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

reviewer#458 date: Jan-31-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 28-75 2.8
price paid:
positive:Value for money, 18mm wide end
negative:Soft unless stopped down
comment:I bought this along with my 7D, I paid about 100 dollars for it. For that price it is very good. It's a useful outside lens in good light, and is quite sharp when stopped down to f/8 or so. The 18mm wide end has distortion, but landscape shooters will appreciate this focal length, which is absent on many FF lenses.

Hood is absurdly small.

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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