakness but they but improve quite a bit as you stop down. At f8 there isn't much difference between this and the cz16-35mm, given it's the kind of lens that will typically be used at f5.6-11 I don't think it's a huge practical downside.

I think the Minolta is much more pleasing than the Sigma 24mm but I stop short of considering it a class above, while it's certainly worth paying more for the Minolta I don't think it's worth 3x the amount it sometimes commands.


rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 102
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.61
  • flare control: 4.22
  • overall: 4.59
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