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

reviewer#45820 date: Jan-21-2022
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 20mm f2.8
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Sigma 24-105 f4
price paid:£58.00
positive:Small
Light
Good rendition
Quick autofocus
negative:Vignettes
comment:I have a very odd copy of this lens, in that it has no Minolta logo or lens focal length markings either side of the focal range window. Everything else is standard though. Maybe a pre-release for a show, or a Friday afternoon QC error. Who knows?

Great little compact wide to ultra-wide prime, that is relatively fast, but best used stopped down, as vignette occurs wide open and is difficult you use with any filter attached until at f4. This of course can be corrected in processing.
For landscapes, this is almost the perfect FL and produces sharp, colourful images.
My copy came without a hood, but I have recently acquired the 35mm f2, which uses the same hood, for use on sunny days.
At the price I paid, this lens is an absolute bargain. midway between the 20mm and 28mm, this is a very useful FL and although the Sigma is sharper at 24mm (only just), the price and weight difference just speaks for itself. Armed with this lens and a nifty fifty and maybe a 135mm too, this is a perfect bag for a walkaround day.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 105
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.59
  • flare control: 4.20
  • overall: 4.58
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