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Keywords: Sony Wide Mid Tele Zoom A-Mount DT APS-C SAM Tested


Registered: October 2011
Posts: 8
Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM SAL-1855 review by infocus
Review Date: 5/7/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $53.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Quite decent performance, very inexpensive as a kit lens
Cons: non really at this price point

This is an A-mount DT lens (DSLR APS-C format), quite different from the somewhat inferior E-mount variety with built-in IS. IS-lenses will probably, regardless of manufacturer, tend to have a negative effect on image quality! The Sony A mount 18-55mm, however, always turns out quite satisfactory images using it on a Sony A-mount camera with in-camera IS. There is absolutely no reason not to buy this as part of a camera kit. The 18-55mm zoom range is the most popular among the lens manufacturers, and this one is nearly as good as the Pentax equivalent; both at the same price point, while the more expensive Canon is somewhere in-between performance wise. The much more expensive latest Nikon zoom gives very soft corners at the wide end and some weird behaviour. This Sony lens is not impressively built, but that has no effect on the photographic results, justefying in my opinion a top overall rating for this price. Regards JvE

Note: The new mark-II version of this lens is apparently somewhat optically improved, but with a much improved zoom operation that is very smooth and precise, and I think, better appearance without the unnecessary silver ring. (Also tested)

Registered: May 2011
Posts: 3
Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM SAL-1855 review by revdano1
Review Date: 5/7/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $85.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Good sharp, clean and crisp pics over all.
Cons: Soft on right bottom corner. if it were longer.

This is a very decent lens. Most overlook this lens as it's a kit lens, however, they are missing out on what this lens is capable of doing , and spending extra money on lens that they don't need to spend.

I mainly used it for kids photos and macro pics of flowers. It does a very good job as it is mostly clean, crisp and sharp, and I am very pleased with the color it produces.

If you have this lense don't be in too much of a hurry to brush it off, as it is a good lens and esp. for the price.

Registered: January 2011
Posts: 1
Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM SAL-1855 review by Steve07
Review Date: 1/7/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $100.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: small, lightweight, sharp, nice colours
Cons: no hood included, limited zoom range

Did receive it in the 2 lens package and did not had good expectations. But it deserves a closer look and respect for sharpness and colours. Very satisfied with optical performance. Reasons to change only because of zoom range and better aperture values from other lenses. Definitely best bang for your bucks.

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 22
Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM SAL-1855 review by Beachrider
Review Date: 12/29/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $100.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Small, light and optically stronger than 18-70 that preceded it.
Cons: Plastic lens mount, limited zoom range, SAM quieter than in-camera AF, noiser than SSM/HSM/USM

Purchased used. IQ for the price is quite good. Colors are well above average. Zoom range and max-aperature are limited due to price-point. SAM is compatible with contrast-mode focusing on 2010+ cameras, in-camera focus is not. Over time, I find myself using 35 f/1.8 instead of this lens. You should have it in your bag if you have both NEX and Alpha. It works exceptionally well with LA-EA1 on NEX.


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