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

reviewer#12162 date: Mar-5-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Many
price paid:
positive:Image quality compare to PZ
49mm filter
Traditional hood
No need for specific camera to get decent jpeg image quality
fairly compact
negative:not pocketable
no distance scale
comment: I am always impressed by the performance of this lens. For a lens this small with OSS, it can't be beat. It doesn't deliver complex distortion and corner interference without jpeg correction, though it does distort (correctible in post). It has good sharpness in the center and has an excellent and well tested range (~28-80mm) range on full frame coverage. It has a solid build for it's size and it's barrel is clad of aluminum instead of plastic. It works well.

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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