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

reviewer#11299 date: Aug-9-2013
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 1
flare control: 3
overall: 2.7
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:20mm f2.8
24-70 f2.8 USD
price paid:180€ (used)
positive:- cheap
- light
- ultra wide-angle
negative:- spherical focus plane (?)
- poor optical quality (CA, sharpness, contrast)
- distortion
comment:Cheap wide angle lenses on FF always lack of optical quality. This one is no exception. However, it remain a good lens to aprehend the handling of such wide angles and finally realise it may be too much for one's use...
So I finally replaced it with a 24-70 and a 20mm that will ben wide enough in my opinion...

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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