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

reviewer#7772 date: Aug-2-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.3
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:100-200/4,5
50/1,7
sony 18-70
price paid:came with camera
positive:light,
good enough wide open
negative:think, that should work better when on F8... especially in terms of sharpness and aberration,
mechanically nothing really great
comment:Sometimes I was surprised how good it was wide open, but also how little improved when set to apertures that should optically be the best (around F8).
Focusing not so fast on 5D, maybe (subjective) faster on 5, but ok
Colors are nothing special - 100-200 beats it by far.
Also I liked the effect when used wide on Dynax 5... but thats something not so objective
Few days ago something inside has broken and the lens does not focus, so I bought sony 18/70 second hand and to be honest, didnĀ“t await a lot... but my initial impression is that sony feels better and the images also seem to be sharper...
Overall - normal lens for events, where it can come to harm without that "pop up" in images, that 50 and 100-200 have.

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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