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

reviewer#5439 date: May-23-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 16-80mm
Minolta 28-80mm
price paid:Kit lens (?)
positive:Cheap
Good focal lentgh range
negative:Most other features
comment:Came as a kit lens with my Dynax 5D. Front lens element fell off (under the daylight filter within a week.) Pictures were never really inspiring and I mainly used this lens for interior shots or where the wide angle was needed. Perhaps the only endearing feature of this lens is the price... but I would need convincing that was a good enough reason to buy one. Other than that my trusty, very old minolta 28-80mm, spent most of its time on the camera. Now both lenses sold along with the Dynax 5D to make way for an A900.

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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