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

reviewer#42 date: Jan-8-2005
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:fast at wide end;
high quality even wide open;
relatively light; has "D" chip
negative:Flimsy sun hood bayonet.
comment:Useful, cost effective and high quality lens, giving the 7D access to most needed wide angle persectives (25mm equivalent on widest, which used to be considered as pretty wide indeed). Can be used as ultra super wide on 35mm.


Resolution and contrast are very good, even wide open. It is lighter and less luxurious than the "G", but not cheaply built at all. It has a D chip. Nicer look 'n feel than its Tamron branded twin.

A very effective standard zoom for the 7D. Tests mention distortion, but that is not really visible on my pictures (I do not do architecture, and I have not seen a sea horizon for months).

Be careful not to loose sun hood, as it does not exist on spare list, and hood bayonet not as secure as it should be. I lost my hood, and was lucky to find a Tamron equivalent.

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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