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Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM DT Standard Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Small size, light weight standard zoom lens
  • 35mm focal length equivelant on APS-C; 27-82.5mm
  • Smooth and silent AF operation with built-in motor (SAM)
  • Closest focus distance: 0.25m; Maximum magnification: 0.34x
  • Please note: DT lenses are not recommended for use with the DSLR-A900
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL1855
  • Lens Type: telephoto

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 5.7 x 4.1 inches ; 8.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0029U0X0Q
  • Item model number: SAL1855
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 17, 2009

Product Description

Sony SAL1855 DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM LensThis superb standard zoom lens for your (alpha) DSLR camera has a smooth and silent AF operation with built-inSmooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to handle the full range of your most common shots. In 35mm equivalent, it covers wide-angle 27mm to 82.5mm midrange forsnapshots, portraits, interiors and more. An excellent all-around lens. Please note: DT lenses are not recommended for use with the DSLR-A900.Features:* Small size, light weight Standard Zoom Lens* Sony mount for APS-C size DSLR* DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM* Smooth and silent AF operation with built-in Motor (SAM)* 8 Elements / 7Group* Circulae Apature; 7 Blades* 35mm focal length equivelant; 27-82.5mm* Closest focus distance: 0.82ft (0.25m)* Maximum magnification: 0.34x

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Philip on September 25, 2010
I got this lens after my Sony 18-200 died. I got it so I'd have a wide zoom to carry me until I get something with more range, like an 18-250 or 16-105. I haven't had this lens long, but no one else has reviewed it, so what the hey. I can always edit the review later if my opinions change.

I wasn't expecting a whole lot; this is the base kit lens, after all. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised. It's all plastic construction is exactly what you'd expect for a lens at this price, but it still feels like a well-made lens. If you're going to be printing a lot of 20"x30" posters, you might not be able to do much shooting at the widest apertures. Use smaller apertures, and you should be okay. But if you plan to do 8"x10"s and smaller, or just look at them on a computer screen, the image quality from this lens should be fine, even wide open. I've tried to get it to show some chromatic aberration, but so far it hasn't had a bit of it; ever shot has been free of fringing. A pleasant surprise.

The low ease of use score is primarily because of the rotating front element; change focus, and your polarizing filter adjustment just got "readjusted." Also, the Auto Focus/Manual Focus switch on the lens is a bit redundant. I had previously said that in order to go from AF to MF, you've got to use both the switch on the lens, and the switch on the camera. Turns out that isn't true; you can leave the camera body in AF, and use the lens switch to go from AF to Manual Focus. But still, why have two switches? I grant you, this is a pretty minor nitpick.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Dichter on October 28, 2010
The general expectations for for a lightweight kit lens were met for the most part... especially size and weight. Although most inexpensive lenses show some problems at one range extreme or another, this one had noticeable sharpness degradation at max zoom (55mm) AND at minimum stop (5.6). Sharpness improves somewhat even at small increments such as 6.3 (better yet if higher). OR at 45-50 mm, also wide open. So only at the extreme, 55mm at f5.6, was there an obvious drop in performance.

Therefore if you are shooting on a darker day or early evening at maximum zoom and the camera chooses f5.6, just switch to Aperture Priority and set your f-stop to 6.3 or higher if light allows, and sharpness will resume. This lens is sharp enough for general use at virtually ANY OTHER COMBINATION of settings. I will check this against another unit to determine whether my lens may be defective but with this lens' small dimensions, it's unlikely.

I wish cameras had settings to limit the ranges of lens parameters for use in Program Mode much in the same way that my Nikon can be set for minimum and maximum ISO levels. Maybe some do but mine don't unfortunately.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JuniorJC on July 28, 2011
This kit lens was included with my camera body. The lens is constructed in plastic which may look cheap, but really cuts down on the weight. I can walk around with 3 lenses in my bag and still run lighter than my friends with a Nikon or Canon camera and just one lens. The 18-55 is a short-range zoom but I have a 55-200 lens in case I want to get closer shots. I am usually using the 18mm wide-range side when I take a lot of landscapes and parties in tight spaces. The zoom ring is pretty smooth and turns fast with your finger. The new line of Sony lenses is labeled SAM which constantly autofocuses whereever you point your camera. You can essentially make this a point-and-shoot camera, you don't have to look at the viewfinder and know you'll get a clear image. You hear some mechanical noise when it focuses, but I've never thought it to be a problem anywhere.

There is a barrel distortion effect at 18mm but is barely noticeable. It has almost no distortions at 55mm. If you are thinking about getting a super-zoom like 18-250, they have huge optical distortions. This is why I prefer to stitch shorter-range zooms instead. Prime lenses will give you the best quality, but changing lenses constantly can really bog you down.
For an amateur photographer but also cares about the quality of the pictures, this lens will do. I noticed chromatic abberration when I was taking pictures in a canyon. It was tricky because of the high contrast between bright sky and dark cave. If you know where to look for chromatic aberration, it's time to upgrade to a better lens. If you don't wanna be a professional but want pictures that will wow your friends, then this lens is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drew T. Staudt on February 21, 2013
The Sony AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM lens came standard with multiple alpha cameras I own. I was instantly impressed with this "standard" kit lens as it preformed well-above the stereotypical benchmarks of kit lenses. In the paragraphs to come, I will explore the reason(s) why I believe this lens stands above many typical kit lenses while at the same time offering a detailed review of the aforementioned lens.

I have brandished the Sony AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM lens since it betook the photographic market in 2009. I must say this particular lens is unswerving in the results it produces (based on results from 30+ 18-55 SAM lenses). The vibrant, old-school Minolta colors; very impressive flare control; and, the compact/lightweight build of the lens are truly unforgettable and appealing features. This lens also has the following noteworthy boons: it is great and accurate at close-up and/or center focusing with marginal accompanying noise; a highly regarded field of view (FOV) coverage; low CA and fringing; pronounced performance in low-light situations; and, ultra-piercing sharpness.

The build of the lens is plastic and it could become chipped or nicked if not handled with care, but this composition is one of the reasons it is so light-weight; and, very few studies indicate there to be legitimate a concern to be more "careful" with this lens than any other lens. Another area of concern by the general public is that distortion occurs at the vertical plane of the wide end, though generally in darker areas (easily fixed on a computer). These are the only two really mentionable concerns with which I was not 100% opposed and I felt there was some merit for consideration in this review.
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