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

reviewer#8679 date: Feb-20-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:SAL 20/2.8
SAL 24/2
SAL 35/1.4G
Tamron 28-75/2.8
Tamron 24-135/3.5-5.6
price paid:400 USD
positive:Very wide on Full Frame
Good sharpness stopped down
Light weight
negative:Distortions (but what lens at 17mm don`t have it?)
Vignetting at 17mm
Sharpness wideopen
comment:Bought it for my A850.
Used it not so often, liked it in travellings (in Alps it gives breathtaking photos).
Liked it lightweightness, colors (really saturated), but to have really sharp corners you need to stop it down to f/7.1...9 (further - diffraction).
But if you print not bigger than A4 photos - the sharpness seems to be enough from f/5.6.

I sold this lens, when bought Sony 20/2.8, 24/2 and 35/1.4G.

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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