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

reviewer#1225 date: Sep-25-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70
price paid:1000 USD (used)
positive:low distortion
solid build
internal zoom
good focal length for digital
negative:not internal focusing, zoom ring spins when using AF
comment:my favourite lens, this one is on my camera most of the time. it's just such a pleasure to use. the build, the texture of the lens body, the smoothness of the zoom ring... what i love about it is how you can use it with absolute confidence, and know that you never need to worry about sharpness, resolution, etc. the only thing limiting you when you take a shot with this lens is the light and your own imagination and technique.

thanks to this lens, i don't really feel much need to buy any of the wide-angle primes, which makes it easier to excuse the big price tag ;)

on digital, the focal length range is great for landscapes and streets, which are what i mostly do. it's got no tele range at all of course, so it makes sense to pair it with a beercan type lens, and maybe a 50mm to fill up the gap. but the key to using this lens is just going up close and personal, so i find that wanting to switch to a longer focal length is more about changing perspective than about needing more reach.

ok, at the end of my rave, i must say there's still room for improvement. i feel the lens is due for an update. f2.8 and 16mm on the wide-end would be nice. and even though AF is fast and quiet as far as minolta lenses go, SSM would be great (as well as related benefits like internal focusing, easy switch to manual focusing). the only problem with that? i don't know where i'll find the cash to buy the upgrade :D

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
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