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

reviewer#11669 date: Feb-2-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
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 18-70 KIT
Minolta 35-70/4
Helios 44M 58/2 made in USSR fix lens
price paid:usd 30
positive:Low cost. Convenient zoom range. Good sharpness and colour. Smooth focus.Extra good macro feature.
negative:Sharpness and colour are not as good as Minolta all known zoom lens. Zoom ring is hard to move from 35 to 55 mm.
comment:All in all this lens is obviously better than previous kit Sony 18-70. I bought 18-55 to replace 18-70 because I could not tolerate 18-70's poor IQ. I wanted a cheap not bad lens for zoom 18- and could not find any. It's low cost is due to mass production. Otherwise it should cost more. The best of all inexpensive lens is Helios 44m fix. Stepped down to /4 it's sharpness and contrast are unbeatable.

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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