Sony AF DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM A-mount lens review by taztonio
|taztonio#10683 date: Nov-10-2012|
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|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)|
better than 18-70 kit lens
fairly inexpensive (used)
|negative:||build seems very cheap|
|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.