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

reviewer#7232 date: Apr-1-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.3
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:Tamron 28-75 F2.8
Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta 35-70 F4
Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5 Old
Minolta 50 F1.7 RS
Sony 50 F1.4
price paid:GBP 125
positive:+ Retains good colour and AF in low light
+ Great convenience - small, lightweight, MFD.
negative:- Horrible flare control, not seen this bad on any other lens
- Images have a flat, 2d look
- Heavy vignetting on full frame, doesn't go away even when stopped down
comment:I didn't like this lens... images seemed to have a very flat, 2d look and also the flare control was very poor. Shouldn't have been any coating problems as I bought the lens brand new (low price due to Jessops sale).

For full frame, suggest either the Tamron 28-75/2.8 or Minolta 28-135mm instead.

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