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

reviewer#44040 date: Mar-26-2018
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL1870 DT
Sony SAL18250 DT
Sony SAL1650 DT
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:Included with camera
positive:Price - mine came with my second hand A58, but you can pick them up on ebay for 50GBP, considering the quality of this lens this is amazing.
Light, flexible, sharp, everything really.
comment:When this lens arrived with the A58 I wasn't expecting to use it much, my standard walk around lens was the 18-250, why would I need a shorter range? These days the 18-55 is on the camera a lot - and it's the lens that I always drop in the bag as a backup if I set out with a prime or some old Minolta zoom on the camera. The 18-250 is still the No 1 choice for holidays and trips, but this lens is ideal when I want to save some weight. A great lens bargain.
[EDIT] Since the original review I have added a Sony DT 16-50 to my collection, which has replaced the 18-55 as my shorter walkaround of choice, but the 18-55 is still likely to be in my pocket when I set out to shoot with a prime or longer zoom, so much more pocketable than the 16-50.

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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