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

reviewer#5053 date: Mar-19-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:KM 17-35D
price paid:1500 USD
positive:Solid & compact build
Bokeh - True colors
Big stupid hood
2.8 would be nice
comment:After reading some recent reviews of this lens, I decided to kick in my two cents. Although it works well on all Maxxum mount cameras, this lens was designed for FF. Reviewing this lens after use on an APS-C camera is like rating the fish eye. If you're not using it on a FF camera then it's not a fish eye and you are unable to make a complete assesment! I have a bag full of G glass and an a900. This one was the most expensive I had until I got the 200 tele macro and at the time of purchase hard to find. I replaced the 17-35D with the 17-35G because it was too dark and the bokeh flat. You get what you pay for (most of the time). The introduction of the 16-35/2.8 CZ has caused many more of these to become available but the price seems to remain steady.

The performance of this lens is awesome. It has fast, accurate focusing. My copy has no zoom creep. The zoom and focus rings turn buttery smooth and are dampened just right. The images are 100% Minolta 'G' quality. There is almost no distortion but you always get a little with WA lenses. It's a physics thing. The build is better than the MUCH more expensive 2.8 CZ.

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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