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

reviewer#26545 date: Apr-6-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Tamron SP 17-35 F2.8-4
Tokina AF 17 F3.5
Samyang AF 18 F2.8
Sigma 19 F2.8 DN Art
Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG
Tamron 20 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG HSM
Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Samyang AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
price paid:95 USD (used)
positive:Size and weight
Internal, rear focus
Low barrel distortion
Reversible petal hood
55 mm filter threads
negative:Curved field
Minor lateral CA (blue/red)
Minor focus breathing
Short focus throw
Small, hard plastic focus grip
Not very sharp
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. It just is not competitive on digital cameras. "JAPAN"

This is one of the smallest A-mount lenses. 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. Both old 24 mm primes are very similar in color.

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.

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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