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

reviewer#629 date: Mar-27-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:Minolta 35-80 macro, Tamron 35-90, Minolta 50 f1.7
price paid:
positive:Good value for money, nice zoom range, very good at wide end
negative:Plastic bayonet, quicky geta to f5.6 max ap.
comment:Very good value for money, sharpest at the wide end even wide open), but still OK at 70mm.

Focuses down to 38cm. f3.5 maximum ap. only extends to 19mm, f4 goes up to 24mm, f4.5 to 27mm and f5.0 to 34mm. Everything from 34mm upwards is f5.6

Full observed results across range (centre/edge):

18mm: f3.5 centre=4(sharp)/edge=4(sharp), f4.0 4.5/4, f5.6 4.5/4, f8.0 4/4, f11.0 4.5/4
40mm: f5.6 4/3.5, f8.0 4/4, f11.0 4/4
70mm: f5.6 3.5/3, f8.0 4/3.5, f11.0 4/4

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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