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

reviewer#680 date: Apr-12-2006
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
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 Z5 built-in lens, Nikon D70s with dedicated Nikkor 18-70mm
price paid:
positive:Cheap and gets you started in dSLR business, light, AF speed is OK, good, in my case covering 80% of needs, zoom range
negative:Soft, noisy AF, rotating front element, slow (you'll hit F5.6 sonner than you may expect)
comment:Tested with KM 5D it was ok as a kit lens but no way it could be compared to more expensive lenses (unless you close it down to F8 or so) - I want something brighter without loosing too much sharpness. AF is ok but slower than Nikkor 18-70 and much noisier. In low light and longer focal lengths hunts a lot. Front element rotates and there's no AF override. It also feels cheap but not too cheap given its price. The sad thing is that I feel my point-and-shoot KM Z5 has much better optics and I wanted a better camera without sacrifying optical quality. I guess you can't have both unless you spend lots of $$.

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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