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Sony SAL1855 Alpha 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

by Sony
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 209 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: SAL1855.AE
  • ASIN: B002GRJYVQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Compact, versatile standard zoom lens: ideal for everyday shooting...


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb all-rounder 5 Dec 2010
By Hutchyp
The auto-focus drive on the lens that came with my A200 broke (after 2 years and about 25,000 shots mind you) and I needed a replacement. I believe this is the lens that the newer A290 and A390 come with as standard so this was an obvious choice. I was very pleased with the price, very pleased with the speed of delivery and very pleased with the lens. It's much lighter than the original, but yet feels somehow sturdier. It gives a slightly wider angle of the subject, and handles noise much better. Both the zoom and auto-focus are smooth and effortless. One of my better choices!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory for a kit lens 28 Jan 2013
By Mr Baz TOP 100 REVIEWER
I've used a few copies of the 18-55mm SAM DT lens.
I've also used and owned around 4 copies of the 18-70mm DT kit lens (which was available previously as the standard kit lens, in addition to using the other kit lenses from other makers.

My summary of pros and cons:

Pros:
+ Cheap, kit lenses are pretty economical best bought with a body though for max bang per buck
+ AF is quite fast, and somewhat quieter than the screw driven 18-70mm lens, but not as quiet as say an AF-S lens (you will hear the AF in video recordings for example)
+ CA is quite well controlled better than the 18-70mm
+ Usable at max aperture across the focal range (ie acceptable and fairly sharp even wide open)
+ Compact and light weight
+ Good close up ability 1:3 max magnification which is quite good really

Cons:
- SAM motor does not allow DMF with bodies that support that
- Build as per expected fairly cheap, with a plastic mount though in line with other makers offerings
- If bundled with the camera body does not come with a hood (as per other makers) and sadly without a proper rear lens cap (bit too much penny pinching here IMO)
- Unusual for any lens this one is sharper on the edges than the middle part of the image even stopping right down does not improve things much. Though it's decent enough overall.
- Fairly strong distortion wide end, but almost none at the 55mm mark
- Not really up to more recent 16mp and 24mp sensors

Overall the kit lens for the Sony bodies compares fairly well v other makers (the Pentax 18-55mm being the weakest out there with softness above 35mm and not usable at 55mm f5.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price for a good buy! 28 Oct 2012
By k.liu
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I purchased this lens to replace my Sony DSLR Alpha 390 lens, which I spoilt on one of my holidays. This works perfectly with my camera & the price is way cheaper than the actual lens that comes with Alpha 390 lens. I would definitely recommended this to anyone who's trying to replace their Alpha series lens.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I've used this lens solidly for the past two years for numerous things. Weddings, landscape, the occasional macro shot etc.
However, I've recently "outgrown" this lens and want to expirement with other lenses that are designed for specific shots/occasions. I've recently purchased the Sony 50mm f1.8 Portrait lensSony DT 50mm AF f/1.8 SAM (SAL-50F18) and it's also a brilliant lens.

I'd highly recommend this lens to anyone wanting to get started on photography as it scores well on each of the Sony a's auto settings. However, you will outgrow it at some point.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great money-saver! 17 Aug 2012
By BillM
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The stock zoom lens on my Sony Alpha 300 DSLR broke whilst we were on holiday in France. Because it had been discontinued, I first thought I was going to have to pay a fortune for a quality replacement, and then found that it was possible to buy this lens which is the current equivalent. Having just invested in a portrait lens, I was concerned about having to pay full price so soon afterwards; this offer (of a new lens separated from a current model) was excellent. It arrived promptly and well packaged, and has been performing satisfactorily ever since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRICE 3 Jan 2014
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THIS WAS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR MY HUSBAND SO HAVEN'T BEEN USING IT FOR TOO LONG. SEEMS VERY GOOD SO FAR AND THE PRICE WAS EXCELLENT.
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