Minolta AF DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 D A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 125    << 1 2 3 4 5
reviewer#237 date: Nov-24-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:50mm/1.7, 35-75/2.8, 35-70/4
price paid:
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positive:Very inexpensive, light, long zoom range.
negative:Flimsy, unsharp at the long end
comment:Light inexpensive lens. A kit-lens, but it is usable, especially stepped down. I like it as a wide-angle lens, At 18mm, it is relatively sharp and fast (3.5). At the long end 70mm it is useless unless stepped down to at least f8. All in all, it is an OK started lens until you can afford something better.

Update:
I have had a look at some of the pictures taken at 18mm, and I notice quite a lot of distortion at the wide end.
reviewer#202 date: Nov-3-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap.
Good zoom range (wide to tele)
negative:Slow.
cheap.
comment:Hey, it's a hundred-dollar lens. Those migrating from digital cameras should love this lens and it's a good place to start. Those that have shot with fast and SHARP primes will see the difference. It's really that simple.
Still, it's a nice lens to have at the bottom of the bag and if you damage it - hey, it was only a hundred (or less!) bucks.
reviewer#170 date: Oct-25-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap, OK at wide angle,
A pretty good al around lens.
Macro capability.
negative:Seems cheap builded.
comment:It is what you expect of a kit lens, not so good, not so bad.
You get 3.5 aperture only at wideangle, so it is not a so luminous one.

Barrel distortion at wide angle.
It is sharp, and you can get really good close ups wiht it, but not 1:1.
reviewer#163 date: Oct-22-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap (Kit Lens), good macro, good sharpness, light, nice design, Wide Angle
negative:Some time a bit slow to focus.
comment:A very nice Kit lens, that is still surprising me every time I use it. It has a nice sharpness, and covers a range from wide angle to tele 70 (105mm in 35mm world). The colours are well rendered. It can also makes pretty sharps macro.
If you want to have a look on some of the shots taken with it, then look at http://www.photosig.com/go/users/userphotos?id=221264
reviewer#162 date: Oct-21-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Af 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:cheap, light, good wideangle coverage
negative:wideangle distortion
comment:Sharp if stopped down to about f/8. Wide angle noticeable distortion. A good general purpose lens, but a bit slow at the telephoto end. Fairly rapid autofocus.
I prefer my AF 24-85mm, but shall keep this for wideangle use until I get something better.
reviews found: 125    << 1 2 3 4 5

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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