Sony AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by AlphaMan
|AlphaMan#9409 date: Sep-12-2011|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 24-105|
|price paid:||150 GBP (used)|
|negative:||Soft wide open (slightly)|
Minor optical flaws
|comment:||This is a lens which I think is much under-rated.|
It is not perfect by any means but it can give excellent quality if intelligently used. In "the old days" we never shot wide open unless the glass was Zeiss or Leitz and always shut down a stop or two to get optimum quality. The widest aperture was provided as a means of making focusing easier (no AF then!) and shooting wide open was for emergencies only. Consequently, this lens should always be stopped down by a stop or more.
That said, I would love it if Sony could make a better quality (wide open and distortion wise) version of this lens.
I am not a fan of the bulkyness of modern optics, I love the better quality of lenses such as the CZ24-70 or CZ 16-35 (I reserve these lenses for commercial work) but when shooting weddings or doing something where I need to hold my camera for long periods (CZ 24-70 + A900 + time hand-held = ouch!), I prefer a smaller, lighter lens and this is where this lens comes to life for me.
There are distortion issues but I have not found these flaws too bad for the purposes I use this lens. This is not an acceptable lens for architectural work for example but I don't think it was ever intended for such work.
So, my recommendation? If you want a lens for weddings, portraits and as a convenient walk-around lens, you could be more than happy with this one. If you are hankering after ultimate quality, you will need to spend a lot more and get something like the CZ 24-70 (ultimately, you only get what you pay for).