Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 25   
reviewer#11780 date: Apr-19-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-200
price paid:Part of a57 kit
positive:-Range
-Great for video
-AF fast and quiet
negative:-Plastic build
comment:Great kit lens. AF is very fast and quiet which makes this lens great for video. Not the greatest lens in the world, but definitely a major step up from the 18-55 kit.
reviewer#11601 date: Jan-12-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-250/f3.5-6.3 HSM
Tamron 28-75/f2.8
price paid:$0 (kit lens)
positive:Small & Light
Good IQ (Sharp)
Quiet, generally accurate focus
Full-time MF
Price was right!
negative:No distance scale
Jittery focus at longer FLs
comment:This was a great "throw-in" kit lens when I bought a new A77 in Sept. 2013. It duplicated the focal range of my Sigma 18-250 HSM, but I still wanted it because my Sigma was not certified to work the A77 (A33 & A55, only). As a bonus, it is much smaller and lighter than my 18-250 HSM (which turned out to work fine with the A77), and my experience is that it is generally sharper and has less CA than the Sigma.

The focus is generally quick and quiet with one big exception. At longer focal (>100 mm) lengths, the autofocus becomes very jittery. Before it will lock focus, it does an annoying series of small incremental adjustments. It occurs even in good light, and is particularly apparent when going from close focus to long focus. I'm virtually certain it's not a defect with my copy because it's been noted by two reviewers here (Huge & Peter1982) as well as in this thread on DPReview:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3276025#forum-post-50002531

I thought about returning it, but subsequently determined it was a general issue. Because of this, I lowered the lens's build rating to 3.

For landscape and short focal length use, the lens is a joy to use and has good image quality at a great price. For telephoto use, I would look elsewhere.
reviewer#11478 date: Nov-12-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50 F1.8
Sony 18-70 F4.5-5.6
Tokina AT-X 840 AF-II 80-400 F4.5 - 5.6
price paid:bundled with A65
positive:Range
Sharpness
Size & Weight
negative:Vignetting wide open
Zoom a bit stiff at the extremities
Lower Aperture would be better
comment:Great lens, great all-rounder. I don't use my prime lens as much now because this little beauty is so versatile with brilliant results.
I would of given build, distortion and flare all 4.5 (if I could) because there is room for improvement, but for the price what this lens goes for it is quite hard not to score it high.

Build quality could be better as the zoom sticks a little and I believe it isn't weather proof like the 16-50m version.

The SAM is brilliant, very smooth and pretty quite.

Vignetting appears wide open and the lens gets super sharp around 50mm.

Flare pops in now and again, but nothing that a better hood couldn't fix and I was shooting in' very bright, low sunlight' with no filters on.

Overall brilliant lens, brilliant results, light, well built and I'm glad I got the extra zoom compared to the 16-50m. Check out the landscape photo (loch Skeen) and the fire in the sample part of this review to judge the quality yourself. I would paid £250-£300 quite happily for this lens but got it in a bundle.
reviewer#11442 date: Nov-7-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-105mm
Sony 18-55mm
Minolta 35-105mm
Minolta 28-135mm
Tamron 28-70/2.8
price paid:$275 (used)
positive:Excellent range
Light Weight
At its worst, it is still pretty good
negative:Loses sharpness from 18-24mm
Starts to lose contrast at ~100mm
comment:Excellent lens. It has a hair less sharpness than the 16-105mm, but more than makes up for it with a phenominal auto-focus. While Sony calls it SAM, it is vastly superior to other SAM's like the 18-55mm and the 35/1.8. It is much closer to the SSM on my 70-400G. It is fast and silent. For anyone looking for a perfect video lens with very good still performance and range beyond 50mm, this is THE lens to get.
reviewer#11390 date: Oct-14-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135mm Secret Handshake.
SAL 75-300
price paid:with A77
positive:Size - Compact lens with good range.
Sharp
Value for money
Versatile Travel Lens
Fast AF ,
Less Noisy
Good Focus Range.
negative:The grip (attracts dust )
comment:This lens IS THE MODERN SECRET HANDSHAKE without the cons of the older lens, which include MFD , and weight. This is a great general purpose lens . I got it with Sony A77, and now is a standard in my Kit.I found it to have somewhat same colors as minolta 28-135mm lens. At 18mm it is quite compact and balances very well with A77 at all focal lengths. It surely is a keeper.
reviewer#11239 date: Jul-7-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm f/2.8
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Sony 85mm f/2.8
Minolta 100-200mm f/4.5
Minolta 35-105mm f/4
price paid:200 GBP (new)
positive:Centre sharpness
Lightweight
Bokeh at long end
Fast & quiet AF
negative:Feels plastic (because it is).
comment:Light and compact. In real life situations and good light, this matches the performance of the primes listed. I find myself only using my primes when I'm in low light. This lens stays on the camera most of the time. 18mm is as wide as I ever want to go and the distortion is well corrected. 135mm is fine for walkabout and I swap to the gorgeous Minolta 100-200 beyond that.
The SAM is fast and accurate and is great for the occasional video, where the quietness is good.
reviewer#11220 date: Jun-30-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 28-135
Sony 16-105
price paid:295 USD (new)
positive:Light
Quiet and Fast focus
Bang for Buck
Sharp in center at all apertures.
Good CA control (the rest easily removed in post)
negative:Corners - Im extremely nitpicking here though, corners are better than any DT Zoom lens I own from Sony thus far.
comment:Got the lens on sale at LCS For $320AUD (295USD)

Vs the Minolta 28-135
Pros;
Sharper in center,
Lighter and Smaller
A lot quieter + quicker auto focus

Cons;
Not as sharp in the corners, but the 28-135mm lens covers a full frame sensor so corner performance is bound to be better on a crop sensor.


Vs the SAL 16-105
Pros;
Better performance across the whole focal range
Lighter
Goes to 135mm vs 105mm
Sharper in the mid sections and corners
Sturdier when zoomed out, The 16-105mm at 105 feels like it might fall off.

Cons;
Bigger (but lighter)
not as wide 18mm vs 16mm on the 16-105


All up I was very surprised by the performance of this lens, I will be getting rid of my SAL 16-105 and 18-55. I have this lens on my A77 most of the time when im walking around the city or Hiking, in all other cases I switch between this and the Tamron 70-300 USD.
reviewer#11177 date: Jun-3-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-200
Sony 18-250
Sony 16-105
Zeiss 16-80
price paid:199 GBP
positive:Everything
negative:Pity its not a bit longer
comment:Modern day 'Secret Handshake'.

Must have for APSC user
reviewer#11079 date: Apr-27-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50 2.8 SSM
TAmron 28-300
Sigma 18-250 HSM Macro
Sony 18-55 SAM (kit lens)
price paid:219 £ (new)
positive:Very good extinction resolution (Rayleigh criterion)
CA is simple and easily removed
Good build
Fast focus
Distortion is mostly simple and easily removed in camera or by post processing from raw
negative:From 90-135, focus can occasionally hunt briefly
Some loss of chrominance micro-contrast
Astigmatism at ends of range (only in corners, but see comments)
Varifocal (hence no distance scale!)
comment:I was having difficulty deciding HOW to review this lens

I decided to work on the basis that most people will use in-camera jpg or a more recent RAW converter that handles distortion and CA. In this lens, these aberrations are quite significant, but fairly simple and designed for correction; so in reality are not a problem at all.

The sharpness/contrast characteristic is again designed so that post processing can reveal remarkable levels of detail, with only the corner astigmatism remaining (but see the comment on DxO). Of course this approach only sharpens luminance, so there is a detectable loss of chominance micro-contrast remaining, but this is nit picking). These two prevent it getting 5 for both sharpness and colour. The results I have obtained are significantly better than those obtained by Kurt Munger in his review of this lens (was his lens a pre-production example perhaps?).

DxO. Finally, when the images are processed using DxO 8, the lens profile is excellent an also corrects the astigmatism; this lens then gets a 5 for sharpness. In fact the images are SO good that, in many cases, they are better than in-camera jpeg images from the Sony 16-50 2.8! - quite an astonishing feat for a 7.5x zoom. For anyone using this lens I heartily recommend DxO, it's the best accessory you can buy for it!

Like the 16-50 this is another lens that doesn't (generally) get in the way during picture taking; it just does it's job unobtrusively, allowing you to concentrate on the image.

Bottom Line: Very good lens, easy to use, and when used with distortion and CA correction this lens will not disappoint at all; when used with DxO it's simply amazing.

This is now my walkabout lens, I just don't see any significant loss of quality compared to the 16-50.
reviewer#11072 date: Apr-25-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-80
50/1.4
price paid:400 USD (new)
positive:Range
Fast and Quiet AF
Build
SAM motor
Sharp
light
negative:nothing to mention
comment:better then CZ16-80. Highly recommended.
reviewer#10980 date: Mar-14-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55 3.5-5.6 SAM
Minolta 28-135 4-4.5
KonicaMinolta 28-75 2.8
Tamron 17-55 2.8
Minolta Beercan 70-210 4
Minolta Big Beercan 75-300 4.5-5.6
Minolt 80-200 2.8 APO
Sony 18-200 3.5-6.3
price paid:239£ (new)
positive:Compact, colors, sharpness, weight.
negative:A bit stiff zooming
comment:The updated SAM is fast, accurate and silent.
Bought it new without box from UK, to a good price. This is not as sharp in the corners as the KM 28-75 or Tam 17-50 wide open but it sharpens up nicely at f8. Center is really sharp from wide open. I will use this as a travellens. Much better sharpness, contrast and colors than the 18-200. Color are a little more blue than minolta, still good colors.
A little busy bokeh, worse thena the Beercan.
Nice Minimal Focal Distance.
No need for the zoom-lock so far
.
Update: Compared to my 28-135 4-4.5 "Secret handshake" it wins hands down. Better contrast, no CA, sharper.
I made a test at maximum open f-stop (same apreture) This lens is definitely more sharp than Minolta 28-135 f:4-4.5. Tested at
@28 f:4
@35 f:4.5
@50 f:5
@70 f:5.6
@100 f:5.6
@135 f:5.6
This lens has more contrast, much less CA, is more sharp, less prone to flare, much better MFD.
reviewer#10976 date: Mar-12-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-80 CZ
24-85
price paid:220 eur (used)
positive:+ range
+ SAM
+ sharp
+ fast focus
+ lightweight
negative:- no macro
- APSC
comment:Best colors, range and weight for money.
reviewer#10846 date: Jan-12-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 24-85 mm RS
- Minolta 28-105 mm RS
- Sigma 18-200 mm DC
- Sony 18-55 mm
- Sony 18-70 mm
- Tamron 28-200mm (not macro)
price paid:295 € (new)
positive:- Sharp
- light weight
- range
- the new SAM
- CA-correction (with newer SLTs, like A65)
- distortion correction
negative:- AF sometimes a little bit nervous between 100-135 mm
- only 135 mm
- only F3,5-5,6 (but it is normal for a 7,5x zoom lens)
- some vignetting with Raynox DCR-FE181pro Fisheye converter(more then the Sigma)
comment:This is the best all-round lens I've ever had (especially for travelling). It has the Image quality of the Minolta 28-105 mm RS, with a better range for APS-C, the new quiet SAM and no CA (A65 has a correction for this lens). I have also the Sigma 18-200mm DC, which is a great lens, but it has sometimes a lot of CA and a noisy AF, which is not good for video recording.
So if you have a SLT with lens corrections and if you're looking for a all-round lens for trevelling and video recording, I would recommend you this lens.
reviewer#10829 date: Jan-10-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL 55-200
Kit lens 18-55
price paid:550 CAN
positive:fast focus
colors
fits excellent with Sony A57
negative:non
comment:Very good lens compare to lenses listed above. Now I'm looking forward to buy macro lens 50/2.8 or 100/2.8.
reviewer#10826 date: Jan-10-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 25-105
price paid:500 USD
positive:fast focusing , Color
negative:nothing
comment:
missing
reviewer#10745 date: Dec-1-2012
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-55 sony
24-135 Tamron SP
35-105 Minolta
price paid:200 euro
positive:Good built quality
Good range
SAM autofocus
negative:Not so sharp as expected.
comment:I think the sharpness of this lens is somewhat overrated, and the lens is just as sharp as to be expected for this kind of zoom range.
reviewer#10736 date: Nov-29-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-105 Sony
24-70 f2.8 CZ
price paid:425 USD (new)
positive:The weight is considerably lighter than the 16-50
It doesn't creep like the 16-105.
the color is good I find I need to uner exppose to get good saturation.
I have not shot any structures so I may be off on the distortion
no flare yet.
negative:Plastic construction.
comment:I bought the lens because it covered the focal range I needed and found it to be much better than I expected
This is a keeper. I will review the build rating after I have used it more and can see how well it holds up.

After using this lens for a year for my hiking companion it is still working well.

I just purchased an Sony A7R and discovered that the lens works equally well with either my A99 or my new A7R. I have tested it with both the EA1 and EA4 A to E adapters with equal success.
reviewer#10684 date: Nov-10-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 2.8
Sony Sal55-200
price paid:305 euro bulk new
positive:Feel
focus and zoom ring
Color
Price!
negative:nothing to mention
comment:Balances well with my A57. Zoomring and manualfocus ring are well placed en big enough to have a good grip. No lenscreep tiny lock button not necessary. Range is great. I am used to the combo 17-50 and 55-200 but thes two lenses will stay in my bag. Great lens for daily use. Love it.
reviewer#10661 date: Nov-6-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 1870, Sony 18-70, Minolta 24-28, Minolta 100-300, Tamron 90mm.
price paid:<£300
positive:Well made and nicely proportioned lens with a nice firm feel to the zoom ring. Good for colour, contrast, sharpness and speed of operation. Nice bokeh at the 135mm end with closeups.
negative:Distortiion at 18mm needed to be fixed in Photoshop from KM 5D image. Sony A57 appears to autofix it with just a little cropping. 62mm filter required.
comment:I can recommend this lens for anyone who wants something better than the basic kit lens and who doesn't want to pay a premium for the nicer shorter zooms. If light weight is vitally important then stay with the standard kit lens and use Photoshop CS to improve contrast and sharpness etc.
reviewer#10599 date: Oct-16-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL16-105, SAL18-55
price paid:bundled with the a77
positive:Range
Fast and Quiet AF
Build
SAM motor
Sharp
negative:Not weather sealed
Distortion at 18mm
comment:This piece came bundled with my a77. At first, I thought about selling it. But then I decided to use it a little and found it is a keeper. It is as sharp as a zoom of this range can be - which is, comparing it to the 16-105, damn sharp. I think it really shines when you use it with the a77. Didn't have to do AF adjustment on it, since it was spot on from the beginning. Seems to be as sharp as the 16-105

Colors are really good - not Minolta good, but Sony good. Comparing it to the SAL-16-105, I probably could not tell one lens from the other at the same focal lenght.

This lens seems to have a rather sturdy built - it is much better built at first glance than the 16-105, which was not poorly build lens at all. It has a metal mount, doesn't expand when focusing and the focus rings is very smooth thanks to SAM. AF is fast and quiet. I would probably rate this as 4.75 if it were possible, since it doesn't have weather sealing. As it came bundled with the a77, it would be a rather nice feature to have. What made me keep this lens is the SAM motor. Since I intend on doing video, having a quiet AF motor and smooth MF is welcome.

Oh, and this lens looks sexy on new sony bodies.

Distortion is pretty pronounced at 18mm. Vignetting is also present and noticeable. Something that is expected in a lens of this range.

This lens comes with a petal hood, which is a great aid in flare control. If you don't take the hood off, you won't have much problem with flare as far as my testing of it goes. One interesting thing to point out is the format of the light flare it produces. I am into long exposure night photography and this lens produces a much more pleasing (IMO)pattern of light sources than the SAL16-105. Despite both having round aperture, the 18-135 produces a rounded pattern, which is really easy on the eyes, even when the lens is stopped down - while the 16-105 produces that star like patterns if is isn't used wide open, which I find really distractive.

If you are looking for a super zoom lens, this one is a great option to consider. Only if Sony had put this nice SAM motor on the 16-105...
reviewer#10594 date: Oct-15-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-50
cz16-80
18-250
M 28-135
price paid:
missing
positive:135 bokeh
more than sharp enough
negative:
missing
comment:Exactly what I was looking for with more versatility than the CZ16-80 and quiet faster focusing than the 18-250.

It's as if the 16-50/2.8 SSM and the 18-250 had a "love child" lens... inheriting some versatility and bokeh from the 18-250 and approaching build quality, IQ, almost quiet quick focusing of the 16-50.

if looking foe a versatile focal length walk around lens for photos, quiet and quick AF... this is it...

reviewer#10537 date: Sep-22-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50
Tamron 17-50
Sigma 50-150
Tamron 70-210
Tamron 18-250
price paid:499 USD
positive:Sharp
Color
Focal range
Build
negative:Distortion at 18mm
comment:I have only owned this lens a short time, but I can say my initial impressions are great. I sold my Sony 16-50 to get this lens to have more range and I am very happy with this decision. The lens is very sharp and will be on my A57 the vast majority of the time. Great all around lens. Highly recommended.
reviewer#10523 date: Sep-20-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Everything else in this category on the market :)
price paid:$425.00
positive:Build quality, silent focusing, 135mm performance, magnification, bokeh, weight and size, versatile
negative:Nitpicking- Barrell and vignetting distortions on 18mm end, wide open (but normal for such a lens)
comment:Full review on photographic-central.blogspot.com for more comments, but basically this is my favorite wide angle consumer zoom kit lens to date. Great features (full time DMF for example) great performance on the long end (no drop off and sharp wide open), good weight, great handling, great price and more.
reviewer#10465 date: Aug-22-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70, 18-55, 18-250
price paid:£295
positive:Quick AF, handy range and lightweight
negative:Colors may need some adjustment?
comment:Got this lens to replace 18-55 and has a much improved efficient edge. Sharper images throughout.
Newer SAM is evident with quicker AF and am very plesed so far with performance on a57.
Very reasonable for anyone looking for better smaller lightweight zoom lens.
reviewer#10457 date: Aug-18-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 2.8 16-50mm
Tamron 70-300mm USD
Sigma 18-200mm
price paid:500 EUR
positive:- the range
- quite and fast focus
negative:
missing
comment:Great travel lens. It is quite, fast and very light. The range is great for holiday, hiking, and for different occ. when you want to have wide angle and tele in one lens.

The lens is very quite thanks to the obvious new SAM. It is also fast. Therefore useable for video as well.
reviews found: 25   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 25
  • sharpness: 4.56
  • color: 4.76
  • build: 4.56
  • distortion: 4.44
  • flare control: 4.76
  • overall: 4.62

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