Minolta 17-35mm F2.8-4 Adobe Lens Profile

Next up in my series of Adobe Camera Raw Lens Profiles is a lens that many people use, but no-one seems to have gone through the rather laborious process of creating a profile for it.

Well, here it is. This one’s for the Minolta AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 D wide angle lens, profiled on a Sony Alpha 900 (DSLR-A900) body. However, this profile should also work well for its Tamron incarnation (with the long name “Tamron SP AF17-35/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)” or just “A05S”) as well as when mounted on an Alpha 850 body.

I shot the following series: 3 Focal Lengths [17mm, 24mm, 35mm ] x 6 Apertures [2.8, 4.0, 5.6, 8.0, 11.0, 16.0] x 2 Focus distances [≈0.4m, ≈2.5m], resulting in a total of over 360 pictures used in the calibration process, the shooting of which alone took over 4 hours… The ZIP file again contains several files — one that contains all the sub profiles in one file, as well as two separate files for “close” and “far” focus (since you can’t select sub profiles in LightRoom at the time of writing).

But wait, there’s more. As a goodie I’m also throwing in my DNG colour profile for this lens (again, mounted to an A900), measured both for tungsten and day light (using a MacBeth ColorChecker and Adobe’s DNG profile editor) which should give you much more accurate colours than using the default profiles supplied by Adobe.

Download Minolta 17-35mm F/2.8-4 profiles

As you may know, creating such profiles takes a considerable amount of time and large prints of the calibration charts as well as a colour checker. If you find these profiles useful, please consider a small donation (conveniently via PayPal):

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