Minolta AF DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 D A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11376 date: Oct-8-2013
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70
Sony 18-55 SAM
price paid:kit lens with KM5D
positive:Weight
Range
Colors
negative:CA

comment:I got this lens as a kit with the KM5D and am writing this review as I feel this lens is unjustifiably trashed. Not a great lens but its performance should be noted in its context of similarly positioned lenses.
Thought at 18 its not really wide (or fast) on APS-C I have used it to good effect for landscapes on the KM5D where its rendition of colors was very good. In my experience better than the rebadged Sony or the new Sony SAM lens. The Sony 18-55 is supposed to have a faster AF but in that range and for what I used it, it hardly was noticeable.
The build feels bad but it had never failed on me.
Could have been better but a decent beginners lens for those short on budget
reviewer#11157 date: May-31-2013
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF 24-105, MAF 28-105, MAF 35-105, MAF 28-135,
price paid:50 EUR (new)
positive:Cheap kit lens. Only for beginers.
negative:Almost everything.
comment:One of the worst lenses I used for Sony Alpha. Not sharp, but not heavy, plastic. Only for beginers.
reviewer#10851 date: Jan-14-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SONY DT1870SAL and the Tank,
Minolta 35-70 Beercan classic
price paid:
missing
positive:Fast and light weight, adjust quickly to the ambient temperature, fantastic colors
very adapteble
negative:Vulnerable, especially the AF mechanism, not so good for macro
comment:I tested the Lens on my KM5D, KM7D and SONY A200.

It seems the rebranded kitlens SONY DT1870SAL is simmilar to this lens in specs and performance, while the Kanoca Minolta is Vulnerable its more reliable than the SONY in my opinion.
I see more SONY's DT with broken AF, and never have seen the Konica Minolta having the same problem.

The Minolta 35-70/F4 wins @ macro stting compare to both lenses.

Its stayes in my Gear, and urned his place.
reviewer#10662 date: Nov-7-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-85, Minolta 100-300
price paid:with camera kit
positive:Size, weight, zoom range.
negative:Plasticky, disappointing contrast, distortion.
comment:OK for what it is. Be prepared to use Photoshop CS to enhance its output.
reviewer#10396 date: Jul-19-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 2.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro
SAL AF 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 DT
price paid:£00.00 (Bundle)
positive:Focal range
Adequate build quality
Very cheap
negative:Poor IQ
Hopeless lens hood
Colour rendition
comment:In a word 'rubbish', and it's price reflects this. If it's all you have, then it's better than nothing, but it's not one you would consciously buy. The lens hood is pointless (same as the SAL 18-70mm DT) though the Sony version of this lens is arguably better in the IQ and colour department. Yes, it's a basic kit lens, and fortunately for me, my copy was bundled with a Dynax 5D and it was subsequently re-homed.

Not much you can say about this offering. Leave it alone.
reviewer#10156 date: Apr-29-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Every other maker's kit lens.
price paid:45.00
positive:Price, sharpness (on a good sample), max magnification, zoom range.
negative:Not going to win awards for the build quality but better build than Sony's current 18-55m SAM.
comment:Some of you know that I write reviews elsewhere, but I do sometimes also here.

I have to say that the Minolta 18-70mm kit lens has a sharpness and CA advantage over the supposed rebadged Sony version- and is a very decent kit lens overall. I've tested and owned every modern kit lens from all the major brands- and the Minolta is a lens that I rely on with no reservations.

Might need to buy a couple and keep the best adjusted (best sample as they say) one, but once you find a good one (likely you will right away), its a very worthwhile lens to have around even if you like expensive glass. Its very light with a good focal range and has excellent macro (max magnification) capabilities.

In a way Minolta paved the way for other makers to follow with a decent kit lens, and Sony still sells the 18-70mm to this day. Do yourself a favor though and look for a good used Minolta version- I swear they are better than Sony's version.

-Carl
reviewer#10009 date: Mar-8-2012
sharpness: 3
color: 2
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:SAL16-55
price paid:Kit with 7D
positive:Light as in not heavy
Okay around 35mm at f/8
Good starter lens
negative:CA
Colour
Sharpness
Build
comment:As above this is a good starter lens. Mine is currently with my little sister who is starting out in photography.

Despite what it says on the front, this is not a Minolta lens. Smacks of having been a rushed job designed to a price. CA is awful.

SAL16-55 is not fantastic but much nicer.
reviewer#9855 date: Jan-27-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85
Minolta 35-70 f/4
Sigma 28-80
price paid:$60 (used)
positive:Range
Weight
Versatility
Fast autofocus
negative:Build
comment:I really wish this lens had a metal mount. On the other hand, I like the weight. I bought my camera as the body only and picked this up to compare to the 28-85. If other options are available for wide angle, the 28-85 is a superior "normal-tele" lens, but I found them close enough in everyday performance that the lower weight and wider low range of the 18-70 give it the edge.
reviewer#9703 date: Dec-19-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 F/4 Baby Beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Light weight
Sharp when stopped down
Decent wide angle
negative:Plastic build!
AF hunts badly on action shots
comment:I needed a wide angle lens and didn't want to pay for a decent prime. I got this in a box of lenses at a swap meet ($10.00 for the whole box).

It does indeed do a decent job as a wide angle; it will fulfill my needs until something better comes along... but it's TERRIBLE for shooting sports (my main thing). On my Alpha 7D the lens chip argues with the camera's logic chip, and AF is all over the place! Typically, it locks nicely into focus... but whrn I trip the shutter, the AF kicks in again and UNfocuses badly just before the shutter trips!

For me, this is a MANUAL focus lens, and there it does a decent job... but for the REAL shooting, it'll NEVER replace my Baby Beercan!
reviewer#9332 date: Aug-13-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss 16-80mm.
Minolta 24-105mm.
Minolta 17-35mm.
price paid:
missing
positive:Optical quality for the price.
negative:Plastic build.
comment:This was the kit lens that originally came with my Konica Minolta 5D, and I kept it when I moved on to my Sony Alpha a100.
I found the optical quality very good through its range, with a bit of noticeable pin-cushioning (wide) and barrelling (tele) at its extremes, but generally very good image quality for its price. The build quality is plastic and it felt somewhat flimsy compared to the Minolta 24-105mm and the Minolta 17-35mm zooms, but I must say it performed well and reliably while I had it.
I was ultimately convinced to save for a Carl Zeiss 16-80mm and I must say when I ended up buying one, I was struck by the extra dimension in its image quality, but for an inexpensive kit lens, the 18-70mm does a good job. I've posted some sample images that show off its capabilities.
reviewer#9188 date: Jun-28-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Most other budget zooms covering this range
price paid:30 GBP (mint)
positive:Sharp stopped down
Good colour
Light
Close Focussing
Inexpensive
negative:Distortion.
Sharpness at f9 at long end
comment:OK there are much better lenses, but ther are also some worse.
reviewer#8557 date: Jan-24-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:kit
positive:+ light
+ good range
+ sharp stopped down
negative:- build
- distortion is heavy
- unable to provide enough resolution for newer sensors
comment:Well, it's a good companion for the KM5D or 7D, but it lacks resolution to give good images on cameras with 12MP and more.
However if you make small prints and/or resize your digital images to about 3-4MP, then it's practically ideal.

The only really bad thing is the distortion, which is noticeable on both ends.
I also haven't experienced any flare with this lens, even though I've lost the hood (which is extremely small anyway).
reviewer#8180 date: Nov-4-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-70mm f/2.8 G
price paid:USD 500.00 kit
positive:Fast focusing, close MFD, bright colors, high contrast even in overcast conditions. Lightweight. Range 18-70 is very versatile for daily use
negative:Front element rotates. Its a DT lens which means cannot be used on full frame.

Red dot near lens mount came off on my copy
comment:I own two G lenses which would be useless in some circumstances -- in which I turn to this cute little wonder. Its lightweight, and you can hide it in any little pocket in your camera bag. On some of my elaborate outings I experimented with carrying it by itself and the results were more than satisfactory.

Images are a bit more contrasty than what I get from 28-70g or 80-200g but there have been a few times when looking at a pictures I couldn't tell if it was taken with a G lens or the 18-70mm, because in some situations, color is the only thing that distinguishes them from it. I am sure it doesn't out resolve a larger CCD but on a 7D I find this lens reliable and sharp.

I gave it a 5/5 for sharpness because I've never recognized a situation when I asked for sharp images and it didn't deliver. Pixel peeping will reveal that 28-70mm G and this are different animals.

With my 28-70G copy, I find that lack of microcontrast will be compensated by better color rendition and resolution. In this lens, its the opposite. Colors may not be right, but it sure can tell when one boundary ends and another begins. In other words, brace yourself for high contrast when using this lens.

Color rating gets a 4 because of the the reasons above. I just find something lacking, somewhere, an extra life that pictures taken with G lenses have and this lens lacks.

Build is also quite low quality as I think Minolta engineers developed this lens to be sold as beginner kit which could produce better pictures for the upgrade friendly hobbyist. I don't mind the plastic, but the lack of a distance meter and fixed front element got me, plus the red dot which marks the point where the lens can be mounted has fallen off. 4 is more than enough for this lens

Flare resistance is pretty good, in fact better than both my other lenses. Distortion wise I never saw any obvious problems. On the wide angle side I need more data to make a final judgment.

All in all, a very good lens. IQ is not the best but it is a great lens to have when you know you cannot carry precious/heavy glass.
reviewer#7772 date: Aug-2-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100-200/4,5
50/1,7
sony 18-70
price paid:came with camera
positive:light,
good enough wide open
negative:think, that should work better when on F8... especially in terms of sharpness and aberration,
mechanically nothing really great
comment:Sometimes I was surprised how good it was wide open, but also how little improved when set to apertures that should optically be the best (around F8).
Focusing not so fast on 5D, maybe (subjective) faster on 5, but ok
Colors are nothing special - 100-200 beats it by far.
Also I liked the effect when used wide on Dynax 5... but thats something not so objective
Few days ago something inside has broken and the lens does not focus, so I bought sony 18/70 second hand and to be honest, didn´t await a lot... but my initial impression is that sony feels better and the images also seem to be sharper...
Overall - normal lens for events, where it can come to harm without that "pop up" in images, that 50 and 100-200 have.
reviewer#6884 date: Feb-9-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm 1.7
beercan
28-135mm
80-200 hs g
price paid:kit lens
positive:Cheap
Cheerful
Not a bad performer over the whole range
negative:Distortion
At any length there are better options
comment:This is an average lens that works well in all situations without being exceptional in any. My copy is pretty sharp although I hear some are not, the build quality certainly is cost saving - But if I picked up my camera and this was attached I would consider leaving it on rather than immediately reach for a prime or "better" lens. I'd say this lens was under-rated by many.
reviewer#6343 date: Nov-7-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-105 RS
Minolta 35-70 F4
Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 100-300 APO
Minolta 75-300 D
Tamron 90 Di Macro
price paid:Bundled with 7D
positive:Good Range on APS-C
Lightweight
Cheap
Sharpness when stopped down
negative:CA particularly at 18mm
Distortion at 18mm
Soft wide open
Slow F5.6 from 35mm+
Lens hood useless
Manual focus
comment:As this came packaged with my 7D, it was essentially my first experience with a DSLR. After the initial honeymoon period the weaknesses of this lens became apparent.

The first thing to strike you about the 18-70 is its light weight. There's no need to worry about it adding extra ballast to your bag. On closer inspection, the reason for this becomes obvious. The whole body, including the mount, is made entirely from plastic. While it feels cheap it appears to be robust enough. The zoom ring has little or no dampening applied at all, and on my father’s copy is a little "gritty".

Wide open it's only really usable for snap shots, and it isn't even fast. F5.6 from 35mm onwards!!! Images are soft, particularly around the edges and at 18mm it exhibits distortion. CA is also be a problem particularly at the wide end. Stopping it down transforms it. At F8 images are surprisingly sharp, even in the corners.

It's easy to be over critical of the 18-70. It certainly isn't a razor sharp prime, but it is by no means a door stop (probably because it isn't heavy enough). Except its limitation and use it carefully, and this lens will reward you with pleasing results.
reviewer#6008 date: Sep-7-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:(on canon) 18-55 kit lens
tamron 28-300 ld
minolta 28-80 film camera kit lens
70-210 beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Highly usable range
can produce good images when used properly
not always as bad as made out by some
focus ring does not shift when the camera tilts as with some kit lenses
negative:rotating filter

zoom can be shifted unintentionaly
comment:This is my 5d kit lens, I was pleased with the range and glad the manual focus did not shift when you tilt the camera, a negative of my older minolta 28-80.

filters do show up in the image corners @18mm which is crappy.

The corners are generaly soft unless stopped down.

From experience this lens was better than the canon 18-55 in build sharpness and range.

the hood is usless as a hood, I use it backwards as a focus ring, this has also allowed me to perfect my two fingered technique for adjusting the focus and polarising filter simultaniously.

I have replaced this lens with the cz16-80.

Dont buy this lens, buy some other one.
reviewer#5897 date: Aug-24-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Lightweight
Good range for indoor
Pretty fair MFD
Pretty sharp @ F5.6
Fast AF
negative:Plastic fantastic
Hunts a bit in low light
Lens wobbles when focusing
comment:Got this as a kit lens with my 5D, I have managed to take a couple of great shots with this lens but mostly I'm disappointed by the performance. It feels like the lens is going to come apart when it is focusing, it wobbles and makes noisy clicking sounds.

I do not recommend this lens unless you just want a cheap lens that you can bang around and don't worry if it breaks.
reviewer#5439 date: May-23-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 16-80mm
Minolta 28-80mm
price paid:Kit lens (?)
positive:Cheap
Good focal lentgh range
negative:Most other features
comment:Came as a kit lens with my Dynax 5D. Front lens element fell off (under the daylight filter within a week.) Pictures were never really inspiring and I mainly used this lens for interior shots or where the wide angle was needed. Perhaps the only endearing feature of this lens is the price... but I would need convincing that was a good enough reason to buy one. Other than that my trusty, very old minolta 28-80mm, spent most of its time on the camera. Now both lenses sold along with the Dynax 5D to make way for an A900.
reviewer#4549 date: Dec-14-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50mm
price paid:40€ as new
positive:Price-quality a hit!
light-weight
negative:plastic build
comment:LOved this plastic lens ... ;-)
we (+my son)have 2 of this example.....
nice for inside, showrooms etc.....
also in the fields see: www.tractorsteven.be
the last 2 years my son used it, for al his tractor-pulling machines...in all conditions (summer, rain, mud)
unbelieveble ....
find this lens for 40€ on ebay!(new in rare white box!)
reviewer#4502 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Konica Minolta A200 / 28-200
Konica Minolta 28-100 f/3.5-5.6
Minolta 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 17-35 f/3.5 G
Minolta 28-70 f/2.8 G
price paid:kit with KM5D
positive:Good range
Cheap
Lightweight
ADI
Flare resistant
negative:Build quality not so good
Stop down > f/5.6 for sharpness
Wobbling while focussing
Small focus ring
Front rotates while focusing
comment:This lens came with my Konica Minolta 5D body.
It isn't that bad as some say, but there's no magic either.
For starters not much to complain, only poor build maybe.
Image wobbles while focussing when looking through the VF.
Compared to better lenses slight dull colors and flattening of images but you have to look very good to notice.
Still way better than bridge camera's like the Konica Minolta A200.
I could live with this lens but the fun factor is higher with better lenses.

Update: the main competitor will be the newer plastic mount Sony DT lenses, like 18-55 SAM but also the cheap primes. The 18-55 is probably better value for money.
reviewer#4390 date: Nov-15-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-75/2.8
price paid:100 USD (new - kit)
positive:- Sharp stopped down a bit
- Good range
- Fast AF
- Light
negative:- Build quality isn't the best
- Front rotates during focusing
- Small focus ring
comment:This is actually a decent kit lens IMO - especially considering it only costs $100. I got some good shots with it on vacation a couple years back. It needs to be stopped down to about f8 before it really start to shine but it is quite usable at that point.
reviewer#4356 date: Nov-11-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
KM 28-75/2.8
Sigma 10-20/4-5.6
price paid:
missing
positive:Light
Inexpensive
negative:Poor build
No very sharp
comment:This is an inexpensive kit lens and it's build quality and performance reflect this. (You get what you pay for.) I found sharpness to be fine on my 5D but it was quite bad on my A700 and was quickly retired. It now only sees use on my 5D when going to the beach with my kids where I'd rather not bring anything of value.
reviewer#4243 date: Oct-14-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75/2.8
Minolta 35-70/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:Kit Lens
positive:Good range on APS-C.
Good range for travel photography.
Light to carry.
Common filter size.
18mm is wide on APS-C.
negative:Built to price point not performance point.
Resale value very low.
comment:Kit lens with my 5D, this is actually a good lens. When I look back at early photos with my 5D, where I was in P mode and so the camera was stopping down, I am often surprised to find some very sharp shots.

The lens has its limitations though, the limited aperture especially at the 70mm end means poor low light performance.

The build quality is not poor, but its not great either.
reviewer#4198 date: Oct-9-2008
sharpness: 2.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 2
flare control: 4
overall: 2.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF18-200 F3.5-6.3
Sigma AF17-70 F2.8-4
Sigma AF28-105 F3.8-5.6
Sigma AF10-20 F4-5.6
Minolta AF24-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF28-80 F3.5-5.6
Minolta AF35-105 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-70 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-70 F4 Macro
Cosina AF28-105 F2.8-3.8
Minolta AF28 F2.8
Minolta AF50 F1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:Came free with the camera.
Sharp in th centre of the frame.
ADI compatible.
Goes to 18mm (however not with good performance).
negative:Colour not vibrant.
Anything else than the very centre is either soft or blurred.
Horrible distortion.
comment:Updated review December 2009.

As original in my review, I still think that this lens (and the Sony branded ditto) is very overrated in reviews in commercial magazines.

It is a poor kit lens - and it is only fair in regard to image quality because the centre of the frame looks sharp. Anything out the very centre of the kit lens is poor - and it is in fact the worst of approx 50 lenses that I have tested the last couple of years - in fact much worse almost all of the older Minolta low-cost kit-lenses that are rated low on this site but that in my tests surprised me by being better overall. Something I did not expect but when considering it logically an old FF lens used on an APS-C sensor will only transmit light in the centre of the FF optics and thus using the "best" part only - whereas an APS-C lens does not "cut out" the flaws in the corners as does the FF lens. On an APS-C lens you get the poor parts of the optics within our picture frame.
So what may be a poor performer on FF is in fact doing much better on APS-C.

I found the pictures pretty boring in regard to colour and contrast - as they were dull and colours not vibrant. Any of the old classical Minolta lenses from the 1980's have much better colour (and can be found at the same price).

Best thing about this lens is that it normally comes "free" with a camera and is better build than the flimsy - and likewise poor performing - old Ř62 revision Minolta AF28-80 F3.5-5.6 that came with a lot of older Minolta analog cameras.
(Note that the Ř55 Minolta AF28-80D is a lot sharper than the kit lens - and must not be confused for the poor Ř62 revision!)
If you are going to pay for this lens it is in fact very difficult to justify the approx. 40 USD these come for - you can find much better lenses for the same money.

I sold this lens very fast after getting my first Minolta digital SLR - but as it is available for no money used I bought one again recently to have a "reference" when doing my tests of some 50 different lenses.

Pro's: It comes for free and it is ADI compatible - and is fairly sharp in the very centre of the frame.

Con's: Everything else - virtually any old FF lens used on APS-C will blow this lens out of the water. Worst of approx 50 different lenses corner-to-corner. The same goes for distortion - this lens is not a good performer when comparing it to any other lens. If you going to pay for the lens is it too expensive as much better lenses can be bought at the same little money (or less in fact).

If you want to keep this lens use it for benchmarking (as I do) or use it as your "do not care if I break it" lens.
Of cause this one can also be used when you need to go wide in case you do not (note: do not) have any other lens in the 18mm-28mm range.

If you do not like the idea of using a FF lens and only want to use APS-C designed lenses then go for the Tamron/Sigma AF18-200 instead as these covers your entire range and prices even for brand new ones has dropped significantly the last couple of years.

If you do not already own this lens - just walk away - your money can be spend better on virtually anything else!
reviewer#4078 date: Sep-10-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
price paid:Ł20 (used)
positive:Inexpensive
Lightweight
negative:Just about everything else
comment:Bought this lens to cover focal lengths 18-28.

The budget alternatives (Sigma 18-35 or 18-50 f3.5-5.6) are rated in the lens data base worse than this.

Across all focal lengths, it is reasonably sharp between f7.1 & f11. Colours not quite up to usual Minolta standard, plenty of distortion at wide end (to be expected), the hood is next to useless.

I don't shoot between 18-28 very often, hence the desire for a budget lens; I have modified this review after further using this lens, rather than just taking test shots. In all honesty once stopped down it isn't too bad, my copy is reasonably sharp at 70mm.

In terms of value for money, there are not any other options and when you get to know the strengths and weaknesses of your particular copy, it can be employed to good effect
reviewer#4071 date: Sep-8-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-210 3.5 - 5.6
Minolta 35-70
price paid:N/A
positive:Nice allround kit-lens
negative:medium in every way.
Sharpness @ 70 mm
comment:Pretty decent kit-lens
reviewer#3771 date: Jul-1-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ1680
price paid:nil
positive:simple, light, cheap, good colors
negative:plastic build, hunts in low light, details capturing not that
comment:got it as a kit lens with KM5D package years back, it has been my spare lens or a lens which i can afford to lose or use in a harsh environment or weather.
reviewer#3285 date: Feb-19-2008
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7
70-210 beercan
sigma 28-70 2.8
Minolta 28 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:nice range (compared to other lens kit)
light
good image compromise (at that price)
negative:5.6 at 70mm
Af is not fast
comment:good to start. Interesting outside but a little to dark inside
I would say it is a good cmopromise

I have tested it on the A700 it is better but not good :(
reviewer#3269 date: Feb-17-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta - AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta - AF 50 F1.7
Minolta - AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
Sigma - 28-200 F3.5-5.6 DG Macro
Sigma - 70-300 F4-5.6 APO Macro Super II
Tokina - AF 19-35 F3.5-4.5
price paid:60 USD
positive:good range zoom
price
small travell size
negative:plastic build
sharpness on 70mm


comment:I think, itś not bad lens for the money, but sometime I had problems with AF. Not good sharpness on "tele" end 70mm and everything is from plast, mount also:( But if you need wide end, its the cheapest choice, Tokina 19-35 cost almost 3x more.I sold it, because I bought better Minolta 24-85.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 120
  • sharpness: 3.68
  • color: 3.99
  • build: 3.05
  • distortion: 3.50
  • flare control: 3.73
  • overall: 3.59

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