Here’s the first of several new/old lens reviews coming in the next couple of weeks. We’ll start it off with the little Minolta 24mm F/2.8 wide angle lens. This lens turned in a very good performance. It has the same basics characteristics as the Minolta 28mm F/2.8, though the 24mm is a little sharper at F/2.8 and F/4. It has low distortion, low CA and currently, a low eBay price. The corners are soft at F/2.8, but that’s not really an issue, see review. With the pending full frame body from Sony–read prices going up–this might be a good chance to get one with a low price. It has an equivalent focal length of 36mm on an APS-C sensor, which makes it a nice walk around lens. I used a lens like this exclusively for several years on my Canon A-1 in the 1980s.
Prices are now around $150-229. My copy is near flawless, with the original caps and hood.
Another conundrum: It looks like I’ll have to switch the review order again. Next up may be the Sony 70-200mm F/2.8 as I’m having trouble with the Sony 16-105mm.