Minolta AF 17-35mm F3.5 G A-mount lens review by Paul07

reviewer#3588 date: May-13-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KM 17-35D
KM 24-105D
Sigma 12-24 EX DG
Sony 18-250
price paid:€875
positive:- Typical Minolta G mix of sharpness, color and contrast.
- Excellent build quality
negative:- Price, although quality never comes for free of course...
- Not flare resistent
comment:I can only agree with most of what has been said already.

This is a great piece of glass.
It is the only wide angle zoom for Sony/Minolta that consistently delivers excellent image quality.
From center to border, images are sharp.
Colors are in line with those of other G's like 35 and 85 prime, and definitely better than results with 17-35D or 12-24 EX DG. Contrast is very good.

The only less positive characteristic of this lens is the fact it is not flare resistent. When the sun gets onto the front glass, flare often is the result.
But take this into account when chosing your shots and you will be able to get around the flare thing most of the time.

Overall, I think it will be a real challenge for Sony/CZ to develop a new lens that equals or beats this one.

If you can find a copy at a reasonable price, don't hesitate. I don't see how anybody could not enjoy using this lens :-)

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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