Sony AF DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM A-mount lens review by michalm2

reviewer#11991 date: Sep-24-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 50/1.7
Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5
Sigma 55-200/4-5.6
price paid:40EUR (kit lens)
good optical quality
cheap (as kit lens)
negative:barrel distortion at 18mm
kit lens sold without hood
very plastic ... but what we want for the price
comment:Plastic, but optically very good and useful. Biggest problem is barrel distortion at 18mm, but it disappears at 24mm.
I used it for very long time, but finally replaced it with Minolta 24-105, because it wasn't long enough for me.
But I kept this lens as backup.

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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