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

reviewer#614 date: Mar-22-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.5
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:28-80mm D f3.5-5.6
price paid:
positive:- Light.
- Small.
- Cheap.
- Nice color rendition.
- Good, useful range: 27-105mm
negative:- Distortion at both ends.
- Rather slow.
- No DOF scale.
- Laughable hood.
comment:Even though it is slow, not that sharp and has noticeable distortion at both ends, I still like it as it is an ideal "walk-around" lens with it's equivalent 27-105mm range. This is one lens to take out when you are restricted in terms of luggage. It will cover most street and landscape photography requirements. They are pretty cheap now on Ebay (around 100$) and are a good deal at this price.

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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