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

reviewer#1278 date: Oct-6-2006
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:12-24/4.5-5.6 EX DG
17-35/2.8-4(D)
24/2.8
35/2
price paid:850€
positive:Colors reproduction
Contrast is excellent
Very sharp on every parts of the image
Very light distorsion @17mm that become invisible from 20mm
Focus-hold button
Construction (lens shade in aluminium)
negative:Dissuasive price
Discontinue, hard to find
comment:This lens is impressive, it's a real pleasure to hold it in its hands. It is not bigger than the 17-35D, but it's more heavy, and as a G lens, construction is much better. Colors are very realistic. Contrast is excellent, you can see a lot of details in the darkest parts of the image. Distorsion is very well controled. I am sure this lens is limited by the 6mpx sensor to make the difference with some other lens.

The negative part is its price on the used market. And it is very hard to find one !

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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