Sony AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by sungeunbae

reviewer#10603 date: Oct-19-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 18-55
Minolta 35-105 (2nd)
Sony 35 1.8
Minolta 100-200
price paid:230USD(used)
positive:Nice Minolta colour
Not rotating front element
Very useful range
Very sharp for this class
Build is better than original Minolta
negative:Lateral CA - purple fringe (can be easily removed in PP)
comment:I think this lens is very underated. Certainly it loses <24mm wide range, but other than that it is very useful range and sharp at f5.6 all across the range.

Nice colour. I don't have a full frame cam, but who knows - if FF ever becomes mainstream and I upgrade, I won't need to buy another lens. Its a bit limiting wide coverage on APS-C is no longer a problem there. 24~105 will be awesome on FF.
Build is very good with distance meter, metal mount etc.
Better than plastic mount cheap kit lens or primes in terms of build.
Colourwise, it's more minolta than sony. Warm and well saturated. For a walkaround lens, it has a good range. Well balanced on a55. The hood is pretty good- flare is well controlled.
Some people complain about CA and purple fringing - it is noticeable in high contrast shots. Stopping down a bit helps and CA is easy to remove in post-processing. I worked out the formula in ACDSee and feed all the shots I took with this lens. The result is pretty damn good - no CA, a lot sharper and very 3D.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 4.34
  • color: 4.47
  • build: 4.26
  • distortion: 4.05
  • flare control: 4.16
  • overall: 4.26 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania