Minolta AF 24mm F2.8 A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 102    << 1 2 3 4
reviewer#1975 date: Mar-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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-105/3.5-4.5 AF Minolta D
17-35/2.8-4 AF Minolta D
price paid:350e new (1989)
positive:sharp
good color
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#1973 date: Mar-16-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 20/1.8
MinO 50/1.7
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:Size
Weight
Filter size
negative:Not as sharp as others
comment:Nice, small, unobtrusive lens. Doesn't draw much attention on my A100 which is a good thing in my book.

Sharpness is above average, but not as good as my Sigma 20/1.8.

Usual Minolta build quality - excellent.
reviewer#1530 date: Dec-11-2006
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:18-70mm DT
50mm 1,7 (o)
price paid:
missing
positive:36mm equivalent on digital
colours
sharpness
negative:none yet
comment:
missing
reviewer#1505 date: Dec-5-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 24-105, KM 28F2, KM 17-35
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:small size, fast af, well built,
negative:flare control,
comment:This is a very nice little prime lens, renders nice warm colors, sharp enough for wide landscape photos. not nearly as sharp as the 28f2. with aps-c its a 35mm which i don't find particularly appealing. i preferred to use my km 17-35 or km 11-18. When prices when up ended selling at ebay for 240 and i don't really miss it.
reviewer#1471 date: Nov-23-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Min 20/2.8 MinO & MinRS, Sig 24/1.8 EX DG, Min 24/2.8 MinO & Min RS, Min 28/2 MinO & MinRS, KM 17-35D, Canon AF 20/2.8 & 24/2.8, Voigtlander 21/4 (Bessa)
price paid:
missing
positive:- price
- size
- build
- AF
- filter thread size
negative:nothing
comment:A joint/comparison review of the 24 MinO and MinRS.

Tiny, I think Minolta's smallest AF prime. Great for going light. Delivers the image with bags of punch. Highly recommeneded.

Af performance is good, distortion and colors great. sharpness could be better.

Pricewise the MinO is the better value of the two. The MinRS is harder to find and is certainly a better handling lens if you like manual focus.

Shouldn't be compared with the Sig 24/1.8 EX DG ... size and aperture means you are looking at different needs (Min for going small, Sig for going fast)
reviewer#1362 date: Oct-30-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5
price paid:$225USD
positive:Nice solid feeling, good quick focus.
negative:For what it is, I can't think of a negative.
comment:I used it in medium to low light, and the sharpness was just slightly lacking. The color seems extremely good though, and I did not notice any distortion. A very nice lens.
reviewer#1346 date: Oct-24-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 17-35/2.8-4 D
KM 28-75/2.8 D
Minolta 50/1.7 [RS]
price paid:200 EUR
positive:Sharp
No barreldistortion (on fullframe!)
Bokeh
negative:Corner sharpness on fullframe
comment:I've bought this lens because I wanted a wide-angle prime for landscaping (for my 7D and 7) and also a decent performer at F/2.8 in low-light. I used my 28-75/2.8D for that which I don't think is sharp enough wide open (still a great lens thou) for this. I's not as sharp as the 50/1.7 at F/2.8 but very acceptable.
I've shot a wall with my 7 to check for barrel distortion but I couldn't find any.

Corner sharpness on fullframe isn't superb but not bad at all.

One thing I noticed is that while it looks very similar to the 50/1.7 it has one big difference. The filterring is a few millimeters further from the focusring which makes it easy to manual focus with a Cokin filtersysteem attached.

This lens will always be in my camerabag, and I will never sell it.
reviewer#1305 date: Oct-11-2006
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:17-35 2.8-4
18-70 DT
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp
No distortion
Well Built
Light and compact
negative:Would be great if it was f2
comment:I really like lens although lately I've considered it too wide for my taste. It's very compact and on a 1.5 crop factor is a 36. It would be much more useful if it was f2 so the 28/2 might be a better option if you can find one.
reviewer#1279 date: Oct-6-2006
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:17-35/3.5G
24-50/4
35/2
price paid:100€
positive:Very sharp from f4
Nice color
Very low distorsion
Good price
negative:Not so sharp wide open
comment:
missing
reviewer#1116 date: Aug-24-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 17-35/2.8-4 D
price paid:
missing
positive:Small, good hood
negative:
missing
comment:A nice wide angle lens on the film body´s
On the 7D, it is a beautiful wide standard lens, rather light strong and very acceptable distortion.

I got it as a gift, but that kind of gifts you can´t get enough :)
reviewer#1024 date: Jul-16-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Min 28-75 2.8 D, Tam 11-18, Min 85/1.4 & Tamron 90mac
price paid:Can't remember
positive:Very sharp after stopping down. Perfect colors.
negative:None
comment:This is my "go to"m lens for the typical construction site photos and interior of rooms The bokeh on this is very nice when you want it, but only if you can get close enough to your subject. This is also my widest prime, and I'd rather use this than my Tamron 11-18mm which has moderate distortion at the wide and even long end. I'd trust this over the 28-75 zoom if distance can be traversed easily.

*Update*

After comparing it to later owned 28/2's and other nice primes like the 85 and the Tamron 90 mac, this older lens of mine wasn't AS nice as I had thought. Sharp, sure, but after you stop down. It was still very nice, but I won't get another one down the road.
reviewer#201 date: Nov-3-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 24
price paid:
missing
positive:Quite sharp in a very small package.
negative:Would be nice at f2.0 or even f1.8
comment:Very nice lens from the 'old days'. Small, pretty fast, fairly wide. Acts like a normal (35mm) on a dSLR, but a little more distortion - especially when it comes to portraits, etc. Very nice colour. Very little flare, though I seem to get a bit more flare with a filter attached . . . probably a little refraction between the front element and the filter (I've experienced this with several different filters, polarizers, ND, etc). Maybe a coating issue?

Very good lens.

Excellent walk-around prime.
reviews found: 102    << 1 2 3 4

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 102
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.61
  • flare control: 4.22
  • overall: 4.59

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