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

reviewer#10788 date: Dec-16-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 28-105
price paid:0.0
positive:-Sharp, especially at 55
-Minolta colors
-very good flare control
-superb close-focus ability
-compact & light-weight
-fast, accurate focus in good light
-cheap if you have to buy
negative:-obvious distortion of vertical plane at wide end (mostly close objects such as lamp posts etc, but easily corrected in lightroom)
-somewhat plasticky build
comment:Had this lens come with my a33 and also my a57. My newer version has a smoother zoom barrel, while the older one was a bit sticky half way. Very plastic design and build, and rather loose focus ring at front. Aside from this, this is actually a very good kit lens, known to be greatly superior to its Canon counterpart. I have always liked this lens a lot, especially its beautiful colors, focus accuracy and very good level of sharpness. When shooting at 55mm, gives superb IQ, especially as a macro-lens. I use this for flowers and insects, and with a Raynox 250 on the front, it becomes a razor sharp microscope lens surpassing £600 macro lenses. I cant ever see myself buying a more expensive 18-55, because all other lenses do not have the fantastic close-up ability.

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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