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

reviewer#4390 date: Nov-15-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:28-75/2.8
price paid:100 USD (new - kit)
positive:- Sharp stopped down a bit
- Good range
- Fast AF
- Light
negative:- Build quality isn't the best
- Front rotates during focusing
- Small focus ring
comment:This is actually a decent kit lens IMO - especially considering it only costs $100. I got some good shots with it on vacation a couple years back. It needs to be stopped down to about f8 before it really start to shine but it is quite usable at that point.

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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