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

reviewer#7271 date: Apr-10-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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 50mm F1.7
KM DT 18-70mm
price paid:185 GBP (new)
positive:Sharp. Compact.
negative:24mm on APS-C doesn't seem wide enough these days. Flare.
comment:I think this lens is underated. From the moment I started using it on a KM5D it felt right. It's since become my favourite walk around lens on the A700 It's not quite as sharp as the 50mm F1.7 at around 50mm but it's still good and I tend to keep it on my camera most of the time and only switch to the 50mm if I need the extra stops. Flare control is not good - the shade is next to useless. At times I've found myself having to shoot one handed and shade with my other hand.

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
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