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

reviewer#46976 date: Jan-27-2024
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:Minolta AF 17-35/2.8-4
Minolta AF 28-85/3.5-4.5
Minolta DT 18-70 APS-C kit lens
price paid:200 USD
positive:Sharp
Nice colors
Fairly close-focusing
negative:A little prone to ghosting and veiling with the sun in certain parts of the frame, but it is not very bad.

Distortion, but not as bad as any zoom lens I have ever tried.
comment:This has been my workhorse wide angle lens for 16 years and I still love it. I recently used it for a wedding, on my Sony A7RIV with an LA-EA5 adapter. It is acceptably sharp over most of the frame wide open, and very sharp when stopped down, even when scrutinized at pixel-level from the 61MP A7RIV. The bokeh is nice in most situations, and the colors are beautiful. It has always focused quickly and accurately, without hunting, on all of my cameras (A100, A700, A900, and A7RIV with adapter). Compared to FE lenses, the only drawbacks are the noise of the screwdrive focus and some shutter lag due to the A7RIV's method of handling adapted lenses (not present on the A-mount cameras).

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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