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Revised Sony/Minolta AF 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5 review

With the introduction of the Sony FE 24-105/4 lens, I was reminded that this is the second wide to medium zoom of that focal range for Sony; although the new one gets a new 'FE' mount, a constant F/4 aperture and OSS.  It also gets a hefty price tag of $1300!!

Our second re-visited and revised lens review is the 'a' mount oldie but goodie Minolta/Sony AF 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5 lens, (introduced in about 1999-2000), later to be relabeled 'Sony' in 2006, and discontinued in about 2008/9.  Current value on eBay seems to be $100-200 depending on condition, that's about a tenth of the price of the new lens.

The older Minolta/Sony 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5 worked very well back in the early days of digital, even though it was designed as a film lens; I used mine on the Sony A900 for several years as an everyday walk around lens, and still enjoy many of the pictures I took.  Unfortunately, I don't have the original test pictures from the review to show, however, I did come up with a selection from different focal lengths and apertures to give you a good idea about how it performs on a 24mp camera...

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Dirty Lens

Equipment used for this article; the Sony A900 and Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5 lens.

Here’s a typical scene from a tourist trap destination, usually somewhere in the southern US: an older guy wearing sandals, dress socks and a Madras or Guayabera shirt, carrying around a Nikon or Leica camera outfit and taking snapshots at high noon.  After every few …

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Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 telephoto zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, nice hardcase and users manual. Cost $229 retail in the 1980s, now hundreds available on eBay for less or more than that depending on condition. Build quality Very good…

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Minolta AF 17-35mm F/3.5 G Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 17-35mm F/3.5 G  lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 17-35mm F/3.5 G  Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, hard case and users manual. Cost $1000-$1500 used price at the time of this review. Build quality Very good Additional information
Don’t confuse this lens with the much less…

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Minolta AF 24-50mm F/4 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 24-50mm F/4  zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 24-50mm F/4 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, and users manual. Cost In the range of $110-$160 used. Build quality Good Additional information
Frequently found on eBay. Specifications below
Optical configuration 7 elements in 7 groups Angle of

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Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 lens.  Scroll down for the review.

Lens Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood and users manual. Cost $100-$200 used on eBay Build quality Very good Additional information
Full frame and no Sony equivalent yet. Specifications below
Optical configuration 8 elements in 8 groups Angle of

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Minolta AF 28-70mm F/2.8 G Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 28-70mm F/2.8 G  zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 28-70mm F/2.8 G Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, case and users manual. Cost Current eBay prices run between $750-$1000.  Check prices here. Build quality Very good Additional information
Also consider the Konica Minolta AF 28-75mm F/2.8

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Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5  zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-/4.5 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, and users manual. Cost Available on eBay for around $100, depending on condition. Build quality Good, to very good Additional information
This is the original mid 1980s model, the newer…

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