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

reviewer#6884 date: Feb-9-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
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:50mm 1.7
beercan
28-135mm
80-200 hs g
price paid:kit lens
positive:Cheap
Cheerful
Not a bad performer over the whole range
negative:Distortion
At any length there are better options
comment:This is an average lens that works well in all situations without being exceptional in any. My copy is pretty sharp although I hear some are not, the build quality certainly is cost saving - But if I picked up my camera and this was attached I would consider leaving it on rather than immediately reach for a prime or "better" lens. I'd say this lens was under-rated by many.

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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