Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount lens review by Aavo

reviewer#11418 date: Oct-31-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:SAL 16-80 CZ. No more zooms for comparison at the moment. 16-80 is great compared to 18-55, but this little lens is still good kit lens.
price paid:Kit for NEX-7
positive:With sharp centre and great colors OSS lens. Lightweight and easy to carry. Build qualitiy is good compared to older a-mount cheaper lenses. This lens is modest for 24MP sensor, better for 16MP sensor.
negative:Nothing really.
comment:Can be used as everyday lens, if you do not ask much from cheap kit zoom. Good to crop the centre area, when wide open, but probably not more than 1/3 off.

I have replaced 18-55 with 16-50 because of pancake design.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 3.89
  • color: 4.33
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 3.67
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.04 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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