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

reviewer#11200 date: Jun-18-2013
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 3.2
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 own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50/2.8
price paid:380 USD (used)
positive:Great general use WA-zoom lens;
Minolta colors;
Light weight;
Low lateral CA;
Good print quality up to 20"x30"
negative:Average to poor AF accuracy (back focusing at 17mm, front focusing at 35mm); MF corrections often required.
Very weak corners at 17mm F2.8-5.6
Difficult to correct in post mustache distortion. Would not use 17-20mm for architecture with straight lines.
Catches flares at all focal lengths with the hood on. Watch the lens position toward the sun with this lens.
comment:Sharpness is rather poor compared to Tamron 17-50/2.8 this KM lens replaced but bokeh is much smoother on Sony a100. I have no regrets switching to KM17-35 since I needed a WA zoom lens for a FF body.
In spite of its poor overall rating, I still can make this lens produce desired images from F6.7-F13.
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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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