Minolta AF DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 D A-mount lens review by 66mikeg

reviewer#41984 date: Jan-8-2018
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:AF 35-70
AF 28-80
price paid:£35
positive:Light
Good colour
Acceptable sharpness
negative:Plastic build
Variable quality
comment:I had a collection of Minolta AF lenses belonging to AF9000 film camera and bought a couple of cheap sony Alpha bodies to use them on. The first copy of this lens came with one of these and whilst not absolute rubbish had some issues with distortion and CA. it duly got listed on ebay. The AF28-80 and AF35-70 both good lenses weren't realy wide enough on APS-C crop so back to ebay and paid £35 for another 18-70. This was considerably better thann the first and despite the plastic build gives good results with a third party lens hood replacing the joke that it originally sported. this reminded me that with the film cameras i had to try a couple of copies of the 28-80 before I got a good one.

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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