Minolta AF DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 D A-mount lens review by Jozioau
|Jozioau#9332 date: Aug-13-2011|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Carl Zeiss 16-80mm.|
|positive:||Optical quality for the price.|
|comment:||This was the kit lens that originally came with my Konica Minolta 5D, and I kept it when I moved on to my Sony Alpha a100.|
I found the optical quality very good through its range, with a bit of noticeable pin-cushioning (wide) and barrelling (tele) at its extremes, but generally very good image quality for its price. The build quality is plastic and it felt somewhat flimsy compared to the Minolta 24-105mm and the Minolta 17-35mm zooms, but I must say it performed well and reliably while I had it.
I was ultimately convinced to save for a Carl Zeiss 16-80mm and I must say when I ended up buying one, I was struck by the extra dimension in its image quality, but for an inexpensive kit lens, the 18-70mm does a good job. I've posted some sample images that show off its capabilities.