Minolta AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 D A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#7880 date: Aug-27-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MINOLTA 24-85
TAMRON 28-75
price paid:545 USD (new)
positive:Very good on both FF and APS-C cameras
negative:Needs to be stepped down to f8- 11 to get rid of vignetting.
Rubber band on focus ring came off, had to glue it.
comment:I used this as my standard zoom on my 7D for many years. On APS-C it is very good. Gives nice picktures, has all The Minolta-look.

A very nice walk around lence both for APS-c and FF.
reviewer#7486 date: May-26-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit
24-85 new
28-135
50 F/1.7
beercan
price paid:110 euro
positive:Sharp for a zoom.
Very compact for the range.
Useful range on APS-C.
negative:Neutral / hard colors.
Zoom ring hard to rotate.
comment:After reading the reviews this looked the perfect walk around for my A100 as an upgrade of the kit lens. And I have to say I'm not disappointed in it's very useful range and excellent sharpness. The zoom ring on my version is a bit stiff but workable. Build quality is below the beercan range and even a step below the 'new' range.

I never got satisfied with the IQ. Bokeh is ok but I never got that 3D feeling which I get with the 28-135. The colors come out very neutral, almost flat and hard. A lot different compared to the traditional Minolta feel of the beercan range. I've tried it with a skylight 1a filter but that also did not lead to satisfactory IQ. So in the end I sold it.
reviewer#7407 date: May-6-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-105/3.5-4.5 RS
price paid:
missing
positive:good zoom rage
D lens
great build
lightweight
good zoom rage
negative:purple flare
not a lot sharp at TA
comment:I tested the 28-105 vs the 24-105 and the 24 is clearly a lot more prone to purple flare and ca than the 28 that is also more sharp at TA.

The 24-105 has also the D capability(ADI support)but keep in mind that in the new cameras(latest digital minolta and all sony)the ADI works also whithout a D lens,it's theorically less precise but i didn't get any difference between my two lens.

The zoom range is perfect for indoor shots and the build is absoluty perfect!

The sony version has the same optical scheme and should give similar results,i recommend the 28-105(RS if possible) if you can find it for sharpness and CA even if it's a little more heavy.
reviewer#7384 date: May-2-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5 N
Minolta - AF 70-210 F4 (beercan)
Sony - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
price paid:EUR140
positive:Range
Weight
Non rotating front
negative:Zoom ring has some resistance between 35-50 mm
Slight backfocus
comment:A big step up in quality compaired to the kit lens. Image quality comparable with my Min 35-105. I think the 35-105 is slightly sharper. Colors of the beercan are nicer.
reviewer#7247 date: Apr-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Maxxum 28-85, 35-105, 50 1.7, 28 2.8, 100-200, 75-300D
price paid:$237
positive:Nice zoom range on A 700, produces mostly quality images throughout the zoom range, seems to sparkle the best at about 85mm. Good walkaround lens for outdoor events but of course will require a flash indoors, results with both pop up flash and my Sony 42 have been OK. Lens is very light and compact and handles/ balances perfectly on my A 700 with Sony VG attached. Very quick and accurate focusing lens.
negative:Picked up my copy from a trusted ebay seller in real nice condition, super clean optics no issues. Build seems a little weak compared to my vintage Maxxum AF optics, the rubber zoom ring has stretched a bit//loose (annoying) and the MF is not crisp, the zoom action does not feel as smooth as my 35-105, 28-85 or 100-200. Appears to hang up a bit at the 50mm range. The goofy looking petal hood is required outdoors.
comment:I was saving for either a Tamron 17-50, Z 16-80 or Sony 16-105 but ran short on cash. Missed by pennies 2 ebay auctions for new in box Sony 24-105 and overpaid a bit ($237) for this from a trusted ebay seller.

Quality lens is producing OK results but I will replace eventually as I am displeased with the build. If anyone has any thoughts on how to replace a stretched out/ loose rubber cover on the zoom ring with something a bit more sturdy I would appreciate hearing about it. I have implemented a temporary DOIY fix by building up under the rubber ring with a couple of layers of electrical tape....better but still sloppy.

Of course this blows away the kit Sony 18-70 which I immediately passed on to my youngster. As stated, it focused quickly and accurately and gets the job done with usable images.

In summary a decent lens, would be a lot better if I had paid $150 instead.

reviewer#7122 date: Mar-19-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4.5
price paid:190€ (used)
positive:Vivid colors
Excellent autofocus
Good bokeh
negative:Purple fringe
Zoom sluggish and notchy
comment:You got to decide by yourself, whether you need less than 24 mm at the short end, but if not, this lens will be an excellent everyday choice.
I highly appreciate the zoom range on APS-C and I'm amazed of how precise the autofocus works.
Had a family event last Saturday and there was exactly one out of 103 photographs taken thad was not focussed as I wanted it.
This lens tends to produce purple fringing on high contrast edges fully open, but getting better stopped down. Same to CA. Both can be corrected later - got a GIMP plugin to reduce PF, works great.
Got brilliant results at F/4.5 24 mm and also at F/5.6 105 mm.
To put it short: I really like this lens!
reviewer#6919 date: Feb-17-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di
Min 50mm f/1.7
Min 200mm Apo HS G f/2.8
Min 80-200 Apo HS G f2.8
Sigma 18mm Zen f/3.5
price paid:150 USD
positive:light, fast to focus,
colours
The sort of lens you take when you go on holiday
negative:soft when wide open.
comment:An Ok lens.....nothing fantastic, but not disappointing either. I find I hardly use it (except when I am away on holiday and don't want to risk my very good lens from being stolen).
reviewer#6918 date: Feb-16-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 18-70.
sigma 17-70
price paid:150
positive:small, nice focal range, build quality (feels sturdy)
negative:Soft wide open, manual focus is tight. Not sure if its just my copy or not.
comment:Picked this lens up used. Looked in almost new condition. I noticed later that manual focus on the lens was very tight. I don't do manual focus to often so not a big deal for me. Auto focus is fast and usually good. Is soft wide open but stop it down a bit and its sharp. I like the focal range but sometimes miss having 18mm at the wide end. Good excuse to get a 10-20 lens or something similar. Still thinking about the Sigma 17-70. If it would come down in price I may grab one, otherwise I'm happy with this lens. Good walkaround lens and I like it better than the 18-70 kit.
reviewer#6511 date: Dec-4-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-200mm
price paid:Came with Maxxum 7
positive:Build,size,zoom range, aperture range, sharpness
negative:none I could see
comment:I got this nifty very compact lens as part of a Maxxum 7 + VG deal for $250 or so. I love the lens as a general walk about lens on the Maxxum 7 and also on my Sony Alpha A700.

I just picked up a Minolta 28-135mm lens and will compare the two to see which is sharper. In any case, the 24-105mm wins for me because of its very small size and light weight.

I updates some scores from 4 to five given the cost/benefit ratio of this little gem.

reviewer#6363 date: Nov-10-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Tamron 17-50/2.8
- Sigma 28-70/2.8 (old)
- 28-135/4-4.5
- Nasty sharp macro's from Minolta
price paid:150 EUR(2nd hand)
positive:- Well build
- Quite sharp
- Compact
- Good rings & materials
- Seems to handle distortion well
- Fast and rather silent focus
negative:- Some fringing
- Vignetting
- It's a compromise lens
comment:I bought this lens as a allround compromise lens for everyday shooting, maybe a wedding or some architecture.

I like the build quality which is better than Tamron and Sigma. It's not a tank like some classic Minolta's but surely it feels well made, also the hood.

I use macro's for reproductions so I don't care it's not perfect. It surely is better than my old Sigma 28-70/2.8 in terms of sharpness. Stopped down it becomes a pretty sharp lens from edge to edge.

I'd recommend this lens for everybody that looks for a versatile lens for general shooting. It's a modern lens and fits me better than the legendary locomotive 28-135/4-4.5, which I consider outdated in terms of focus and distortion.
reviewer#5841 date: Aug-12-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di
Minolta 28-135mm
Minolta 35-70mm F4
Minolta 28-85mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 100mm Macro
Tamron 90mm AF Macro
price paid:200 USD (used)
positive:- Decent Range
- Sharp
- Light Weight
- ADI
negative:- Slightly soft corners at wide open
- Stiff Zoom Ring
comment:I bought this lens to be used as my walk-around/travel lens for the A700. The Tamron 17-50 has served me nicely for over 2 years but occasionally, in very dusty environment and on strenuous hikes, I wish it had a slightly longer reach, so I didn't have to change to or even carry the Sony 70-300 G SSM (before the purchase of the G it was the Big Beercan). Prior to the purchase of this lens I also considered the K/M 28-135mm for its legendary sharpness but decided the 28mm on an APS-C camera is not wide enough, and that the minimum focus distance of 5 ft. on the 28-135mm is yet another major disadvantage. So I bid on an auction on eBay and won my copy of the 24-105mm.

This lens is not as sharp as some of the good primes such as Minolta 100mm Macro or the Tamron 90mm AF Macro, even the Tamron 17-50mm produces slightly sharper images than this lens, but this lens is still very sharp for a zoom lens. The light weight is great for long hikes. And don't be fooled by the lack of macro mode, its short minimum focus distance of less than 2 ft. (at the focal length of 105mm) makes up for that and renders this lens very usable for close-up shots of flowers and other small subjects.

I am very surprised by the comments about severe CA in other reviews, since my copy exhibits little flare and CA. I have deliberately shot images in high contrast lighting situations in the hope to observe how severe the CA was, but couldn't find any worth mentioning. However, I must admit that my copy came with a Heliopan SH-PMC UV filter (currently selling for $80+ new at B&H), which may have been a factor and stopping down a bit definitely helps.

Overall this lens is an exceptional value for its performance and zoom range.

Edit 8/30/09: I've used this lens for over 6 months now. After reviewing recent (my own) test results on charts and that from real-life images, I changed the rating from a 4.5 to a 5 on sharpness. As stated above, it's not as sharp as the primes such as Tamron 90, but upon closer examination it's just as sharp as the Tamron 17-50, and with better micro-contrast than the Minolta 28-135 (recently acquired a used copy in mint condition); considering its focal range and price of $200 I think it deserves a 5.
reviewer#5662 date: Jul-7-2009
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28- 135 f4-4.5, Sony alpha 18-70 DT, Minolta 35-70 f4, Minolta 70-210 f4, minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6
price paid:265USD
positive:Light weight, ADI, durable and nice build, decent range, Sharp.
negative:soft at wide end, colors not so great, CA, Flare,
comment:I heard a lot of good reviews about this lens so went ahead to get this one. This lens gave me disappointing results. The chromatic aberration was so high that i did not even care to use it again in bright lighting conditions. Overall, i would say this is a decent lens with decent range with not so bad color reproduction. disappointment comes when you shoot in bright lighting conditions with the flare and CA
reviewer#5543 date: Jun-16-2009
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony/Carl Zeiss - Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
Sony - AF DT 16-105 F3.5-5.6
Sony - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Minolta - AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5 N
price paid:230 USD (Used)
positive:+ Light weight
+ Compact
+ Fast focusing
negative:- Not wide for APC-S
- Range
- Not so good picture quality
comment:Intend to keep it for full frame in future. But noted that it shows severe distortion, CA, vignetting and loss outer field sharpness in many reviews. In addition, having acquired a 16-105, it got sold.
reviewer#5492 date: Jun-2-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-70 f4
price paid:130 gbp
positive:Good one lens solution
Good sharpness for a zoom
Neutral colour
negative:Occasional flare
comment:Great general purpose lens - effective 36mm on the 5D is a bit limiting but it is a quality lens that can be picked up for a steal second hand.
reviewer#5398 date: May-17-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 RS
Sony SAL 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-200mm f/4.5-5.6 xi
Minolta 28-85mm AF f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 24-85mm RS f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105mm AF (original)
Sigma 28-105mm UCII f/3.5-5.6
KM 28-75mm f/2.8 D
Minolta 35-70mm f/4 (original)
Minolta 35-80mm f/3.5-5.6
Minolta 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6
KM 28-100mm f/3.5 -5.6 D

price paid:49.50 GBP (new)
positive:It's a solidly made compact lens which performed perfectly on APS-C, very sharp centrally, great colour
negative:On full frame, it shows severe distortion, CA, vignetting and loss of wide aperture outer field sharpness - it's almost unusable on the A900, which is why it got sold
comment:My 24-105mm only cost Ł49.50 new after the KM meltdown clearances. It was my main lens on the D7D then A100, until the 16-80mm CZ appeared - even after that, I found the range of the 24-105 a better match for my 11-18mm and 100-300mm APO D with the A700, and used it for travel. I had real hopes it would become my standard zoom for the A900, but even the briefest first tests proved it was just unsuitable for professional full frame use. I tried a whole bunch of older wide to tele zooms before discovering the 28-105mm RS - which has none of the faults of the 24-105mm. Of the other lenses bought/tried/sold, only the 28-75mm and Sigma 28-105mm remain in my kit. The 28-75mm is a superior lens when range is not needed. The Sigma lives in the studio attached to a D7D and is very happy at f/14 shooting my product pix.
reviewer#5393 date: May-16-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-135 f2.8-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Small and durable build, seems to be plenty sharp particularly stopped down one stop, bokeh, no zoom creep, zoom and focus rings nice and tight, but relatively dampened well.
negative:Not particularly sharp when wide open, focus ring rather stiff thanks to clutch mechanism (see remarks below)
comment:Some previous reviews claim the build quality is not good. I beg to differ. The build of this lens is excellent. Sure, the external body is made of polycarbonate, but it is durable enough and the inside of the lens obviously has plenty of metal (and glass) due to its weight. Optical quality is also to par. On my A700 & Maxxum 5D I have gotten some great pictures. Vignetting isn't really an issue with an APS-C sensor. I can't say for a full frame camera. The zoom ring has no creep and it feels good. The focus ring is a bit stiff, but it does have a clutch mechanism to prevent it from rotating when in AF mode. This accounts for the added stiffness.

I would definitely recommend this lens or its new Sony variant if you are looking for a decent range on APS-C or Full Frame cameras. However, I feel that my Sigma 24-135 f2.8-4.5 (that I don't own anymore) was a bit better in the sharpness department; particularly wide open. If Sigma was to release that lens again as a "DG" lens maybe even an "EX" designation with HSM I would probably buy it.
reviewer#5330 date: May-3-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit
Minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:$200USD
positive:Great zoom range
Small and compact when collapsed.
Pretty fast focus. Fairly sharp when stopped down.
negative:chromatic aberrations on high-contrast subjects can rear its ugly head.
Soft when wide open
comment:Small, compact, versatile - perfect for my main walk-about lens. The zoom and focus rings are well dampened. My focus ring has a little bit of play in it, perhaps due to the auto-clutch mechanism?

It's main downfall is chromatic aberration on high contrast subjects. I shot some birds of prey at the Vancouver aquarium. With the dark coloured hawk against the bright blue sky, you could see the blue fringing around the bird. Same with the bald eagle's white head against darker backgrounds.

Overall, I find it a good walk-about and vacation lens
reviewer#4812 date: Feb-5-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:275 US
positive:This lense is very sharp, built tough, and covers a nice range
negative:minor softness in extreme corners at 24mm
comment:I have been very pleased with this lens on my FF camera. It seems to be very sharp, and covers the range I use a great deal. I think the lense is overlooked by too many folks, who if they tried it.....they would love it.
reviewer#4811 date: Feb-5-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:This lense is very sharp, built tough, and covers a nice range
negative:minor softness in extreme corners at 24mm
comment:I have been very pleased with this lens on my FF camera. It seems to be very sharp, and covers the range I use a great deal. I think the lense is overlooked by too many folks, who it they tried it.....they would love it.
reviewer#4693 date: Jan-16-2009
sharpness: 3
color: 4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- SAL 24-105
- beercan
- 16-80za
- 24-70za
- Minolta 28-135
- and price from range (24,35, 50, 85, 100)
price paid:230 used
positive:+ Light weight
+ Compact
+ Very fast focusing
+ Good range for APS-C cfmeras
negative:- Not sharp wide open (My copy was acceptable at F5.6-F7.1)
- bokeh
- extends on zooming
- non SSM
comment:I used this lens for half of year. Basically as travel zoom.
On APS-C cameras this lens does no have wide angle, but as travel zoom it covers 90% my shots in good conditions. With 50/1.4 this lens gets ultimate light, fast focusing kit, that covers practically all my everyday situations.
I use this lens basically stop down for sharpness and get some portraits 4.5@105. 16-80 have better colors, contrast, significantly more sharper wide open (at 35-80).

For me 16-80ZA much better on APS-C cameras. Have better sharpness, colors, contrast, better bokeh, comparable fast AF.
reviewer#4471 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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF24-85RS F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF28-85 Macro F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF28-135 F4-4.5
Sigma AF18-200 DC F3.5-6.3
Sigma AF17-70 DC F2.8-4.5
Cosina AF28-105 F2.8-3.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Zoom range acceptable on APS-C
ADI compatible
Build quality
Autofocus speed
negative:Too expensive
comment:Comparing this lens with modern super zoom's such as Sigma AF17-70DC and Sigma AF18-200DC, this older design performs on par with these in regard to sharpness and has resonable zoom-range also on APS-C.

Another advantage is ADI compatibility, and I have never had any misfires with this lens as e.g. has happened on a few occasions with the (ADI-compatible) Sigma AF17-70DC.

I think the best thing about this lens is that it is ready for use on a FF camera, but the lens is overrated in general and too expensive (as new Sony branded lens, but reasonable when bought used). Well, it's a good performer, but it's not anywhere near the famous Minolta AF28-135 in image quality. The Minolta AF28-135 on the other hand is not so wide on APS-C as the AF24-105D.

I bought my Minolta AF24-105D to replace a Minolta AF24-85RS, and they are very similar in (good) performance - with this one having the advantage of being ADI compatible.

A thing that is to be said is that color and bohek is nicer on the Minolta AF24-xxx lenses compared to the modern Sigma super-zoom's, but on a daily basis I still prefer to use my Sigma AF18-200 as carry-around lens (due to it's range).
For high-quality pictures the Sigma AF28-135 is unbeatable, so this leaves the Minolta AF24-105D in an odd situation where it is not used very much in real life.

However, the Minolta AF24-105D is a keeper - as I hope to use it as an inexpensive kind of kit-lens for a FF camera some day in the future.

Should you buy one (or another Minolta AF24-xxx lens for that matter)? Yes, if you want an upgrade to the kit-lens and a lens that may have future potential (FF) - but note that modern DC super-zoom's are on par with this in most aspects (apart from FF capability and color). So buy it when you find a used one at a reasonable price, but don't buy a new Sony branded (as it's too expensive).
reviewer#4229 date: Oct-13-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Min 28-85mm
Min 35-105mm Macro
SAL 18-70mm
price paid:225 USD (MINT)
positive:- The range is perfect for walkaround
- Excellent sharpness
- Fast focus
- nice weight (not too light, not heavy)
negative:- CA with high contrast/day light when wide open.

comment:I bought this lens as a true replacement to my Kit lens and have used it for 7 months now. I feel the lens can be appropriately reviewed. The 24-105 gives me the perfect balance of sharpness, color ,and range as a permanent attachment to one of my Alphas. It is EXTREMELY fast on my a300 and great in all varieties of lighting. Truly a gem. On my a100, its is ever so slightly slower to focus, but still great.

Comparing it to Other Lenses:

I tried to use the 35-105, 28-85, 35-70 as replacements to the kit lens but all of them had drawbacks i couldn't take after a while.

The 35-105 had a horrible min focus despite its very impressive colors/sharpness/build. The 24-105 doesn't beat it in color, but sharpness is on par and is wider with a closer focus range.

The 28-85 gets eaten alive by this lens from my tests at different distances and different times of the day. If you love your 28-85, you'd be amazed even more by this lens. The 24-105 sharper throughout the entire range/aperture and extends both ends of the range. I saw no difference in color reproduction.

Problems:

The 24-105 has CA problems wide open. But it rarely comes up because the only time I'd use this wide is in low lighting. CA only comes up during bright day shots.

It has been said there may be some play in the focus. Mine is absolutely fine as it doesn't go past infinity and has no wiggle. I guess it depends on your luck.

Finally, color is rather neutral, and not as bold and contrasty as the 35-105mm or the old minolta primes. This isnt a bad thing neccesarily. The colors are still excellent (better than 3rd party lens color production) but not quite perfect as the classics or G lenses.

BOTTOM LINE:

This is a GREAT replacement and is a hidden gem IMO for APS-C sensors. It has a GREAT walkaround length, is very sharp at center throughout zoom range, good colors, great weight, and has a good feel all around. BUT its drawback are CA (when wide and bright) & soft edges at wide aperture.
reviewer#4104 date: Sep-17-2008
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 DT
price paid:249 (USD) used
positive:range is great
sharpness is good for zoom range
negative:CA is terrible on this lens
not very fast
comment:i like this lens as a general walk around lens - 24mm is very wide on film and acceptable wideness on aps-C. reach is good too. compact size makes this a very easy lens to travel with. even though i wrote not very fast as a con the f4 minimum extends well past where you would expect. a great deal.
reviewer#4066 date: Sep-7-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-135
price paid:160GBP (used)
positive:Quite sharp, especially at wide to normal angle. Focus ring not rotating in af mode. Range quite nice (APS-C) or even very nice (film camera).
negative:Build could be better
comment:I've bought this lens second hand together with Sigma 24-135, to achieve good quality lens for street pictures, usable both on APS-C and Minolta film camera. After few days shooting with both lenses I decided to keep Sigma rather than Minolta. Lenses are similar in range and picture quality (Sigma is better at longer focal length, while Minolta seems to be a bit sharper at the widest angle). Sigma is much bigger and heavier lens and its good built quality is what I like as well as 2/3 EV better speed in 24-50 mm range. Minolta seems to me too delicate for everyday photography.
reviewer#3986 date: Aug-20-2008
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:250 USD (new)
positive:good range
quick focus on a700
colors
sharp
very portable
great price
negative:zoom doesn't work very smooth
hood can be hard to put on

comment:I was surprised to find this lens brand new at my local camera shop. I am very happy with it. It's a great walkaround/travel lens. It's pretty sharp, especially above f4.5. The focus speed is quick on the a700. I have had problems with the plastic hood, it sometimes is very hard to put on. I believe this is because it's plastic and it warps into an oval shape when you try to screw it on the lens. Also the zoom isn't as smooth as my other lenses. But it's tolerable. All in all, it's an unbelievable lens if you can find it at this price. I was told this lens was originally $500 USD.
reviewer#3912 date: Aug-1-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 24-135
Sony DT 18-70
price paid:140Ł
positive:A quite fast autofocus
Light and small
negative:A stif zoom ring
The zoom ring is to close to the flash.
comment:It is a fine lense, but I will probably sell it and keep the Tamron 24-135.
reviewer#3690 date: Jun-7-2008
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 28-85 AF Macro
Minolta 70-210 /4.0 Beercan
price paid:235 USD (used - KEH)
positive:tack-sharp throughout focal range
Nice range - great alternative to the Sony kit lens
negative:None so far! Would give it "all 5s" but I cannot say the build is quite up to the heavy metal beercan
comment:Have only had it for a couple of days but am so far totally impressed. Visually, my first impression out of the box, the lens was stunning -- seeing that relatively HUGE 62mm diameter front glass. From there it only got better!

Using it with the Sony a700 body (purchased a couple of months ago), I had initially bought the older Minota 28-85 as a "kit lens alternative" and was really disappointed with THAT lens (CA was unacceptably pronounced w/the 28-85, especially at widest zoom/aperature) -- so, upon arrival, I immediately tested THIS lens for that problem and am happy to say that CA is practically non-existant, even at the extremes of focal length and aperature! ... Am totally impressed with the sharpness throughout the zoom range, even wide open ... And the extra range (over the 28-85 makes) it a great walkabout lens.

On the purchase, I spent some time shopping eBay, then finally ordered from KEH.com (EX+ rated lens w/caps & hood) for $235 USD. Two-day air shipment within the US brought it to $249 total. I highly recommend this retailer. The lens is in absolutely flawless condition, has 60-day return warranty, and arrived as promised in 2 days! Much better than an eBay gamble.

With the extra reach of this lens and the much improved IQ/CA issue (over the 28-85) I will be using the beercan less. Love my beercan, but have CA issues with it unless stopped down.

Bottom line, if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive QUALITY alternative to the plastic kit lens with a new Sony Alpha, this is really a VERY nice option to consider. IMHO, the IQ and sharpness equals that of the 50mm 1.7 prime, with smoother bokeh.
reviewer#3441 date: Apr-7-2008
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-70 (Kit)
Sony DT 18-250mm
Minolta 75-300mm (D)
price paid:320 CHF
positive:- AF fast
- Good at low light
- D Lense
- small size
negative:- Zoom ring
- Focus ring
comment:I think this lense is underrated. The lense has a fast auto focus and it delivers excellent IQ. I have done approx. 1500 fotos in the past two month since i own an Alpha and this lense. I haven't noticed to much weakness.

I have done tests on all lenses at 24mm / 50mm / 70mm, indoors with a test sheet. Focus and colot test. the IQ was truly excellent.

I am able too make candle light shots, handheld with my Alpha 100 and Alpha 200, at ISO 400. I am unable to do it with the SAL-18250

The focus ring is some movement. I don't know if this is only mine or if it is every 24-105 (D).

I use the fotos to make printout on 9x13, 10x15 and DIN A4 format, as well as watch them on screen.

I am keeping the lense for now although i have the SAL-18250 which has a better range.
reviewer#3257 date: Feb-13-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:275.00 USD
positive:COMPACT , SHARP ALL AROUND A GREAT WALK AROUND LENSE. FAST FOCUS ON BOTH 7D AND A-700
negative:ALITTLE SLOW , COLORS SLIGHTLY MUTED
comment:This lense stay on my camera most of the thime it is a pleasure to use. A little solw but sharp a little distortion.
reviewer#3209 date: Jan-25-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:50/1.7
sig 15-30
min 28-80
35-70/4
price paid:
missing
positive:+Very sharp
+Quick AF
+Light
+Compact
negative:+Bokeh can be plain ugly at ties
+Had issues with focus at 24mm, on the Dynax 7
+Focus ring not firmly set (movement w/o actually changing focus)
comment:Lovely lens to use, was perfectly matched with my Dynax 7 or 5. Didnt fancy it too much on APS-C, though i feel i rushed the decision in selling it and probably should have held onto it, its a very sharp lens. Stopped down to f/8~f/11 its excellent, will outresolve the sensors we have at the moment (12MP). Simply awesome on film for range and sharpness. It did flare but it was always well controlled... 'pretty flare' if you will ;). Focus quick and locked on well, apart from at 24mm at times. Bokeh could be very odd/harsh, circular aperture isnt going to help you there. Not minolta colours, but still quite good, with a nice contrast too. Sharp wide open.

And of course, as it a modern lens, you get all the nice touches that really make you love it (!). Non rotating front element, non rotating focus ring, D (ADI FLASH) lens, focus distance scale.

Team this up with a Sig 10-20 and i think you have an amazing set. Dont hesitate to get one if you come across it.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 104
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.51
  • build: 4.13
  • distortion: 4.15
  • flare control: 4.26
  • overall: 4.26

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