Minolta AF 24mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by AVLB
|AVLB#45820 date: Jan-21-2022
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|I own this lens
|Sony 20mm f2.8
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Sigma 24-105 f4
|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.