Sony AF DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II A-mount lens review by am2lo

reviewer#11487 date: Nov-17-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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:Minolta AF 35-70 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5 N
price paid:kit lens
Quiet autofocus
Good colors
negative:No hood with kit
some vignetting and distortion at 18mm
Rubber smell on hands
comment:I am satisfied with this lens, taking into account the price I paid for the camera+lens.

Compared to my old Minolta 35-70 it is solid built and it is sharper (EDIT: no it is not sharper!!!). Works well as a daylight video lens at 28mm and 35mm.

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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