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

reviewer#45760 date: Sep-25-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:Sony/Zeiss 16-35 f2.8 SSM, Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 EX DC.
price paid:212
positive:Very light. On APS-C based cameras image quality is great. Lens feels good in hand.
negative:Lots of plastic. In some ways it feels cheap because of it.
comment:There's no doubt that this lens has quality optics. At least to me. I can't say how good or not it is on a full frame camera. However, on a APS-C based camera the optical quality is there. I think it beats the Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 lens, but really they have quite a different range. As for the Sony/Zeiss 16-35 f2.8 lens the 17-35 f2.8-4 can put up a good fight, but will still be beat in the end. It lacks the contrast the Zeiss lens has. Sharpness may be close, but not quite a match. You'll never notice these differences directly on prints. You'll have to pixel peep.

In other reviews that I have read with image examples the corners in the image on a full frame camera can't match the Zeiss variant.

If you're an APS-C camera shooter as I am this lens is really all you need. So save that money that you would have spent on that Zeiss lens. 😁

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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