Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Announced May 11, 2010 •
Zoom lens | Sony E (NEX) | SEL-1855
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I have the silver one that came with my NEX-5 and a black one that came with my NEX-7. As for the old Sony 18-70mm A-mount kit zooms, the later ones seem to have slightly better properties (tighter tolerances). Lots of people claim this lens isn't sharp, etc. Well, it actually is quite sharp in the center and the edges come along when stopped down -- so by around f/8 all is quite good. That sounds mediocre, but the OSS means that f/8 is more like f/4 or f/2.8 in terms of low light use, and ...

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I have never used a more capable kit zoom lens than the SEL1855. Spec wise, the lens seems to be run-of-the-mill, however, the build quality is very consistent with the camera line and is very light. The IQ is substantial for a kit lens. It is sharp wide open and renders colors and micro-tonality better than any kit lens I have ever used, including their latest 18-55VR. This lens is smaller, faster in operation and with a stabilization so quite, one could swear it was not there to begin with, ...

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