Minolta AF 24mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by godsakes
|godsakes#10670 date: Nov-7-2012
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|I own this lens
|Sigma 24mm f2.8
Carl Zeiss 16-35mm
|Tiny & light
Classic Minolta colour
Good edge sharpness & very good once stopped down
|unimpressive sharpness wide open (especially given it's a prime)
|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.