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

reviewer#27588 date: May-26-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:All "A mt. Minolta zoom lenses since 1985
price paid:$25.00
positive:Lightweight ABS and optically designed for the KM 5D & 7D digital camera CCD chip. Uses 8 contact pins has ED glass two elements for correcting C.A. and spherical abberation. Image quality is striking on 6 meg files with 7.5 um pixel size for 2005 with D rating also
negative:At the time 2005 , seemed like a cheap build quality, in the days of Brass and aluminium metal lenses
comment: It's 2016 May 25 now and I just tested this lens for the FIRST time. I put it on a LA-EA4 Sony adapter and a Sony A7r. While it vignettes from 18 to 24 on FF cameras it amazing after 24 to 80mm and sharp as razor blades in AF focus.
Now on the KM 7D is also extremely good and for the cheap money these days a real sleeper! You would be a fool to pass up this lens, designed for CCD chips not CMOS, but works so well with A7r CMOS chip and has full EXIF data. WOW!

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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