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

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

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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