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About Sony 18-55mm Mirrorless

Featuring in-lens Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for clearer handheld images, the E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom is a perfect travel partner. The E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS zoom lens offers a powerful 11x magnification range plus Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode that is used in the most advanced Handycam camcorders.

Sony 18-55mm Mirrorless Specifications

Lens Type
E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Lens Construction
9 groups, 11 elements (4 aspheric surfaces)
Focal length (35mm equivalent)
27mm-82.5mm
Angle of view
76° - 29°
Aperture blade
7 blades (Circular aperture)
Aperture (Max.)
F3.5-F5.6
Aperture (Min.)
F22-F32
Maximum Magnification
0.3x (APS-C)
Minimum Focusing Distance
9.8" (0.25m)
Filter Diameter
49mm
Internal Motor
Yes (Stepping motor)
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot (max 4-step)
Low Noise During Movie Capture
Excellent
Direct Manual Focus
Yes
Focus Ring in AF Mode
No rotation
Mount Material
Metal
Exterior Finish
Aluminum
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length)
2-7/16 x 2-3/8" (62x60mm)
Weight
6.9 oz (194g)

Sony 18-55mm Mirrorless Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.2

(based on 5 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent normal lens

I use the lens with the NEX-5N. In the normal range, around 24 to 40 mm, this lens competes well with prime lens I have from other excellent manufacturers. Typical of zoom lenses, the extremes are not quite as good, but fine for non-critical use. At the wide end, barrel distortion is normal for the focal length; the corners are softer than I would like; but the lens is still excellent pretty far out from the center. Toward 55mm there is too much pincushion distortion and the corners are too s...

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I use the lens with the NEX-5N. In the normal range, around 24 to 40 mm, this lens competes well with prime lens I have from other excellent manufacturers. Typical of zoom lenses, the extremes are not quite as good, but fine for non-critical use. At the wide end, barrel distortion is normal for the focal length; the corners are softer than I would like; but the lens is still excellent pretty far out from the center. Toward 55mm there is too much pincushion distortion and the corners are too soft; the excellent portion in the center does not extend as far out as at 18mm. For JPEG images, the camera body does a good job of correcting both barrel and pincushion distortion. For raw images you need to use an editing program. I assigned 4 instead of 5 stars because the lens could be better at 55mm. When I mention softness, I am viewing the image at pixel size. For normal viewing I don't notice it. Similarly, when I mention distortion, I am referring to architecture. For subjects without straight lines, it isn't a factor. For general purpose photography, where you don't need specialized lenses, this lens is an excellent choice. The body and lens make a really good, compact, lightweight kit for general photography and travel.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Bad

For a kit lens this one is far better than average. This lens came bundled with my NEX5n and I have used it to create some some very nice images. That said, it does not excel for the types of photography I tend to favor, which are portraiture and travel. For travel, its decent, provided there is adequate light. Daylite street and landscapes are outstanding as this lens appears to be optimized for sharpness for F8. F5.6 is good at the wide end, but soft at the long end. Stopping down to F11 in...

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For a kit lens this one is far better than average. This lens came bundled with my NEX5n and I have used it to create some some very nice images. That said, it does not excel for the types of photography I tend to favor, which are portraiture and travel. For travel, its decent, provided there is adequate light. Daylite street and landscapes are outstanding as this lens appears to be optimized for sharpness for F8. F5.6 is good at the wide end, but soft at the long end. Stopping down to F11 introduced diffraction, though not too badly at the long end. For portraits, however, the lens just doesn't have a fast enough maximum aperture. Even wide open at 55mm background elements don't fully defocus, though the out of focus areas are very pleasantly rendered (bokeh). I would say that the bokeh is very nice, but can only be achieved with fairly close subject distances and distant backgrounds. Of course, every kit lens for every camera system has these same limitations. Optical quality of this lens appears better than most such zooms, and is noticeably better than the SAL 18-55 I had briefly. If you don't print large and don't do much low-light handheld photography, this lens is fine, and may be all that many casual photographers need. Critical comments aside, this is a MUCH better lens than what you get on the usual point-and-shoot camera.

Reviewed by 5 customers

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

this is a terrible lens

By

from seattle  -  Professional

Sony should have never released this lens with the Nex 7. This is a cheapo lens that produces cheapo images and certainly isn't good enough for the sensor in either the Nex 7 or 6. I'm waiting for the new Zeiss 16-70

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

good but not gr8

By

from Eden Prairie, MN

This is the lens I took almost 80% photos with my sony nex 5N... but I feel now it is not a best lens. good but not gr8.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent normal lens

By

from Blacksburg, VA

I use the lens with the NEX-5N. In the normal range, around 24 to 40 mm, this lens competes well with prime lens I have from other excellent manufacturers. Typical of zoom lenses, the extremes are not quite as good, but fine for non-critical use. At the wide end, barrel distortion is normal for the focal length; the corners are softer than I would like; but the lens is still excellent pretty far out from the center. Toward 55mm there is too much pincushion distortion and the corners are too soft; the excellent portion in the center does not extend as far out as at 18mm. For JPEG images, the camera body does a good job of correcting both barrel and pincushion distortion. For raw images you need to use an editing program. I assigned 4 instead of 5 stars because the lens could be better at 55mm. When I mention softness, I am viewing the image at pixel size. For normal viewing I don't notice it. Similarly, when I mention distortion, I am referring to architecture. For subjects without straight lines, it isn't a factor. For general purpose photography, where you don't need specialized lenses, this lens is an excellent choice. The body and lens make a really good, compact, lightweight kit for general photography and travel.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Bad

By

from Southern California

For a kit lens this one is far better than average. This lens came bundled with my NEX5n and I have used it to create some some very nice images. That said, it does not excel for the types of photography I tend to favor, which are portraiture and travel. For travel, its decent, provided there is adequate light. Daylite street and landscapes are outstanding as this lens appears to be optimized for sharpness for F8. F5.6 is good at the wide end, but soft at the long end. Stopping down to F11 introduced diffraction, though not too badly at the long end. For portraits, however, the lens just doesn't have a fast enough maximum aperture. Even wide open at 55mm background elements don't fully defocus, though the out of focus areas are very pleasantly rendered (bokeh). I would say that the bokeh is very nice, but can only be achieved with fairly close subject distances and distant backgrounds. Of course, every kit lens for every camera system has these same limitations. Optical quality of this lens appears better than most such zooms, and is noticeably better than the SAL 18-55 I had briefly. If you don't print large and don't do much low-light handheld photography, this lens is fine, and may be all that many casual photographers need. Critical comments aside, this is a MUCH better lens than what you get on the usual point-and-shoot camera.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Lens

By

from Watertown, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great Lens. Purchased this to use with my Sony Nex-5 and for a kit lens its pretty sharp.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
LAWRENCE Y  a gift to my wife. It is more like a p/s that give dslr quality pictures. It was.
Shopper  Does this include the hood shown in the item's picture?
LAWRENCE Y  Yes, It was part of the package
tiggy b  if this is mounted on my quadcopter how do you control the zoom?
Andrew R  I would imagine that would depend on your camera body and quadcopter setup. Most likely you would need some sort of servo control that would turn the zoom ring on the lens.
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