Minolta AF 17-35mm F3.5 G A-mount lens review by havoc315

reviewer#11767 date: Apr-14-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-85 3.5-4.5
Tamron 10-24 (on APS-C)
price paid:
positive:Distortion reasonable for full frame
Reasonably sharp
negative:Purple fringing
comment:PLEASE DELETE -- This review should have been for the 17-35, NON-G version

For full frame users, there are limited ultrawide options for Sony. The only "new" Sony lens is the Zeiss 16-35 which is extremely expensive. So this lens is a comparable bargain, covering almost the identical focal length.
Pixel peepers won't love this lens. But as an ultrawide, I'm almost always using it with a massive DoF. So everything in the image is always adequately sharp.
Distortion is to be expected in an ultrawide, it's not horrible in this lens.
There is some purple fringing as with many film-era lenses.

If you pixel peep your images all day long, skip this lens. But for occasional ultrawide shots that looks pretty darn good at normal viewing sizes, this lens is a very good value.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 33
  • sharpness: 4.73
  • color: 4.97
  • build: 4.94
  • distortion: 4.85
  • flare control: 4.18
  • overall: 4.73
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania