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

reviewer#139 date: Oct-6-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Canon 16-35/2.8 L
price paid:
Good colors
Handy range
Build quality
Sun hood (though see below)
comment:I start to love this lens. First I wasn't shure if it was the right one, especially as the first lenses AF was broken (could not focus nearer that 2m). The second lens is fine (it seems that KM exhibits quality problems every now and then, too bad).

The lens showed it's potential during a trip to Sardegna. Surprisingly, It barely went off the camera (o.k., I didn't have the 11-18 by then). The distortions aren't that bad in real life, except when taking buildings and other formerly rectangular objects. Can be corrected in Photoshop.

The original sun hood is a burden, basically useless. This is why - I had an old Canon 77mm sun hod, which went under my little saw... and, hocuspokus, became my 17-35/4-APS-C-sun hood. Smaller in diameter than the original, a bit longer, thus better flare control... and the bajonet works fine... ;) Thus the flare rating of 5 ... ;)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 134
  • sharpness: 4.26
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 4.13
  • distortion: 3.74
  • flare control: 3.60
  • overall: 4.06
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