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

reviewer#9855 date: Jan-27-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4
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 28-85
Minolta 35-70 f/4
Sigma 28-80
price paid:$60 (used)
positive:Range
Weight
Versatility
Fast autofocus
negative:Build
comment:I really wish this lens had a metal mount. On the other hand, I like the weight. I bought my camera as the body only and picked this up to compare to the 28-85. If other options are available for wide angle, the 28-85 is a superior "normal-tele" lens, but I found them close enough in everyday performance that the lower weight and wider low range of the 18-70 give it the edge.

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
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania