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

reviewer#10115 date: Apr-13-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:
not heavy
good range (even on APS-C)
good beginner lens
minimum focus distance
beautiful colors
negative:distortions on high contrast
focus-ring has no grip, so its not very usable for manual focusing
comment:I'm a beginner, and this is my first lens (was in the Sony alpha SLT-A35K kit).
The lens is very good for beginners, it's cheap but sharp and makes good pictures. Positive is also the very small minimum focus distance. 0.25 m are very near for taking beautiful photos of flowers etc.

The only thing I think is bad is that when you take photos from a high-contrast motive (for example a tree's branches in front of a very bright, cloudy sky), the edges are not really sharp.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 103
  • sharpness: 4.20
  • color: 4.30
  • build: 3.40
  • distortion: 3.88
  • flare control: 4.14
  • overall: 3.98 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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