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

reviewer#11464 date: Nov-10-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SEL50f18, Sigma 30/2.8
price paid:€85 (used)
positive:It was cheap, it has nice build quality (I rated it #5, because I always am amazed by it's build for this low price).
Has OSS!
negative:It isn't really light weight, or small. Focus isn't bad, but also not the fastest in the world.
Sharpness and colour could be better, but aren't bad either. The contrast could be better though.
Lens hood was lost, it get lost quickly and is expensive new. Bought replacement for a few euro's, but that doesn't fit and look as nice as the flimsy original Sony.
comment:This lens is nice to have. Get's you started with the NEX system. I used it more than 70% off time, just because it's handy.
But the SEL50f18 and Sigma 30/2.8 lenses give better results.

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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