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

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

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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