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

reviewer#11061 date: Apr-22-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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:
positive:useful length range
negative:time will tell
plastic mount
comment:I am more familiar with a couple Pentax and Nikon MF lenses. This being my first AF lens I am very pleased with the function and versatility. The plastic mount is slightly concerning, my MF lenses are older and all metal, but I plan on babying this lens and camera so it doesn't keep me up all night. I've attempted some quasi-macro shots with this lens and get a nice bokeh. I've seen slight distortion when shooting up close at 18mm, which I liked. All in all, I'll be holding on to this lens. I plan on picking up one other lens, somewhere in the 70-300 range or 70-210, so this nice kit lens will come in handy for family events.

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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