Minolta AF DT 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 D A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 22   
reviewer#45672 date: Mar-22-2021
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-250
Tamron 16-300 PZD
price paid:35 GBP
positive:Great range, lightweight, decent image quality.
negative:Lens creep, plastic build.
comment:I don't have wide experience of hyperzooms, but I have taken thousands of images with the two I have used before this one (Sony DT 18-250 & Tamron 16-300 HSM), for several years these, in succession, were on my camera almost all the time. Both are better than this, the only APS hyperzoom from Minolta. Reputedly made by Tamron, who marketed the design themselves and, later, revamped it for Sony. Interestingly the Minolta (strictly speaking Konica Minolta) version is the lightest of the three by some way.
I am always a little concerned to see a plastic mount - it screams 'cheap'; not that I've ever had one fail me in any way.
At least the light weight makes this an easy lens to carry around, especially on a smaller body (eg the A58) - if you fancy a cheap hyperzoom for occasional use for holiday snaps (who wants to cart a bag of lenses around while sightseeing with the family) then this would not be a terrible choice.
It takes decent photos, not great, but perfectly acceptable for most purposes.
My biggest gripe is with the lens creep. Set the lens at 28mm and point it vertically down and it will be at 200mm within 0.5s - it will hold 200mm pointed straight up, but only until it is slightly jarred when it drops to 28mm in under 1s. When carrying the camera it will usually extend and you have to get used to holding the zoom steady when shooting - definitely not a plus. The solution is a lens band (I use charity wriststraps) - which stops the movement, but it really shouldn't be necessary on a lens as light as this one.
reviewer#26522 date: Mar-16-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-200
Tamron 18-200
Sony 18-250
Sigma 18-200 DC
price paid:99.00 GBP (used)
positive:Sharp, even at max aperture throughout the range
Colour and contrast
Surprisingly good build but not too heavy

negative:Nothing for the price
comment:One of the better so called 'travel lenses'
Very good IQ considering the range coverage
reviewer#11012 date: Apr-5-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony 18-200mm
Sony 18-55mm
Sony 18-70mm
Minolta AF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5
Sigma 18-200
Tamron AF 18-200
price paid:350 USD /used/
positive:Versatile Steadily sharp throughout the range Focusses well with high contrast and good light Weight Great day lens for walking around
negative:Focus very slow in low light, but to be expected, it is a day lens.
comment:Pretty much the best one lens solution you can get. Sharper than my previous Sony 18-200, particularly in the long end. Should really be part of every alpha owner's kit. Images are very sharp from about 24mm to 140mm in particular, but very very good through the whole range. It will give you sharp landscapes with good color and contrast, it will keep up with the birds kids and cars, it will give you nice big close ups of wildlife, flowers etc. Will this lens do it all?
reviewer#11007 date: Apr-1-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4
Sony 18-55mm
Sony 18-200mm
Minolta AF 28-80 XI
price paid:360 usd $ used
positive:very large zoom range
Convenient range Pretty sharp for lens at this category Pretty fast focusing
negative:Zoom creeps Noisy AF Disapointing in low light
comment:I love the range and with enough light sharpness is excellent in my opinion.Very nice focal range, good build quality, light weight, good color and contrast.
reviewer#7738 date: Jul-27-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-200
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Light weight and versatile, good range for walkabout and pretty sharp.
negative:A little zoom creep
comment:I bought a tamron 18-200, but wasnt satisfied with the sharpness. Then i saw a used minolta 18-200 in a shop, tested it out against my tamron and found that the minolta version is sharper. Thus i bought it and sold away my tamron a week later (after further testing which convinced me that the minolta one is better.

The minolta 18-200 is a great lens, cost much less than the sony 18-250. For the money saved, i dont mind having 50mm shorter focal length
reviewer#7039 date: Mar-9-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:253 USD used
positive:Light
Range (27-300)
Good daytime walk around lens
negative:Zoom creep
comment:This was the first lens I bought for my 7D. I love the range and with enough light sharpness is excellent in my opinion. Even 6.3 @ 200.Very light. I can hand hold this at 200. Alot of the pictures hanging on my family's and my own walls were taken with this lens. Great results are possible. Not a bad lens for the price (used).
reviewer#6562 date: Dec-11-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135, Minolta 35-105, Minolta 35-70, Beercan, Tamron 19-35, Tamron 28-200, Tokina 24-200
price paid:au$70
positive:Cheap, versatile range.
negative:Soft at all apertures other than stopped down to near diffraction levels, flare is a constant problem, focus is often inconsistent and unreliable.
comment:Another of the cheap lower quality lenses produced by Minolta toward the end of their run when they switched from Japanese to Malaysian manufacture. It has a better wide range than the 75-300 kit lens, but is lower in quality. Anyone who considers this at all sharp has had no experience with real Minolta glass, the earlier Japanese quality lenses. I got one in a package deal with a film body and another Beercan for a total of $175. Not worth keeping and I have advertised it for sale - it should be gone shortly.
reviewer#5427 date: May-21-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70mm
Minolta 18-70mm
Tamron 17-35mm
Minolta 11-18mm
price paid:
missing
positive:Convenient range
Pretty sharp for lens at this category
Pretty fast focusing
negative:A little weak at 18mm in terms of sharpness and distortion...
It happens to all consumer lenses of this range.
comment:This is a great walk-around lens. I have used it several times in my oversee travels and obtained quite decent results. Contrary to what others say, I believe the sharpness of the lens actually was excellent. Sharp images can be obtained with just one notch stopped down to f6.3. I don't see any problem with its build quality. To me it is at the same level of Minolta 11-18mm lens. Since it is several generations old now and the prices had come done a lot. I think people can now re-evaluate the lens in terms of its overall values. Check my photo samples here to see the IQ for yourself.
reviewer#3918 date: Aug-3-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
35-70 f/4
28-85 f/3.5-4.5
price paid:300 USD
positive:Quite Nice for a kit lens
negative:Plastic build
comment:For the price, it could have been a better build with faster stop, but all in all, a good lens. I gave it lower reveiw because I have better, older, cheaper lenses that I use more often.

I think I will sell this or give to my son for his New A100.
reviewer#3173 date: Jan-12-2008
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105 D
Minolta 70-210 f4
Minolta 100-300 apo D
price paid:405 € (new)
positive:Versatile
Exelente zoom range
Macro ability
Color
negative:Zoom creeps
Noisy AF
Disapointing in low light
comment:This is a very good choise for traveling and no dust!in the sensor.
reviewer#2212 date: Apr-26-2007
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 2
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 (D)
Minolta AF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:Jack of all trades.
negative:Master of none.
comment:If it will be your only lens, it might do. It was my kit lens, so I can't compare it to the 18-70. I was reasonably happy with it until I tried to take some moon shots. All I got were fuzzy white spots in a dark sky.

Noticeable barrel distortion at 18mm. Noticeable pincushion distortion at 35mm. (Would someone please tell me how that happens?) Moderate chromatic aberation at the long end. Soft throughtout its range. Less sharp than any of the lenses I compared it to. My 50mm on a cheap 2X teleconverter is sharper at 100mm.

I can forgive a lot in a lens if the optical quality is good. I can forgive zoom creep, borderline build quality, and slow, noisy AF. For this lens, the optical quality doesn't make up for all that.
reviewer#1892 date: Feb-24-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sigma 70-300 (4-5.6) DG APO Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:- Versatile
- Light
- Zoom range
negative:- Zoom creeps
- Slow and noisy autofocus
- MF is almost impossible
- Plastic mount feels cheap
- Focus ring rotates while autofocusing
- Price
comment:Very versatile! Enough zoom range for almost everything, so you don't need change the lens (useful when you don't have time or possibility for changing). The picture quality is something that you could expect in the case of a so called "superzoom". Compared to the Sigma 70-300 the Sigma's focusing ring is much smoother, faster, more silent and the zoom doesn't creep (moreover somehow I feel it too "tight"). The quality is almost the same (although I do prefer the Minolta), but the built of the 18-200 is a shame.
reviewer#1444 date: Nov-19-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Zoom range, compact and light
negative:Poor mechanical quality, zoom creep, CA.
comment:Being a superzoom limitations were to be expected...

Besides the noticeable if unavoidable barrel and pincushion distortions (correctable in PP, btw) its main problem is marked chromatic aberrations (also almost entirely correctable in PP). It is all plastic, even the mount. The zoom mechanism turns quite loose; left to itself my copy will change length whenever held near vertical. MF is somewhat problematic, from the short ring excursion and low brightness, but it's manageable. AF is noisy and certainly not fast, not fast at all -- but will only rarely 'hunt' in normal light and an OOF image will be the rare exception. Flare is well managed.

And then it is a comfortable lens to carry around, light and compact and the 11X zoom will cover almost any opportunity rendering quite an acceptable image quality.

My most used walk around lense and one I do recommend.
reviewer#970 date: Jul-3-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-200
Tamron 28-200
KM 17-35
KM 28-75
price paid:€360
positive:Nice zoomrange, good color and sharpness, light and compact; perfect for travel
negative:slow AF; manual focus not smooth, nor silent.
comment:As indicated in the summary, to me this is a perfect travel/walk around lens.
Of course, it has its limitations, but I did not expect otherwise, considering its price.

The main limitation for me is in the focussing area: AF is rather slow, compared to the 17-35, 28-75 and 28-200, but is doing better than the Tamron 18-200 I had before, especially in low light situations. Noise is acceptable for AF.
However, manually turning the zoom ring is a really noisy and not smooth activity.

Sharpness is perfectly OK for me, although better results are obviously obtained with the 17-35 and especially the 28-75.
When taking this into account and stopping down a bit as needed (e.g. between 150 and 200 mm), results are good.

Build quality does not match the 28-75 or 17-35 quality. It is slightly better than the Tamron 18-200 quality, but if this was the only difference between both, I would not pay more for the Minolta lens.
I had expected quite some distortion at the wide end, but this lens is doing a lot better than what I expected.

In summary, I had expected to get a lens with distortions and slow AF being the main negative items. In fact, I have a lens with better than expected sharpness, distortions and AF, while manual focus is a less positive experience.

I certainly can recommend this lens.
reviewer#969 date: Jul-3-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75
KM 75-300
Sigma 12-24
price paid:
missing
positive:Versatile walkabout lens
negative:very slow, cantankerous focusing
comment:I purchased this lens for what I assume is its intended use - a versatile and convenient lens for use when you don't want to change lenses to insure high quality images. I conducted a test comparison of image quality between the KM 28-75 and this lens at 28mm and 75mm both wide open and closed down - there was a modest but not significant difference in image sharpness (the KM 28-75 being better, of course). Frankly, I was surprised that there was not a greater difference. The major weakness, and it is signifcant to me, is the cantankerous focusing. At times, usually in low light but also in high contrast situations, the focusing is very slow and ponderous. This is absolutely not a sport lens. In the scoring I would have given this lens another 3.5 rather than the four but the option was not available. I will use this lens as a walkabout lens when convenience is primary to image quality and I'm not expecting situations where fast focusing is a must (e.g., I missed some good shots at a zoo when animals were in a good "pose" but the lens was searching).

Acceptable IQ when stopped down; distortion at 18mm is greater than the distortion of the Sigma 12-24 at 12mm.

reviewer#819 date: May-20-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:A perfect lens if you only want to carry the camera with a lens and no camerabag. Bajonett mount for lens shade is both positive and negative. It´s fast to mount and unmount if you ever do that. It is also (hopfully) optimized shaped regarding the focal length. Focus ring fairly large.
negative:The lenshood bayonet mount makes it almost impossible to use it with polarizing filter. Plastic feeling.
comment:I really like the zoom range of this lens as I don´t have to carry a lot of lenses when travelling.
reviewer#739 date: May-1-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-300 xr ld if
Beercan
Sigma 70-300 dg apo macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Nice walk about lens, with great range.
compact
Decent wide angle range.
negative:Not as sharp as shorter length lenses.
Relatively expensive.
comment:A good all around lens, with decent wide angle capabilities.
Image quality is very similar to the Tamron 28-300 xr ld if, but cost is about twice as much. For me, the long end was more important, so I sold this one and kept the Tamron.

Not as sharp as either the beercan or the Sigma 70-300 dg apo.
reviewer#697 date: Apr-18-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 18-70 DT;
Tokina AT-X 24-200
price paid:
missing
positive:Very nice focal range, good build quality, light weight, good color and contrast.
negative:Slow focusing, focus hunting, slow startup (7D).
comment:Seeing as I had the Tokina 24-200 and the KM 18-70, I wanted to see if this lens could replace the above 2 lenses. I'm quite pleased with the sharpness, focal range, color, contrast and build quality of this lens. The front element doesn't turn when focusing or zooming, which is a plus.

However, I was disappointed with the focus speed, hunting and startup time on my 7D - compared to both the KM 18-70 and Tokina 24-200. For sports or birding, I couldn't recomend this lens and prefer the Tokina 24-200. But for it's intended purpose of a very useful focal range walk-around lens, it's pretty good.
reviewer#627 date: Mar-27-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:24-200 Tokina
18-200 Sigma
28-200 Tamron
price paid:
missing
positive:Good build quality
Reasonable sharpness and contrast
Relatively compact
negative:Slow start up
comment:For a 'super zoom', the KM 18-200 is one of the better built lenses. It is smooth, not too large, and uses a 62mm filter. As a walk about lens, it is great. It does distort at 18 (as do most wide lenses), and it is not as fast as some of the shorter focal lengths. Not quite as sturdy as the Tokina (but much lighter), it is well above the build quality of the Sigma and Tamron. Images are clean, sharp, and contrasty. There is not the muddiness that one often gets with the longer zooms. For use in the field, this one will help keep your sensor clean, as you may never have to remove it during the days' shooting. Works great on my 5D, and have tried it on a 7D as well.
reviewer#462 date: Jan-31-2006
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 28-100; Minolta 100-300.
price paid:
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positive:Large zoom range makes this a good 'walkabout' lens; front element doesn't rotate during focusing.
negative:*Very* slow focusing; a little soft (especially at the extremes); minor barrel distortion at wide end; price.
comment:If you're looking for one lens that covers a lot of zoom range, this is a good choice. Build quality feels better than the 28-100 'kit' lens. I haven't had a lot of chances to evaluate sharpness yet, but it seems to be about on a par with the KM28-100 or KM100-300 for the majority of its range, but does soften up at the extremes. The one major drawback appears to be the focusing speed which is easily the slowest of any Minolta lens I own. There is some barrel distortion at the wide end, but not as bad as I'd anticipated based on comments I'd read on the web. Unfortunately the filter size (62mm) doesn't match any of my other lenses.
reviewer#413 date: Jan-16-2006
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:huge zoom range
light
great for travel
circular aperture
negative:slow
lens creep, no zoom lock
comment:this isn't an easy review to write. for starters, i realise that based on the points i've given it, the average rating is going to be fairly low, which doesn't reflect how i feel about the lens at all.

yes, it's slow (AF and aperture), and not razor sharp. but the main selling point is the zoom range (27mm-300mm on digital). this is the one thing that makes people interested in the lens, but it's not something that the point system accounts for.

there is some distortion at wide end, which can look pretty bad on people shots (hard to avoid at 18mm on any lens though). landscapes with some correction done using PTLens turn out quite alright though.

f6.3 at 200mm, and so-so af speed means that it is not ideal for tracking birds/animals and getting nice bokeh at long range.

the lens creeps when pointed directly upwards or downwards. it extends by itself when walking around with it neck-slung, which is annoying.

hmm, quite a list of limitations.

my point is, be realistic about what this lens can do. it's not going to replace everything in your dry cabinet. but it *can* be a nice addition. some lenses are good for shooting sports, others for macro. this one is a great carry around lens for when you don't know what you're going to find. the zoom range also allows for more creative framing and perspective. the optics are actually pretty good considering that it's an 11x lens.
reviewer#400 date: Jan-11-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 2
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:DiMAGE A1
price paid:
missing
positive:Large range makes this an attractive walk around lens.
negative:Noticable distortion and some vigneting at wide angle, and not particulary sharp or fast.
comment:Never expected this lens to perform miracles, as I was mainly after a walk around lens with a focal range that would match that of the Minolta DiMAGE A1 I was upgrading from. The DiMAGE A1 takes noticable sharper pics with a max apeture ranging between f/2.8-3.5, although pics were still quite sharp with the KM 18-200 once stopped down. Distortion is quite bad at wide end, but not fatal. I have not used it in enough situations that produce flare to be able to properly judge its performance here, but it seems ok from what I have seen. Overall not a stunning lens, but stopped down is capable of puching out some pretty impressive pics, and well suited for doing hikes and things where lens swap overs are not always possible.
reviews found: 22   

rating summary

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  • total reviews: 22
  • sharpness: 4.07
  • color: 4.36
  • build: 3.73
  • distortion: 3.64
  • flare control: 4.05
  • overall: 3.97

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