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

reviewer#11609 date: Jan-15-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 100-300mm f4.5 - 5.6
Minolta 70-210mm f4
Minolta 35-105mm f3.5 - 4.5
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 28mm f2.8
price paid:kit lens (deal)
Fast and quiet focus
Nice colors
Light and versatile
negative:Not a full frame
comment:One of the best lens I own. Nothing to complain considering it's a kit lens. Maybe a bit dark at 40/55mm, but very versatile for indoor and street photography. Made in plastic but solid.

As someone else already said, it leaves a bizzare rubber smell on your hands, but you will get used after a while. :)

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania