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

reviewer#26528 date: Mar-20-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:ZA 24mm f2
price paid:150 euro 2hand
positive:Delivers nice pictures full of contrast with (typical) Minolta colours.
Centre sharpness wide-open

negative:Weight out of balance handheld with adapter on A7s
Lens front big and easliy damaged (use UV filter)
Ackward sunshade (do not use it)
corners sharpness
sensitive to flare
comment:Own this lens for 1 month. I use this lens only for 17mm purpose. For the price I paid it delivers me what I wanted; a (very) wide angle view of the world around me. f8+ makes nice sharpness across the frame (only for non-pixel-peepers!) and great for street photography. The flare is (quickly) noticable when directed into sunlight. I do not mind as the A7s still produces nice contrasty images with enough detail. Pointed straight into the sun it gives a big round red halo across the whole frame, non of my other lenses produces.
If I could afford the new FE Voightlander 15mm it would be my first choice for seize/weight. But money in the pocket to travel (and take pictures) is the road I travel on for now (-;

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 132
  • sharpness: 4.27
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 4.14
  • distortion: 3.74
  • flare control: 3.60
  • overall: 4.07
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