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

reviewer#8557 date: Jan-24-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 3.9
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:
price paid:kit
positive:+ light
+ good range
+ sharp stopped down
negative:- build
- distortion is heavy
- unable to provide enough resolution for newer sensors
comment:Well, it's a good companion for the KM5D or 7D, but it lacks resolution to give good images on cameras with 12MP and more.
However if you make small prints and/or resize your digital images to about 3-4MP, then it's practically ideal.

The only really bad thing is the distortion, which is noticeable on both ends.
I also haven't experienced any flare with this lens, even though I've lost the hood (which is extremely small anyway).

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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