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

reviews found: 108    << 1 2 3 4
reviewer#649 date: Mar-31-2006
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Great bouqet, color, and sharpness. Quick focus on the 7d
negative:Fairly light build - guess I'm spoiled for all metal bodies and barrels.
comment:Excellent walk around lens - ditch the petal hood that comes with it if used on 5d or 7d. With the crop factor you can use a full hood and avoid the flair much better than the hood it comes with and wind up with sharper images. There is some distortion at the wide end but no more than one would expect with a zoom. Well within limits and much, much better than the super zooms (18-200) It's just a much better lens than the all in one zooms. Nice combination with the 100-300 APO.
reviewer#528 date: Feb-20-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 4
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:Tamron SP 24-135mm
price paid:
missing
positive:Image quality
Compact
negative:Build quality
comment:This lens doesn't feel so solid as the Tamron 24-135mm, and that's what made me sell it and keep the Tamron. Even optically the Tamron seems to be better, specially in color and contrast. However this is a very good walkaround lens, compact and with a good image quality.
reviewer#510 date: Feb-16-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:alot of standard zooms
price paid:
missing
positive:size, image quality
negative:
missing
comment:Been used on a lot of cameras over a long time it starting to show its age. It should be a more robust lens for what it cost. my Sigma 28-70 2.8 is older seen more action and is in better condition.

EDIT 02.06.2009 slight vignette on Full frame digital but nothing that can be fixed in lightroom
reviewer#480 date: Feb-10-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 2
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 own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:- colour, contrast, sharpness
- front lens and focus ring don't rotate during AF
- little distortion at WA
- small and light
negative:- occasional flare in direct sun shots
- a little CA in bright lit situation

comment:The 24-105 does a very good job as a perfect travel lens, having a useful zoom range which is even covering a bit the wide end on digital. On 7D the AF speed is good and the pictures are colourful and sharp - not as tack sharp as with good primes but overall better than with most zooms.
It's one of the few lenses that I mostly have in my camera bag when going out for a walk.

edit: I have to lower the build points due to the fact that for the second time the AF gearing got stuck during the use in cold temperatures. First time when the focus jammed the lens was about one years old and it still was repaired under warranty, now roughly three years later the same thing happend.
Seems like there is a timer somewhere and my lens copy is a summer version only :-(
reviewer#452 date: Jan-28-2006
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:Only recently purchased a 7D, Dec. 30, 2005, with this lens, as my 'walk around' lens (and only lens, so far) and I am very impressed with color rendition and value.
reviewer#425 date: Jan-22-2006
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, 100-300 APO
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Compact
Light weight
Non-rotating front element
Focus ring does not rotate during AF
negative:
missing
comment:A sharp x4 zoom with no less than f/4.5! A super general purpose complement to the 5D camera.
reviewer#416 date: Jan-19-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Very useful lens...food for most situations
negative:Sadly the field of view is no longer as wide
comment:I probably keep this lens on my Maxxum 7D 70% of the time. Using it previously on my Maxxum 7 was great because of the wide field of view. I will probably need to supplement this lens with either the KM 11-18 or the Tamron 12-24 for the low end.
reviewer#401 date: Jan-11-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Very good zoom lense
negative:Not as wide as on my film 7
comment:I got this lense before I obtained my 7D. It takes reasonably sharp photos and is a versitile focal lenth. It was made for the 7 film camera but works well with the 7D. I shoot mainly primes but this lense is always in my camera bag. Good for those times when you don't want to carry a lot of gear. If I didn't have this lense I would get the 28-75 f2.8. Since I do... I can't justify the cost. I bought this lense after seeing the awesome photos Pat Di Fruscia shot with his film 7.

You can check out his work at http://www.difrusciaphotography.com/
reviewer#395 date: Jan-10-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:minolta 28-75 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:good range, sharp photo's
negative:the zoom doesnt work good anymore on mine...
comment:I bought this one second hand for my old dynax 500 si, and used it first as my allround lens on the 7d. But shooting a wedding the zoom didn't work good anymore, I still can use it, but have to turn it back to 24 and then can zoom again.
It was repaired before for other failure, but I didn't like to spend money on repair again. I bought the 28-75 2.8 instead. The 28-75 is a bit sharper, although I miss the 24 mm.range, but when I really need it I can still use the 24-105, or my old cosina 19-35 lens. Also have the 18-200 tamron, but don't use that one for wedding.
reviewer#377 date: Jan-3-2006
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:CZ 16-80, Minolta 70-210 f4
price paid:349 USD (new)
positive:Good mid-range zoom
Very sharp in all the shots I have taken
negative:Focus ocasionally hunts when shooting in very low light, otherwise the focus is pretty good.
Seen ocasional flare on direct into the sun shots and some CA wide open.
Not super fast, but I typically stop down to f8 or lower to increase DOF
comment:This lens works really well for me. The range covers most of the shooting situations that I am interested in - mostly landscapes and cityscapes.
Have some samples posted at 24-105 sample gallery.
Also ran a series of test shots (center and edge) at f4, f8, f16 and at 24mm, 50mm and 105mm at 24-105 test gallery.
reviewer#247 date: Nov-28-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:28-100 D, 100-300 APO D (sister lens to this one)
price paid:
missing
positive:Great range, Solid Build, Compact, great quality
negative:It is a bit heavy for it's size, wish it was a bit faster
comment:I bought this lens to replace my 28-100. I must say it's been a great lens. Its range works well with the 7D, and for 100-300 owners it is a perfect fit for ones lineup.

Its range isn't so far that quality falls off, though its not that great on the long end. But on the plus it covers a great enough range you don't find yourself going from full wide, to full long and never stopping in the middle. The 24mm end is nice to get you some wide back after what the 1.5x crops steals from you on a 5D or 7D.

The build of the lens is very good. Its right there with KMs other mid-grade lenses. Its not a G lens, but for what it cost it's not bad at all. Things like non rotating filter are nice. The focus ring feels a bit weird, like you are turning some gear drive, not a bad thing, just different.

If there was one issue with the lens, it's that it's not very fast, only a 3.5 and it drops down to a 4.0 very quickly. If you really need a fast lens, look for the 28-75 D.

I've gone a weekend and almost only used this lens. Its range covers most needs so if you want to go for that quick walk around some trail or similar and not carry a bunch of lenses, only carry a tripod with you for extra gear its great.

Compared to the 28-100, this lens makes the 28-100 look like a turd (of course for 5 times the cost you expect that). Its much sharper and much better build.

If your on the fence about this lens verse the 28-75 D, it's not a bad trade off. You might not use the long end much, but those extra 4mm on the wide are very nice to have.
reviewer#232 date: Nov-24-2005
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Gives pin-sharp images with good colour rendition.
Compact size. Non-rotating filter mount.
negative:Distortion apparent at wide end
comment:I've really liked this lens on my Dynax 7 (film) : it has given consistently good results and my only gripe is with the distortion.

Not sure how much use it will get now that I have a 5D with the KM 18-70 lens.

Now tested with the 5D - momentary gross focussing errors (soon sorts itself out) and a bit slower to focus than the 18-70 kit lens, but otherwise excellent.
reviewer#214 date: Nov-13-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KM 24-85
price paid:249$ S/H
positive:Light, sharp, good value for money. Little distorsion at WA
negative:At 85-105 is less sharp, needs more USM
comment:My first lens for my 7D. 85% of my pics are between 35mm and 50mm (in 35mm), so this is my lens.. Cheap filter because of 62mm screw. Very fast focusing. With low light (inside pics) some OOF pics, better to use MF at 105mm.

Focusing ring not very smooth. Can be used for portraits and landscape. A great travel lens
reviewer#88 date: Jul-9-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:28-135 f4-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Light, sharp, useful range
negative:build quality
comment:I used to use this lens quite extensively when I bought my 7D. Mainly because it become a ~35-160mm (35mm equiv) and I shoot quite a lot in that range. It is very light and yet sharp lens and great for travelling purposes.

One thing about the lens is the feel, feel somewhat plasticky (just me).
reviewer#86 date: Jun-28-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 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:Tamron 24-135mm zoom
price paid:
missing
positive:Very useful focal length range.
negative:Front barrel wobbles when zoomed out. Similar to the Tokina 24-200 zoom.
comment:I have compared the Minolta 24-85, 24-105, Tokina 24-200 and the Tamron 24-135. The Tamron beats them all at all focal lengths. The Tamron is also built more solid than all of the mentioned lenses. Just purchased a Konica-Minolta 28-75 f2.8 D and have not had a chance to compare them all on the same subject. The Minolta 28-75 f 2.8 D has the same front end wobble as the Minolta 24-105. I wonder if this is something inherent in the Minolta zooms.
reviewer#79 date: May-26-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-80
KM 28-75 2.8
M 50 1.4 / 1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:+ front does not rotate
+ petal hood
+ fast
+ compact
+ looks good on 7D
+ colour, contrast, sharpness
negative:- a bit slow
comment:a really nice lense !

this lense has a very nice range, which works better on a full-frame camera, then on a 1.5x cropped one, like the 7D. becomes a 36-156mm and therefore lacks the wide angle.

however, on the 7D i get the most of my pictures with this lense, and mostly they are razor sharp... like said on other sites, this lense gives the sharpest pictures around f/8+, which is true.

i've heard rumours about varying production quality, but in my case, nothing to complain about.

it's one of the best lenses for the 7D, given the range, quality, design and sharpnes. -IMHO

My lense broke, the focus system stopped working :(
reviewer#49 date: Feb-14-2005
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-105mm, sigma 28-70 2.8 (the old type)
price paid:
missing
positive:D features, zoom range (24-105mm)
negative:image quality at 24mm
comment:I never go out without it. It is one of the few lenses that you will always find in my camera bag. It’s a nice size for a standard zoom. I thought it would be much bigger when I ordered it.

EDIT I havet used this lens in a long long time as the KM 28-75mm2.8 just kills it. but i keep it as a back up STD zoom
reviewer#11 date: Nov-21-2004
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:Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5 Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact
Excellent image quality
Good range of focal
Good for both Film and Digital
negative:Slight distortion on widest end, but not very noticible
comment:I had a chance to play around with this lens, I love the weight as well as the focal length combination.

I can see this is my perfect travel lens.

After shooting about 6-7 rolls of Sensia slide, I am quite impress with the image quality. Focusing is abit stiff with this particular sample that I have, but not too much of an issue there.

Wish Minolta release a constant f2.8 of this lens... well.. keep on dreaming.
reviews found: 108    << 1 2 3 4

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 108
  • sharpness: 4.24
  • color: 4.51
  • build: 4.12
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 4.24
  • overall: 4.25

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