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Is this all I can expect from the 18-55mm kit lens or should I return it?

Started May 28, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Is this all I can expect from the 18-55mm kit lens or should I return it?
May 28, 2014

I have picked up an A6000 and have paired it with the 18-55mm kit lens (SEL1855). There are a few reasons I prefer the 18-55 over the 16-50 PZ, but that's not what this thread is about.

I'm happy with the camera, but the performance of my copy of the kit lens looks awful to me. I don't expect corner to corner sharpness on a kit lens, but things start to get blurry not far from the centre and the corners are complete mush. Admittedly the example below is at f/3.5, but I tried it at f/8 and things were not a whole lot better.

I'd appreciate some feedback on the test shot I did below - I've included a centre and corner crop for easy comparison. It confirms what my test chart shots show, but here I at least wanted to get a more 'real world' performance indicator.

My question is, is this all I can expect from a kit lens or is there something wrong with mine and I should return it?

Straight out-of-camera jpeg

Centre crop

Top-right corner crop

Sony a6000
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