Sony AF DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM A-mount lens review by macronut
|macronut#11774 date: Apr-17-2014|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 18-70 kit lens|
Better image quality than 18-70mm Sony kit lens.
|negative:||Build quality sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|comment:||Sony has updated this lens. My understanding is the second version is better built, and I would assume this solves the lousy zoom action.|
I bought this lens cheap on Ebay, in an attempted upgrade from the 18-70 that came with my camera. Decent photos for the money, but I couldn't tolerate the zoom so I returned it. Maybe mine was worse than most. I could see grooves worn inside the lens body, caused by moving zoom parts. There was significant tension, causing a very stiff zoom movement. The worst I have ever felt in a lens. Even if mine was a bad copy, I would never recommend this lens. The build quality of this mass produced plastic lens is not good. If you want a dirt cheap wide angle for your cropped body, go with the second version of this lens. It seems to get less complaints.