Minolta AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 (D)

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Robin Cook, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. Robin Cook

    Robin Cook Guest

    Hi:

    For the Minolta AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 (D) and I guess all the new Minolta
    D-type lenses, is it 17mm after the crop factor is taken into consideration?
    Is 17mm for those D lenses really 17mm?

    Thanks.
    Robin
     
    Robin Cook, Apr 9, 2005
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    werdan Guest

    17mm without taking into account the crop factor. I got one with my 7D. It's
    nice and wide on the 7D but it works absolutely shit-hot on my old 8000i. In
    some respects it *feels* wider than my 16mm fisheye. :)
     
    werdan, Apr 9, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Focal length does not change.

    Sensor sizes may be smaller, cropping the image and so when printed at a
    given size there is an apprent 'zooming in'. So the 17mm on the 7D
    has an "apparent" focal length of ~26mm, but it's real FL remains 17mm.

    Cheers,
    Alan

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    Alan Browne, Apr 9, 2005
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  4. Robin Cook

    Robin Cook Guest

    Thank you. I wasn't sure if the "D" lenses came with special FL labeling or
    what.

    Thanks.
    Robin



     
    Robin Cook, Apr 10, 2005
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    Robin Cook Guest

    The guy at the camera shop said to me that the old lenses work on the 7D but
    that the "D" lenses didn't work on the older Minolta's because of a weird
    new mount (where old lenses would work on the new mount but lenses designed
    specifically for that mount wouldn't work on old mounts). But you're saying
    that it works with the 8000i. So it looks like the camera guy was wrong.
    Excellent because I would love to use it on my old 600si.

    How's the quality of that lens? Sharp? Decent build quality? Decent
    auto-focus speed?

    Thanks.
    Robin
     
    Robin Cook, Apr 10, 2005
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    werdan Guest

    He's talking crap. There are some new lenses that have only just been
    annouced tweaked for digital only but this is not one of them. The 'D' is
    for 'Distance' and designates that it's compatible with the new flash mode
    'ADI', where the flash adds the distance measurement of the focus from the
    lens to it's calculations. The only difference in the mount is that there
    are now 8 gold contacts instead of 5.

    As for the lens, I love it. Good build. Quick focus even on the 8000i with a
    stationary front element. Nice and sharp even when very wide. The only
    critisim is that it's physically pretty big. The filter diameter is 77mm so
    the new polariser I had to buy didn't come that cheaply either. Given the
    fact that the front element is about as round as the top half of a standard
    light bulb, I suppose they didn't have much choice. You can also get some
    *really* severe convergence at 17mm when shooting even slightly off the
    horizontal. Taller buildings start looking very funky indeed.

    If you want to spend some real money, there's a 'G' version of this lens as
    well. Just as big, but twice as heavy :)
     
    werdan, Apr 10, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    No Minolta "A" mounts work on pre-A-mount cameras. With the AF system,
    Minolta introduced the A mount. "D" just means Distance integration for
    the flash system. These lenses work on all Minolta cameras back to the
    7000. ("A" or AF, Maxxum, Dynax), though the Distance integration will
    not, of course, work on those cameras that don't support it.

    Yes, the "camera guy" was wrong as most of them are because they rarely
    have experience with anything other than their personal system (and even
    then...).

    Cheers,
    Alan.


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