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

reviewer#9332 date: Aug-13-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss 16-80mm.
Minolta 24-105mm.
Minolta 17-35mm.
price paid:
positive:Optical quality for the price.
negative:Plastic build.
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.

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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