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

reviewer#9703 date: Dec-19-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
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:Minolta 35-70 F/4 Baby Beercan
price paid:
positive:Light weight
Sharp when stopped down
Decent wide angle
negative:Plastic build!
AF hunts badly on action shots
comment:I needed a wide angle lens and didn't want to pay for a decent prime. I got this in a box of lenses at a swap meet ($10.00 for the whole box).

It does indeed do a decent job as a wide angle; it will fulfill my needs until something better comes along... but it's TERRIBLE for shooting sports (my main thing). On my Alpha 7D the lens chip argues with the camera's logic chip, and AF is all over the place! Typically, it locks nicely into focus... but whrn I trip the shutter, the AF kicks in again and UNfocuses badly just before the shutter trips!

For me, this is a MANUAL focus lens, and there it does a decent job... but for the REAL shooting, it'll NEVER replace my Baby Beercan!

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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