Minolta AF 17-35mm F3.5 G A-mount lens review by Paul07
|Paul07#3588 date: May-13-2008|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||KM 17-35D|
Sigma 12-24 EX DG
|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 :-)