Sony AF DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II A-mount lens review by derekw

reviewer#11268 date: Jul-25-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Sony 18-55 SAM original
price paid:part of A58 kit
positive:Very sharp
Good colours
Quiet autofocus
negative:Nothing to speak of
No hood with kit
comment:Almost identical IQ to a good copy of the original version but more resistant to flare.

EDIT Just taken some close up shots in the garden at 55mm f5.6. Sharpness and details are outstanding, not quite macro quality but nevertheless very usable. I would imagine when this lens hits the second hand market, it will sell for a similar price to the original version. You wont find a better lens for the price. If you don't need the larger maximum apertures, don't waste money on expensive 17/18-50 f2.8s which won't be any better. This lens is that good.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 4.42
  • color: 4.47
  • build: 3.53
  • distortion: 3.95
  • flare control: 4.26
  • overall: 4.13 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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