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

reviewer#44438 date: Dec-14-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
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:Tamron 16-300 f3.5-6.3
Tamron 24-70 f2.8
price paid:€150 (used)
positive:- the lens is pretty sharp in the image center, even wide open
- lens works well for low light situations
negative:- has quite some distortion and softness in the corners, especially wide open
- build quality seems a little cheap
- flares are very strong and sometimes hard to remove afterwards
comment:A very good lens for the price which does a pretty good job on APS-C. Sharpness in the center of the image is good, sometimes even really good. However the corners (especially the upper corners if you're shooting horizontally) can be pretty soft at times and I would imagine that that's even more of a problem with full frame cameras. If you're shooting a scenery with a sky that doesn't really matter that much since you don't notice the softness on clouds or plain backgrounds. However if you're shooting nature scenes like forests, waterfalls etc. it can be pretty annoying.

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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