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 was looking for an upgrade on the standard 16-50 lens with power zoom. I prefer the manual zoom of the 18-55. SEL18-55 was sold with old software that needed upgrading prior to use! Focus is sub-standard, I was hoping for an improvement on the 16-50 but it's much the same.

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Over the past 5 years, I've gone through about 5 copies of this zoom lens, from the first silver ones kitted with the NEX3 and 5 all along to the newest Thailand made black ones kitted with the A3000. The lens build, at least on the outside, has not changed that much, perhaps a bit better finish on the latter black ones. However, the quality has improved to the point that, I feel, this lens operates to its full potential. It suffers from minimal flare and loss of contrast even when shooting ...

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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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