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

reviewer#10683 date: Nov-10-2012
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:Sony SAL-1855
Minolta 28-80 II 3.5-5.6
Sigma 28-80 3.5-5.6 Aspherical
Minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:50 USD (kit)
positive:light weight
better than 18-70 kit lens
fairly inexpensive (used)
negative:build seems very cheap
only 3.5
comment:1st of all I'm a newbie, I've only had my camera for less than a week and I'm trying out different lenses.

I must admit after reading so many reviews of this lens I was a little disappointed. I received mine as part of a used kit, but estimate it added $50 onto the cost.

I can't believe Sony was charging $200 for this. I would want my money back if I bought it at that price. The range of 18-55mm is a good, so I want to keep lens for its versatility but I think I'll grab something else as a everyday lens.

Mine is used and seems have some trouble going out past 35mm on auto focus. If I put it on MF move it to 55mm and then switch back to AF it does fine. Maybe my lens is damaged maybe this is the design. I haven't seen anyone else complain about it so I'm thinking its just mine.

Really I don't have much experience but if I was only going to carry two lenses (one in the bag and one on the camera) I would carry my Minolta 50mm prime and my Sigma 28-80mm and leave the SAL1855 at home. I only have one longer lens (sigma 70-210), and I'm not that excited about it.

This lens isn't listed as a macro but does almost as well as the Minolta & Sigma 28-80mm "macro" lenses. I took some close up pictures of a $5 bill and it did very well, but its just lacking on the far side.

I might just keep the SAL1855 for my wife, so nothing that I actually want gets messed up.

I could love this lens if they took the build style of the Maxxum kit lenses added a macro switch and kept the 18-55 focus range with the same sharpness at a min 3.0 aperture. But, I guess that's a $400 lens that everyone would want to buy.

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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