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

reviewer#21418 date: Nov-12-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 on Maxxum 7000
price paid:£70
positive:Build quality, internal focus, metal, fast focus, sturdy hood, 55mm metal filter thread
negative:None
comment:This is an excellent compact lens. I use it on my full frame a900 where it delivers a nice wide field of view, shallow enough depth of field when needed, saturated colours and reasonable sharpness.

With a focal length of 24mm it is a lens that I see as purposefully wide, opposed to a 35mm for example which lies in-between wide and normal. A wide prime is harder to use initially but once you start seeing wide the resulting photographs are rewarding. Good focal length for sweeping outdoor vistas with plenty of sky or foreground and unorthodox indoor portraiture, think fashion photography.

I use it for portraiture, travel, art and scene setting cinema style photography.

f2.8 is a bright enough aperture for this type of lens and also keeps it compact, the same size as the Minolta 28mm, 35mm f2 and 50mm. You don't use a wide lens for bokeh although the OOF areas are pleasing, you use it for composition and content, so f2.8 is plenty even for low light with the a900.

The colours are well saturated. No real need for a CPL with this as you can get deep blue skies with practise.

Focus is fast, as fast and possibly faster than my 200mm f2.8 HS, but may miss at longer distances. Thankfully they have a smooth focus ring for manual focus.

Internal focus is an overlooked plus. It keeps the inside of the lens dust free and makes the lens feel better built overall.

On APSC it has the same field of view as a 35mm, but doesn't feel wide or long enough, I'd rather use a DT 35mm on that format for a 50mm equivalent.

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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