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

reviewer#6008 date: Sep-7-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
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:(on canon) 18-55 kit lens
tamron 28-300 ld
minolta 28-80 film camera kit lens
70-210 beercan
price paid:
positive:Highly usable range
can produce good images when used properly
not always as bad as made out by some
focus ring does not shift when the camera tilts as with some kit lenses
negative:rotating filter

zoom can be shifted unintentionaly
comment:This is my 5d kit lens, I was pleased with the range and glad the manual focus did not shift when you tilt the camera, a negative of my older minolta 28-80.

filters do show up in the image corners @18mm which is crappy.

The corners are generaly soft unless stopped down.

From experience this lens was better than the canon 18-55 in build sharpness and range.

the hood is usless as a hood, I use it backwards as a focus ring, this has also allowed me to perfect my two fingered technique for adjusting the focus and polarising filter simultaniously.

I have replaced this lens with the cz16-80.

Dont buy this lens, buy some other one.

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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