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

reviewer#4243 date: Oct-14-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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:KM 28-75/2.8
Minolta 35-70/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:Kit Lens
positive:Good range on APS-C.
Good range for travel photography.
Light to carry.
Common filter size.
18mm is wide on APS-C.
negative:Built to price point not performance point.
Resale value very low.
comment:Kit lens with my 5D, this is actually a good lens. When I look back at early photos with my 5D, where I was in P mode and so the camera was stopping down, I am often surprised to find some very sharp shots.

The lens has its limitations though, the limited aperture especially at the 70mm end means poor low light performance.

The build quality is not poor, but its not great either.

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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