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

reviewer#5897 date: Aug-24-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 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 own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
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positive:Lightweight
Good range for indoor
Pretty fair MFD
Pretty sharp @ F5.6
Fast AF
negative:Plastic fantastic
Hunts a bit in low light
Lens wobbles when focusing
comment:Got this as a kit lens with my 5D, I have managed to take a couple of great shots with this lens but mostly I'm disappointed by the performance. It feels like the lens is going to come apart when it is focusing, it wobbles and makes noisy clicking sounds.

I do not recommend this lens unless you just want a cheap lens that you can bang around and don't worry if it breaks.

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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