Minolta AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 D A-mount lens review by Freddan_6

reviewer#15256 date: May-22-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:A77 with Sigma 10-20/4-5.6.
price paid:800 SEK=95$
positive:Sharp except the extreme corners at 17mm full open. Sharpens up nicely when stopped down. Sharp in extreme corner from 21mm-35mm even full open.
negative:Some distortion. Some minor coma. Colors OK but not as warm as the old Minoltas. Micro contrast is lower than modern lenses (Sigma). But that can be corrected in post processing.
comment:Nice low priced lens for full frame. Not as sharp in the extreme corners, then you need to stop down to f:5.6-f:8. But for the price it is unbeatable. Colors are OK. Flare control is good.

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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