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

reviewer#26545 date: Apr-6-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover 25 F1.8
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Zeiss Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
price paid:95 USD (used)
positive:Size and weight
Internal, rear focus
Low barrel distortion
Reversible petal hood
55 mm filter threads
negative:Minor lateral CA (blue/red)
Minor focus breathing
Short, uneven focus throw
Small, hard plastic focus grip
Not very sharp
Curved focus plane
comment:A nice clean copy with original hood and caps purchased on eBay. The retail price of this lens was $300 when released in 1985. "JAPAN"

This is one of the smallest A-mount lenses--though Canon has a much smaller 24 mm F2.8 STM EF-S pancake. It is identical in length to the Sigma Super Wide II, but doesn't extend like that lens to focus close. The focal length remains wider than the Sigma at close focus.

The Minolta build feels much nicer than the Sigma. The Sigma has a much longer focus throw and closer focusing ability. The Sigma also has a bit more barrel distortion. The 18-55 has a similar amount of distortion at 24 mm. Both old 24 mm primes are very similar in color and similar to the 18-55 kit lens.

The reversible petal hood is nice though certainly small for an APS-C crop. It uses a three lobe bayonet. The larger petal hood from the 28 and 35 F2 lenses will mount as will the circular hood from the later 100mm F2.8 Macro lenses.

This lens is softer than my Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM which is the best 24 mm lens I've found so far. Overall a decent inexpensive prime, but unless size and weight and crucial I would stick with the zooms.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 103
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.81
  • distortion: 4.60
  • flare control: 4.21
  • overall: 4.59
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