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

reviewer#11843 date: May-22-2014
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
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:Sigma 24mm 1.8
Minolta 17-70 3.5-5.6 DT
Tokina 17mm F4 (MD mount)
price paid:€ 200 (new)
positive:+Good Range for a Wide-Angle
+Low Price
+Good Build Quality though the exterior is of Plastic
+good Contrast
+Focus Accuracy
+Flare Control
negative:-Edge Resolution
-not so good wide open
-steep focus gearing
comment:It's not a high performance lens what concerns resolution or sharpness in the center but it's very good in the center from f5.6 and has an awesome field of view. A huge step-up from any APSc kit-lens. The Sigma 24mm 1.8 is a better performer in terms of sharpness and distortion.

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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