Minolta AF DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 D A-mount lens review by Rush2112
|Rush2112#10156 date: Apr-29-2012|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Every other maker's kit lens.|
|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.