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

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reviewer#4491 date: Dec-7-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:24-105, 35-70/4, 18-70, 50/1.7, 50/1.4, 50/1.4RS, 58/1.2, 50/1.2
price paid:55gbp
positive:+As sharp as they get when you stop it down
+Good contrast
+Punchy colour
+Great build quality/feel
+Quick focus
+Great range
negative:-Colours can be too rich at times
-Flare control, especially when shooting into the sun, can be very hard to manage
-Distortion on Film/FF is very noticeable with some subjects, though I never noticed it at all on APS-C
-Bokeh CAN be odd, but generally still good. In the right lighting, this can produce very smooth, creamy bokeh. In the wrong lighting, the bokeh is either very harsh or even donutty (like a mirror lens).
comment:Used as my everywhere lens for a long time. Very fond of it. Eventually traded it off for a 17-50/2.8, which I'm not 100% impressed with.

I think this lens is amazing value for money. The photos it takes are just so rich with detail and colour. As I say, the only thing that was occationally a problem was flare or glare. The tamron with its digital coating is better in that regard.

I highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for something really sharp as an everywhere lens and can work with the 36mm min. equiv. FOV. IMO 36 is just wide enough to make it very usable. I never really had any issues with lack of width, just for inside shots it started to become an issue.

A top class lens.
reviewer#4470 date: Dec-4-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF24-105D F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF28-85 Macro
Minolta AF28-135 F4-4.5
Sigma AF18-200 DC
price paid:
missing
positive:Reasonable zoom range also on APS-C
Build quality
Full Frame
Autofocus speed
negative:Not ADI compatible
comment:The Minolta AF24-85RS F3.5-4.5 is on par with new "digital" designed carry-around lenses, but I find the colors better on this one. The zoom range is also good on APS-C, and nice to know that it can be used on a FF camera, just in case.

Only minor disadvantage is that this lens is not ADI compatible. However, I have never really experienced noticable difference between ADI and non-ADI lenses by flash shooting.

I only sold this lens as I bought a Minolta AF24-105D instead.
reviewer#4394 date: Nov-16-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 18-70 kitlens
- MK beercan 70-210 f4
price paid:euro 140 used
positive:-very sharp
-better then the kitlens
-colors like my beercan
-no flare
-no distortion noticed
-nice bokeh
-very cheap
-not too heavy
negative:sun cap to large with internal flash with 24 wide mode.
comment:I use this lens as a walkaround on my alpha 350. Good results but sharpness increases if you use f8. In wide 24 with internal flash the suncap is too large and makes shadow in the pictures. Astonishing colors and sharpness for such a low price. I'm very pleased with it.
reviewer#4360 date: Nov-12-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 35/1.4G
Minolta 50/2.8 macro I
Minolta 85/1.4G
Tokina 20-35/3.5-4.5 II
Minolta 28-100 kit
Sony 18-70 kit
price paid:465 USD new in 1999
positive:Very sharp
Good flare control
Compact size
Fast internal focus
Effective flower hood
negative:Bokeh
comment:My favorite travel zoom for film. Very good sharpness and flare control. Negligible soft effect at wide open in the range 50-85 mm. The only weak point is bokeh at middle distance range.
reviewer#4344 date: Nov-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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:Tamron 17-50 f2.8
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:$75.00 US Used
positive:Light weight, fast focus. Fairly sharp
negative:Build is only OK. I prefer the older metal lenses. Purple fringe.
comment:I wanted a lens a bit wider than 28mm and found this one locally with both caps and hood.
Took it out on a trip today and gave it a bit of a wringing out.

Even without the sun in the image I managed to get a halo from flare, when I tried to adjust in the viewfinder I found this lens flares quite a bit. Purple fringe can be pretty bad also. Stopped down it has very nice sharpness and color is typical Minolta.
The more I use this lens the more I like it. On cropped sensor you have the equivalent field of view of a 36-127mm.

This may be the almost perfect walk around lens in it's price point.
reviewer#4145 date: Sep-29-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 28-85
Minolta 28-105 RS
Minolta 35-105
price paid:89 GBP
positive:Sharpness
Beautiful colour
No noticeable distortion
Inexpensive
negative:None
comment:Lovely lens; cosmetically identical to the 28-105RS

Razor sharp at f8, just a touch softer wide open.
Beautiful colour rendition.

If you find one, buy it
reviewer#4122 date: Sep-22-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 HS G
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
price paid:125 USD
positive:sharpness
fast AF
filter size
fixed front element
small
sharp on wide
great color
great contrast
3.5 MTF
negative:none to speak of
comment:This lens is a great performer for what I use it for. Mine doesn’t wobble in any way. I don't get into situations where CA is a problem, or flare for that matter; however this lens is much better for flare than the 1st version. The colors are dreamy and the sharpness and contrast are excellent for the price. Actually from F7.1 the sharpness is matched by few zooms of any price. It is lighter than my 28-135 by a long shot and also offers great ability. It trounces the 18-70 kit lens and is well balanced on the camera. It received a 3.5 MTF rating from a well respected site, which rated the KM 28-70 G a 3.7. It has great performance for the price.
reviewer#3921 date: Aug-3-2008
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:18-125mm Sigma
24-105mm Konica Minolta
price paid:$200 (new)
positive:Superb colour
Sharpness
Consistent optical performance
Fast focusing
Low distortion on APS-C
Low CA's
negative:Not very wide on APS-C
Heavy
comment:This lens is classic Minolta glass which gives it superb colour rendition. It's optical performance is very consistent, with no "bad spots" in aperture or focal length combinations. Wide open it is slightly soft, but stopped down to f/5.6 it is very sharp at all focal lengths corner to corner. All in all a very competent lens. It is my favored zoom lens right now for my Sony a700 DSLR until I buy something more suitable for the APS-C size sensor that is just as sharp. My 18-125mm Sigma does not compare well to this lens for colour or sharpness, but I use it when I absolutely need the focal length range. I sold my 24-105mm KM lens as the 24-85mm has better optical quality and less distortion. If you can live with the limited wide end on an APS-C sensor then it is an excellent lens choice.
reviewer#3271 date: Feb-17-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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:Minolta - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta - AF 50 F1.7
Minolta - AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
Sigma - 28-200 F3.5-5.6 DG Macro
Sigma - 70-300 F4-5.6 APO Macro Super II
Tokina - AF 19-35 F3.5-4.5
price paid:120 USD
positive:sharpness
fast AF
good build
small and good filter size 62mm
non rotating front element
speed AF

negative:not enough wide open on APSC



comment:I like this lens a lot! I wish a bit wider end /on APSC 36-127, but itś perfectly lens for walk arround.
reviewer#2871 date: Oct-26-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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:135 f2.8
50 f1.7
35-40 f4
28-75 f2.8
24 f2.8
price paid:200€ (USED)
positive:Great range
Good build
Very good at 24 mm
Low distorsion
negative:Soft before f/5.6 at 35-85 mm
Odd bokeh
Not a D-lens (flash)
comment:I have been using this lens for 3 years.
I don't use the 85mm position for portrait anymore because of the bokeh which is not fine (correct for a zoom but so far from my wonderful prime 135 f2.8)
This lmens is quite weak before f/5.6, but nothing to claim about. The center is always very good whereas corners sometimes "fly away", even stopped down at 24mm.
Very decent build anyway.
Flare control is good (+hood well done).
Just sold (110€) to by the 24 prime + 28-75
reviewer#2801 date: Sep-29-2007
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:18-70/3.5-5.6
35-70/4
28-85/3.5-4.5
price paid:175$ (used, 2007)
positive:Good range and speed
good af speed
relatively small
sharp 24-70 mm
negative:slightly soft at 70-85mm when wide open
odd bokeh
comment:After reading good reviews here, I decided to replace my trusted 28-85/3.5-4.5 with this one. Lens I got looks like new. Build quality is better than I expected, zooming works fine, lens does not zoom in/out when in vertical position. Distortions at 24mm are not as bad as I expected, Actually, my old 28-85 distorts more at 28mm than this lens at 24mm

Sharpness is good at all focal lengths and apertures, except 70-85 range wide open - you will notice "dreamy" bokeh CA. At F6.3 it is good again. Lens is extremely sharp from F7.1 Regular CAs are almost non existent for this lens. Colors are saturated and contrast is high.

After all I wrote here, I have to admit, that I still use 28-85 more often - it's not that sharp, but it has better bokeh, images looks like from beercan.
reviewer#2623 date: Aug-10-2007
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:Tamron 24-70/3.3-5.6
Sigma 28-80/3.5-5.6
Minolta 50/1.7 RS
Tokina 80-200/2.8 ATX
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:Good range, sharpness, color, contrast
negative:Build Quality
comment:Very good lens for the price. My only problem with this lens is the build quality. The zoom ring is too loose. If I view with the camere up or down it tends too zoom spontaneously a little. A little annoying. Except this is problem it is a very very good lens!
reviewer#2522 date: Jul-7-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105mm f3.5-4.5
Minolta 25-50 f4
Sigma 24-70mm EX f2.8
price paid:30000 Yen
positive:Compact
Good resolution and colour

negative:No serious complaints
comment:The Minolta 24-85mm variable aperture zoom was a useful extension of the previously common 28-xx zooms, in fact the original version was probably the first "standard" zoom to offer 24mm when it was launched.

Sharpness at centre is very good. In fact, technical tests revealed that resolution at the very centre measures around 600 line per milimetre, much more than would ever be recorded on film or sensor. Corners are somewhat lower resoltion, especially at 24mm and full aperture. Wide open, centre sharpness is still very good, but corners less so on full frame. Stopping down improves things and resolution at centre and edge becomes very good.

It is important with this type of lens to consider the fact that the variable maximum aperture, and modest overall "speed", gives the designers some freedom to tackle other aspects of the design such as resolution and distortion control. Fixed fast aperture zooms may have the benfit of being stopped down half or one stop to match the speed of a lens such as this, but their higher maximum aperture means the designers were wrestling with greater challenges over vignetting and distortion. Often absolute resolution on equal aperture with vairable zooms such as this offers little benefit beyond slightly better corners. Full frame corners are clearly this lenses greatest weakness at 24mm, wide open or stopped down. However, you must bear in mind that this is part of the limitation of a 24-xx zoom lens design. Clearly, a 24mm prime lens will out-perform it.

This lens appears to use a technique used by lens designers to increase the apparent sharpness, where high edge contrast gives the impression of very high resoltion, even where that resolution does not exist. Image contrast and edge contrast are very good, and combined with very high central image resolution, results appear sharp. (This technique has certianly been used by other Minolta designs such as some generations of the 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 zoom). Overall resoltion would rate as very good.

The colour and contrast are very good. Colours are well saturated, and the lens has some similarities with some of the "classic" Minolta lenses of the 1970s and 80s which gave a very fluid, water-like colour. This was rumoured to be similar to the look of some Leica lens designs which favoured micro-contrast (the ability to record minute changes in contrast, colour and shading) rather than absolute resoltion. It tended to give a very "3D" effect to pictures that look very "real", as if the viewer could step into. Overall colour would rate easily as very good.

Bukeh isn't bad for a zoom. It has a circular aperture (which typically works from full aperture down by about 2 stops, after which the aperture starts to become geometric), therefore background highlights can be rendered as circular highlights when out of focus.

The build is engineering grade plastic and some metal. It is neither very light not very heavy, and balances well on the camera. Overall build quality would rate as very good to very good "plus".

Distortion is well controlled for a zoom, with some barrelling and pin-cushioning at the wide and long ends respectively. Distortion compares favourably to many "standard" zooms, and rates as very good.

I have never had a problem with flare with this lens. It was one of the first Minolta lenses I saw that has proper "petal" shaped lens hood, rather than the designs previously used by Minolta where the hood was the same width all the way around that the widest end of the lens allowed, which as hoods were almost useless. (See the hood for the lovely 35-200mm Xi as an example). Flare control therefore rates as very good or "plus".

Overall, a very sharp, arguably ever so sligthly better than the 24-105mm that replaced it.
reviewer#2384 date: May-28-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 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:
missing
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:Cheap, Compact, Fast AF
negative:Distortion,loose focus ring.
comment:Well build feel not too light weight.
24 mm is wide angle enought for 35 mm.
The wider for me is Fisheye, no need 20 mm.
reviewer#2236 date: May-1-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:KM 50/1.7
KM 70-210/4 beercan
KM 35-105/3.5-4.5
Sony 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:120 USD (ebay)
positive:Sharp wide open, low CA, IF, compact/light, fast AF, cheap!
negative:Small hood for APS-C, small focus ring
comment:I bought this lens as a kit lens replacement; I knew I would lose the 18-24 range but I don't miss it, as I shoot at farther ranges usually. I got this lens from ebay for cheap, and I have been nothing but amazed with this. What a great kit lens replacement!

I've tested the lens sharpness at different lengths (on a testing chart at full magnification). On the 24mm end, it is sharp wide open, and very sharp 1 stop down. On the 85mm end it is slightly soft wide open, and sharpens 1-2 stops down. For real photos (i.e. not testing charts), the lens is quite sharp wide open, and razor sharp at f8 throughout.

The colors on this lens are the very traditional 'Minolta' colors, pretty much identical to the beercan, and are very pleasing. Out of focus effects (bokeh) is very smooth, as nice as the beercan is even. Unlike the beercan, the 24-85 has very little CA. This lens is definitely a winner, and very cheap too.

I'm not so sure how it fairs against flaring, as the hood supplied is kind of small (especially for APS-C), but I haven't noticed anything bad yet. Build is good, it is made of hard plastics and feels sturdy; of course it isn't a metal lens. Autofocus is very fast on my Sony A100. Anyhow this lens is way better than the kit, and I'll be keeping this lens until I can afford a CZ16-80 or a constant f2.8 lens.
reviewer#1232 date: Sep-26-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tokina 28-70, 2.6-2.8, Atx Pro
Canon 24 - 105L
price paid:L150.00 (new)
positive:Well built within its price range. Sharp with good contrast and colour
negative:None really considering its cost.
comment:I find the Minolta 24-85 performs beter than my Tokina 28-70, 2.6-2.8, ATX Pro, and this is borne out by MTF figures on Photodo. The 24-85mm was the last Minolta lens I bought, about half its original price from a dealer in Tottenham Court Road, London, who had a load of them (in 2002) Update: Not bad on the Sony A7R at the wide end, not so good at the long.

Update: now used as a nice walk around lens on my a900 and still pleased with its overall performance. Very sharp and good colour. The extending lens barrel has developed some scuffs, which spoils its cosmetic looks, but it delivers the goods. I wish Sony/Zeiss would develop some smaller aperture full frame lenses (and therefore cheaper and less bulky) in the wide and standard zoom area.
reviewer#1212 date: Sep-22-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:- 35/1.4
- 35/2
- 28/2
- 28/2.8
- etc
price paid:125usd (as new)
positive:- size and weight
- colours
- sharpness
- decent range
- decent AF (internal focus)
negative:- CA in some conditions
- zoom creep
- a little 'tolerance' in the focus ring
- zoom bokeh
comment:A really nice all-rounder with few compromises. What I look for in a lens is the ability to use it without having to think too hard about its limitations. This lens can be used at full aperture at all focal lengths without sacrificing much in the way of sharpness. Colours are actually wonderful, and I have had no problems with flare.

Compromises are bokeh and CA af full apertures (colour rating of 3 because of CA). The focus ring also has a little 'play' or 'tolerance' that can make MF just a little difficult (but I am a stickler for build quality...this lens sits next to my Takumar collection!).

It's also a great deal at current prices.
reviewer#1119 date: Aug-25-2006
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 own this lens
compared to:KM 17-35/2.8-4
M 17-35/3.5
Minolta 70-210/4
Canon lenses

Full frame:
Sony CZ 24-70/2.8
Minolta 28-70/2.8G
price paid:€100,- used A-grade
positive:Light and compact
neutral colour
good range
build quality
negative:none for the price, it ain't a G-lens
little more wide would be nice
comment:I like this lens more and more , it is light, compact, good quality.

This is a very good lens for the price and a bargain. The build is plastic but it is well put together. It looks like it can handle everything except a war-zone. By comparison the 17-35/2.8-4 feels less well put together.

The colors are neutral yet vibrant. Pictures are clear and have a feel of openess to them. It is a totaly different lens from the 70-210/4, but equally capable.
I didn't see distortion and flare.

Its range is very usefull both on film and on APS-C (35-135 35mm eq.) as a walk around. It is a lightweight. It is f4 from 28 till 70, that makes it just one stop slower then the M 28-70/2.8 and it weights much less.

I think this is underrated in the market - it is a bargain. It is the cheapest more or less usable lens that delivers good quality pictures.

Edit: Several years on there are much more lenses available and I've used it some on full frame as well. Time to add some remarks on use on full frame as well.

On full frame the corners are so-so. As a package the lens is good enough. I use the 28-70G and CZ 24-70/2.8 as mine main normal lenses on full frame aand those are better. However if you use it around f/5.6 it still is a good lens. I thow it in my bag as a back-up lens these days and when my 24-70/2.8 broke on a trip to Kenia the 24-85 did a good job. If your pressed for money or if you want something lighter then an f/2.8 lens this is one you should consider.
reviewer#1080 date: Aug-11-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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:24-50, 24-85, 28-135
price paid:125 USD(used as new)
positive:low ca, low distortion at 24mm and very low distortion at tele end, as sharp as the 24-50mm in the full range.
negative:none
comment:Compact, good build quality. Low price. Very good standard zoom. Good wide open, very good one stop down and excellent
at f8. Good corner sharpness on aps size.
reviewer#932 date: Jun-23-2006
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70/3.5-5.6
KM 28-75/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact lens
Very nice colors
Fairly sharp
negative:Bokeh not the best
comment:A very nice lens for standard use. Sharper than the kit lens, especially at the long end, with better local contrast. The KM 28-75/2.8 is clearly sharper wide open, but some may prefer the somewhat cooler colour rendition of the 24-85. In addition it has better range. Focusing is very fast and perfectly OK in ordinary use.

In small to medium-sized prints I doubt that one would see the sharpness difference to the KM 28-75.
reviewer#619 date: Mar-23-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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 used to own this lens
compared to:35-70 3.5 4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:compact, nice quality
negative:flare control,
comment:this lens is as good as 35-70 3.5-4.5 in a similarly compact and unprovocative (is that a word?) form. it has better range, sharpness is slightly lower than the 35-70

very similar and beautiful color characteristic. sweet sweet lens.

with a 5d and this lens one can shoot happily while people don't mind and almost pity you (as opposed to 24-70 sigma giant)
reviewer#341 date: Dec-24-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp.
Nice colours.
Compact.
negative:None
comment:Very nice walkaround lens. The 24 mm is a nice compromise between the 28 or 17/19 mm lenses. Its a light and compact lens.
reviewer#27 date: Dec-9-2004
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact, nice range for digital
negative:Speed, especially at the long end. Flare/sensor reflexes.
comment:Fast autofocus, sharp for a zoom. Not ideal for digital application as the rear element lacks the sufficient coating and will cause flare/reflexes from the sensor.

Still my favorite zoom for casual use though.
reviews found: 53    << 1 2

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 53
  • sharpness: 4.41
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.34
  • distortion: 4.19
  • flare control: 4.11
  • overall: 4.35

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