Minolta AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 D A-mount lens review by arCreation

reviewer#10360 date: Jul-6-2012
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75 F2.8
price paid:372 USD (ebay-used)
positive:-Wide Angle
-Full Frame coverage
-good colors
-Distortion- very much acceptable for the angle
-Overall sharpness
-Corner sharpness
comment:I've been using this lens for over a year now on my A850 and more recently on my A65. It performs great on the A850. The distortion is mild considering the angle provided. The colors are really good-minolta like. I usually step it down at least 2-3 stops to get better overall sharpness. F5.6 is the minimum required in my opinion. Flare is indeed an issue as expected with such a lens. Nothing too bad though.

Recommend buying it. You can great some great shots on the full frame. If you have APS-C, i wouldn't recommend this lens in particular as it loses it's wide angles. There's better lenses out there for APS-C that give the equivalent of 25mm and up

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 133
  • sharpness: 4.27
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 4.14
  • distortion: 3.74
  • flare control: 3.60
  • overall: 4.07
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