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

reviewer#11774 date: Apr-17-2014
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.1
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
price paid:$50
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.

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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