Minolta AF DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 D A-mount lens review by Rush2112

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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 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

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 125
  • sharpness: 3.69
  • color: 4.01
  • build: 3.07
  • distortion: 3.51
  • flare control: 3.73
  • overall: 3.60
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