Minolta AF 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#7485 date: May-26-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70 kit
24-105D
35-105 org
28 F/2.8
50 F/1.7
price paid:75 euro
positive:Acceptable range on APS-C
Price
Build quality
negative:Zoom creep
lack of sharpness
comment:My father uses this as his walkaround on his A100. The lens fits very well esthetically and balance wise on this body. I was slightly disappointed in the sharpness of this lens after reading the reviews, even the old kit lens is sharper at most focal lengths. Only around 50mm this lens shows a good sharpness (might be this copy). In the end my dad missed the wide angle and upgraded to the 18-55 kit which is a lot better.
reviewer#7447 date: May-19-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony SAL1870 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:~140 USD (used)
positive:Light weight
Sharp (comparing with the kit lens)
Better colours (comparing with the kit lens)
Low price
negative:Rubber focus ring can come unstuck with the time
comment:
missing
reviewer#7213 date: Mar-31-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 28-105 3.5-4.5
price paid:88 EUR used
positive:sharp - stopped down f5.6
minolta colours
light, well built
negative:soft - wide open
zoom creep
comment:I compared the Minolta 24-85 to my favorite Minolta 28-105. In my opinion the 28-105 is much sharper wide open than the 24-85. I took some nice portraits and street pics with the 28-105 aperture wide open. Unfortunately the 24-85 is too soft wide open for portraits! I would recommend the 28-105 over the 24-85 for this purpose even though the 24-85's range is more comfortable for everydays fotography. Stopped down to at least f5.6 the 24-85 is a recommendable standard lens. I sold this lens again and kept the IMHO better 28-105.
reviewer#7165 date: Mar-27-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105mm SR 4.5-5.6
Minolta 35-70 f4
price paid:215US$
positive:The best walkaroundlens on my A900, with less vignetting than 24-105, less weight than CZ 24-70, better than 35-70 f4.
negative:distorsion, easily corrected in Post prosessing. Needs stopping down at least to stops to give really sharp picktures.
comment:I was dissapointet by my 24-105mm on my A900 and the MINOLTA 28-70G I find too heavy to log around. I found this on E-bay in Demo condition new in box. I have tested it specially against the 24-105 and find that the vignetting is at least one f-stop less, stepped more down, like f8-f11, it is even better. Sharpness is clearly better wide open, stepped down it is about the same. Compared to the 35-70 f4 it is better in all aspects. So my 24-105 will stay on my 7D where it is doing a good job.

Higly recommended as a normal zoom for A850 and A900.
If you find it buy it, I did.
reviewer#7057 date: Mar-11-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:DT Sony 18-55
Sony 18-70
Minolta 35-105 old
Nikon 18-105
Nikon 18-135
price paid:700 RMB
positive:cheap and amazing sharpness,wonderful color(especially under the cloudy weather)...I like it~worth!
negative:the build doesn't fit its performance...however,nothing more should be required to this cheap but amazing len....at least on this price,that's it.
comment:Worthy to buy and own it,and it will not let you disappointed,enjoy its sharpness and color!
reviewer#6909 date: Feb-14-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:beercan
Tokina 19-35
price paid:USD 110 (used)
positive:Color!!!!
negative:zoom mechanism
comment:Really love the color!! sharpness is good. the only complain is the zoom mechanism, but maybe it's fair enough for lens at its age.
reviewer#6901 date: Feb-11-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:M 24/2.8
M 28/2.8
M 50/1.7
M 70-210/3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp
great colors
negative:Zoom Creep
comment:This is the lens I keep on the camera, most of the time. My copy is really sharp
and has wonderful colors. The zoom creep is the only thing that bugs me about this lens.
This lens is still sharp with my a850, I am very pleased with the results I get.
reviewer#6732 date: Jan-12-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:28-75 2.8
24-105 3.5-4.5
24-70 2.8 HSM
price paid:99USD
positive:SHARP, light colors cheap
negative:none
comment:GREAT SHARPNESS AN COLORS.
reviewer#6553 date: Dec-8-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 own this lens
compared to:SAL 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 24 2.8
Tamron 17-50 2.8 Di II LD
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 28-85 3.5-4.5
price paid:$125 USD (used)
positive:My walk-around lens. Light enough to carry aroun dall day
The colors are fantastic
Sharp when stopped down, but a tad soft wide open.


A nice portrait lens

negative:Lens hood could be better. I can get it to produce flare, but I have to try hard to do so.
comment:This is my outdoor walk-around lens. I can usually work within the range of the cropped sensor. I love the colors this lens produces. The pictures have that classic Minolta look that makes them really pop. It is possible to produce flare, but under most "normal" circumstances it is controlled by the petal hood. (I use the word normal with tongue in cheek. Normal is such a subjective term...especially in photography!)
reviewer#6535 date: Dec-5-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 18-70 (350 kit-lens)
Minolta AF 28-105 xi
price paid:N/A
positive:Vivid color
Light in weight
Sturdy in build
Petal hood
Fast autofocus
negative:Nothing to speak of
comment:This is probably my favorite lens and the one I usually reach for. It’s light in weight but sturdy in build and a good balance in weight for the Sony Alpha 350. It produces images with very beautiful and saturated color, excellent contrast and total sharpness (at f8 it’s totally sharp). All my Minolta lenses have a certain something to their color and this one, in particular, has that dreamy color everyone wants. The difference in color between this lens and the Sony kit lens is light night and day. Autofocus is fast and non problematic.
Be perfect if it were wider than the 36mm efl but I am very happy to own this lens. As for flare, I have only noticed a very slight flare and only under extreme sunny conditions.
You will only be pleased with the images this lens will render.
reviewer#6160 date: Oct-2-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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:Sigma 24-70/2.8 EX DG
Tamron 17-50/2.8
Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5
Sony 18-70 kit lens
Tamron 28-75/2.8
price paid:105 USD (used)
positive:Very fast focus
Build quality
Compact
Brighter apretures than the kit
negative:Tiny lens hood
Makes a snapping noise at infinity and MFD
comment:Well, this lens meets some stiff competition with my previously and currently owned lenses.
I bought this lens hoping to get a nice walk-around lens for vacationing and general use when I don't think the 50mm of the Tamron 17-50 would be long enough.
It's not really the sharpest lens, and I would actually rate the sharpness about the same as I would the Sony kit lens. All of the other lenses in my "compared to" list exceed this lens in sharpness, and I would rather have a Tamron/KM 28-75/2.8 in place of this lens. The reason The 24-85mm needs to be stopped down to f/8 to get a sharp picture, but then again I am guilty of pixel peeping too much with this lens. Printed photos will turn out great with this lens, as they would with the kit lens.
Sharpness is best at 24mm, and it creates very nice images for landscape or closeups. Sharpness seems to have a linear decrease all the way to 85mm. Colors are great all the way through.
I will keep this lens in my "cheap lineup" until I can find something as versitile, compact, light, good looking, and inexpensive.
reviewer#5536 date: Jun-15-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:SAL 18-70mm
price paid:250 USD
positive:strong built
great for walkaround lens
the weight is just perfect!
negative:
missing
comment:It is a nice built lens with a very good quality. Compared to the kit lens, this lens produce much much better image. its sharpness and color saturation that I like the most.

Images taken with this lens, tend to show a better quality on the color gradation.

A Must Have Lens for Sony Users!
reviewer#5307 date: Apr-29-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:24-105 (Sony version is sub-par to this lens, by far in just about every category.. get this one before the Sony do not be fooled by the larger range of the Sony)
price paid:160.00
positive:Well built, sharp at almost all apertures, good overall useful focal range, small and reasonably light, decent hood, great price, can even find new models to this day.
negative:Not much to nitpick about actually, some vignetting wide open on 24mp A900, but thats to be expected. Mag ratio could be better as well, but it's not bad.
comment:This lens is much better than its reviews although they are good overall. It lacks something, perhaps an F2.8 minimum aperture would have sent the reviews into the stars, I really don't know. Build is Minolta good of this time period, solid, no zoom creep, smooth smooth manual focus ring with no play, zoom ring can be a bit stiff-yet it doesn't creep.

Build is a 4.5 to me, but certainly not a 5. Color is excellent and this lens overall will be sharper than you will expect. If you want a budget landscape lens for your A900 while you are deciding whether or not to plunk down 1600.00 for the 24-70 Zeiss, get it and have fun. I have landscapes that are tack sharp in 95% of the frame, with the corners showing only slight softness compared to the center performance. At f8-f11 no real visible difference in diffraction, over f11 it starts to set in.

Barrel is reasonably controlled even on full frame, no real pincushion to speak of at 85mm. Would be nice if it had a bit better magnification ratio. Maybe that is why the reviews don't go through the roof, it does just about everything above average but never one thing perfectly, perhaps with the exception of color. It needs a G badge and a constant f2.8 aperture to be 5's across the board, yet without those two items it is still a steal.

Recommended!

Carl (www.alphamountworld.com)
reviewer#5013 date: Mar-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 24mm & 70-210 Beercan
price paid:140 uSD (used)
positive:Nice wide to medium length zoom len. Compact and fairly well built.
negative:Zoom creep problem occured as it goes aged.
comment:A very good compact zoom . Can get sharp image at @24mm close to 24mm prime at f8, just with little bit more CA but sharpeness are same.

Long end 85mm is a bit soft if wide open but becomes sharp as well at f8. Bolken is ok but not as good as the beercan @80mm

Color is very good, preserve Minolta tradtion.
reviewer#4701 date: Jan-18-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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:Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG
price paid:Ł140
positive:Quite sharp at all apertures on A900
negative:Flare
comment:Just acquired this lens from fleabay. Not many of them about.
Nice walk about lens with great colour. Better colour than the Sigma 24-70 EX DG. Sharp enough if you're not pixel peeping.
reviewer#4663 date: Jan-10-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Sigma 24-70 EX DG Macro
SAL 18-70
Minolta 24-105 (D)
Minolta 28-135 Macro
Minolta AF 35-105 Macro
Minolta AF 50 F/1.7
Sigma AF 28-70/2.8 EX Asph DF
price paid:£13.85 (used)
positive:Weight
Size
IQ
Build
Fast AF
Colour rendition
negative:None as yet
comment:I bought this from Dyxum member 'Watty' to replace my Sigma 24-70/2.8 EX DG Macro which is heavy and bulky. I wish I'd never sold my Min 24-105 (D), but when this lens was offered, I was in two minds whether to buy or not.

I'm pleased that I did. The IQ is excellent, colours superb, bokeh smooth, weight and size are perfect.

I much prefer it to my former Sigma, albeit it's not F/2.8, but I miss the range of the 105mm (D) and the aperture of the MIN50F17.

That said, as an overall compromise, it's just right and is now attached to my A700 (A850). This lens is an excellent 'all-rounder' and has shown itself to be most worthy in tests I've conducted and will be much used in future. A definite candidate for anyone looking for a versatile full frame lens in this focal range.

UPDATE:

I since bought a second 'minty' copy for £13.85 (CHF 20.00), but it has a new owner now.
reviewer#4289 date: Oct-25-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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:Minolta 100-200mm f/4.5
Minolta 35-70mm f/4
Minolta 24-50mm f/4
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Minolta 24mm f/2.8
Nikon 18-70mm AF-S f/3.5-4.5
price paid:$150 USD (new)
positive:Sharp throughout range, compact, decent build quality, smooth zoom action, quick autofocus, decent maximum aperture (although not constant)
negative:Loses some sharpness beginning in middle of range at larger apertures.
comment:This lens has been a pleasant surprise. On the Sony A350, 24mm - 35mm is nearly as sharp as my Minolta 24mm f/2.8, and at all apertures. From 40mm - 85mm, this lens shows noticeable edge softening at larger apertures and must be stopped down to f/7.1 to compete with the primes. However, it *can* compete with (but not beat) some of the primes when stopped down, and this is no easy accomplishment for a modestly priced zoom. At all comparable focal lengths and apertures, it is slightly sharper than the Minolta 24-50mm f/4.0, which is a good lens itself. My much newer Nikon 18-70mm AF-S is slightly sharper still for the same price, but not by much. The Minolta 35-70mm f/4.0 is the sharpest of all of these zoom lenses, but the trade off is reduced focal range.

Color and contrast lag behind the Minolta 24mm f/2.8. That being said, this lens still provides natural, saturated colors in nearly all shooting conditions. Compared to my Nikon 18-70mm AF-S, this Minolta is much more contrasty with much better color rendition.

I've noticed no problems with flare or vignetting at any apertures or focal lengths. The included lens hood does help to reduce flare. Chromatic aberration is well controlled and only noticeable in high contrast situations at the largest apertures. Curvature distortion is also well controlled at all focal lengths and is almost never noticeable.

Autofocus accuracy and speed are both good on the Sony A350. Even in low light, this lens tends to hunt very little. I purchased this lens new and as of yet, I haven't noticed any zoom creep even when pointed straight down at the floor. The zoom ring is well-dampened and the manual focus ring is easy to grip and fine tune.

Build quality is good, but not quite as good as the Minolta lenses of old. This is a reasonably heavy lens, which is good because it balances well on the A350 and provides for more stable shooting.

Although I much prefer constant maximum aperture lenses, f/3.5 - f/4.5 is a very usable range. At 24mm, f/3.5 is nearly as fast as my prime, and at 85mm, f/4.5 is as fast as my Minolta 100-200mm f/4.5 zoom. This makes it easy to integrate this lens into my workflow, and also allows just enough light in for those low-light outdoor shots when used in combination with the A350's SSS.

For its low current price, this lens is a must have if you need a zoom lens. I still prefer my Minolta primes, but when I need a "catch-all" lens, this one doesn't disappoint. A much better choice than the Sony 18-70mm kit lens.
reviewer#4182 date: Oct-6-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 16-80ZA (used on Alpha 700)
price paid:Ł199
positive:Compact & relatively lightweight. Impressively sharp.
negative:Nothing to speak of really, at least at this price
comment:Just bought this lens new (Ł199) from Warehouse Express (old stock) for my 5D, which I use as a backup for my Alpha 700. It's beautifully sharp and perfectly balanced for the 5D. I can see me using this camera/lens combo quite a lot now, at least for general walkabout etc, despite having the magnificent Alpha 700/16-80ZA combo.
reviewer#4022 date: Aug-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 own this lens
compared to:18-70 alpha kit lens
price paid:GBP 149 (used)
positive:color
sharpness
micro-contrast
negative:not much
comment:this Minolta lens phenomenal in comparison
to the get-you-started kit lens.
useful focal range for general photography.

i use Nikon F3/Nikkor system for longtime.
Now for digital i think i stay with Minolta.
I like even more. wish i had shot film in past
using KM.

reviewer#2933 date: Nov-16-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 own this lens
compared to:35-70 F4
28-135 F4-4.5
24 F2.8
Sigma 70-300 Apo Macro
price paid:100
positive:sharp
good colors
nice range (just not wide enough for digital)
negative:almost nothing
distorion at 24mm
comment:Like it a lot (especially sharpness and colors). Use it a lot. Great alround lens.
reviewer#2806 date: Sep-30-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 own this lens
compared to:- minolta 18-70
- sigma 10-20
- Minolta 35-70 f4
price paid:100 E
positive:- Sharp stopped down 1 stop
- color neutrality
- high contrast
- good range
negative:- zoom creep
- plastic on the zoom ring gets loose
- bokeh not so pleasant
comment:This lens can be had for 100 E and it is absolutely worth it.
From f5.6 onwards you can be confident that sharpness will be good at any focal length. Colors are great, distorsion is very low and range is useful. Detail and contrast is well preserved in the shadows with this lens. However, build quality is not great, zoom creep occurs, and the plastic on the zoom ring is loose on my copy. Also, the bokeh can be a bit intrusive in the pictures sometimes, meaning that you notice its roughness.
All in all, a great bargain and walkaround lens, is well complemented by a superwide angle zoom.
reviewer#2389 date: May-29-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Cheap Sigma 28-200, AF DT 18-70 Kit Lens
price paid:$170 USD (used)
positive:Sharp, vivid colors good stopped down in bright light.
negative:Zoom Creep
comment:I have just started using this lens but it works quite well. Very good colors and I love the size. Not bad if you can find it for less than I paid for it.
reviewer#1848 date: Feb-17-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:18-70mm kit lens
Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
Minolta 50mm 1.7 lens
Vivitar 100mm 3.5 macro
Minolta 70-210mm 4.5 - 5.6, Minolta 75-300mm 4.5-5.6
price paid:75.00 USD
positive:Very sharp, lightweight
negative:Flare
comment:I have only had this lens for an week and have been really amazed at the sharpness and vivid color it produces. This lens can easily become my favoroite lens. If you have the opportunity to pickup this lens used don't pass it up. This is an lens that can easily grew on you.
reviewer#1843 date: Feb-16-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 Old
Minolta 100-200mm F4.5
KM 18-70 F3.5-5.6
price paid:150 USD (old)
positive:Fast focus. Good colour, sharpness. Relatively cheap. Small and light weight.
negative:Not wide enough when used with DSLR. Front cap design is not good.
comment:This is a very good lens and i put it on my Dynax 5D most of the times, especially during travel. I suggest other owners to buy a Nikon lens cover so that the cover could be put on/off even hood is attached.
reviewer#1675 date: Jan-19-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 200/2.8 APO G,
Minolta 100/2.8 Soft Focus
Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-105/3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Great picture
negative:Poorly built
comment:It has an extremly sharp picture among the zooms, and the zoom range is very well usable. Unfortunately the built quality is not the best... But even so it's a really good lens, it's worth to buy!
reviewer#1351 date: Oct-26-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:35-105N
price paid:170 usd package
positive:Focuses quickly, nice color, not a large lens.
negative:Smaller range but still useful.
comment:While not as wide a range as some zoom lenses this seems to be a very nice lens. It seems to focus quickly and I just like the images better than the 35-105N that I also have. Since it appears the reviews can be updated then I will try to test against 28-85 and/or 28-135 and see how it compares & report back. Flare control was untested so I will have to update that as well.
reviewer#1083 date: Aug-12-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:DT 18-70mm Kit.
price paid:$:400.00 6 years ago
positive:Just cover my Sunpak AF-443 flash as it!
Very sharp, built very good, superb color rendition. Show me the subject/body distance.
negative:Today the zoon moves when it's downside. Sometime disturb me this issue.
comment:Really I love this lens, I change the lens cap by a "Tamron" one...so now I can cover the lens with the lens hood ON.

Highly recommended lens!
reviewer#778 date: May-11-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Zeiss Planar T* 50/1.7
Minolta AF 50/1.4
Minolta AF 24-105/3.5-4.5 (D)
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp and contrasty enough at 24-35 mm or when stopped down to f/8.
Lightweight and small all-around zoom.
Quite cheaper than 24-105.
Less flare-prone than expected.
negative:Zoom creep when in vertical position.
Small MF ring.
Not very useful in low light conditions.
Front cap is not manageable (put/remove) when the hood is attached.
AF slightly slower than24-105.
comment:Great lens in good-light shots, at f/8 put the sun at your back and you will get images with contrast and detail not far from the best glasses, edge to edge of the frame.

When shooting with the sun in the frame, you get some ghosting (obviously it doesn't match the Zeiss' quality), but this is expected for every zoom and many not-so-cheap prime lenses. I've not see any Chromatic Aberration.

Zoom creep can be annoying. Colour quality is just perfect.
reviewer#497 date: Feb-14-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX DC
KM 28-75 f2.8D
price paid:
missing
positive:Good zoom range, compact, good colours.
negative:Sharpness not as good as some, a little PF evident occasionally.
comment:A good walkround lens. Versatile, sharp and contrasty unless compared to more expensive glass. Focusses quickly and accurately.
reviewer#160 date: Oct-21-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:AF 18-70 (5D kit lens)
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
negative:Zoom Creep
comment:I bought this lens used, seems to be noticeably sharper than the KM 5D 18-70 kit lens. Quite a nice carry round lens on holidays. The zoom creeps easily if camera is pointed up or down. With its 62mm front filter thread I have been able to use my Olympus WCON-08B wideangle converter on the front of this lens, I will post some results with that combo later.
reviews found: 60    << 1 2

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 60
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.22
  • distortion: 4.32
  • flare control: 4.07
  • overall: 4.38

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