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

reviewer#607 date: Mar-22-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
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 17-35 D
price paid:
Good sharpness when stopped down
(way down)
negative:You really need to stop down to f11 for sharpness
Cheaply made
Light loss at wide end
Poor detail
Plastic Mount
comment:I did not get along very well with this lens. I had a difficult time getting it to meter correctly and it was just not sharp unless it was stopped way down. That being said, you can buy one for $100.00 or less which probably makes it the best lens in it's class. At this range, however, the class is very narrow. I also found that detail seemed to fall off quite a bit at the edges at 18mm. I was truly ready to give up on wide angle because this lens was really frustrating. After buying the 17-35 I went back and reshot some things and found that the lens was definately the problem. If you need the range, and all you have is $100 or so than this is your lens. If you can shell out a couple hundred more (or wait until you can) than buy the 17-35, it's worth it.

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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