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

reviewer#4502 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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:Konica Minolta A200 / 28-200
Konica Minolta 28-100 f/3.5-5.6
Minolta 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 17-35 f/3.5 G
Minolta 28-70 f/2.8 G
price paid:kit with KM5D
positive:Good range
Cheap
Lightweight
ADI
Flare resistant
negative:Build quality not so good
Stop down > f/5.6 for sharpness
Wobbling while focussing
Small focus ring
Front rotates while focusing
comment:This lens came with my Konica Minolta 5D body.
It isn't that bad as some say, but there's no magic either.
For starters not much to complain, only poor build maybe.
Image wobbles while focussing when looking through the VF.
Compared to better lenses slight dull colors and flattening of images but you have to look very good to notice.
Still way better than bridge camera's like the Konica Minolta A200.
I could live with this lens but the fun factor is higher with better lenses.

Update: the main competitor will be the newer plastic mount Sony DT lenses, like 18-55 SAM but also the cheap primes. The 18-55 is probably better value for money.

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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