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Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Standard Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera

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  • DT lens design for optimum performance
  • Delivers superb wide-angle to mid-range telephoto shots
  • Aspherical lens elements for wide-angle accuracy
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for telephoto shots with well-defined color
  • 35mm equivalent: 27mm to 105mm

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL1870
  • Maximum Aperature Range: F3.5 - F5.6
  • Minimum focal length: 18 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 70 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 77 x 66 x 2 inches ; 8.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000DZH7TO
  • Item model number: SAL1870
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 14, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

A superb zoom lens for everyday photography -- the lens you’ll put on, and leave on. This superb standard lens for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 camera handles the full range of shots you’ll take most often -- but there’s nothing "standard" about its advanced optical design. In 35mm equivalent, it covers wide-angle 27mm to 105mm midrange telephoto for snapshots, portraits, interiors,+ and more -- an excellent all-around lens to travel with.

Lens Features

DT lens design
A more compact, lightweight lens designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 camera.

Aspherical lens elements
To correct visual aberrations at wide-angle setting, enabling a lightweight lens to capture more visually accurate wide-angle shots.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
To reduce chromatic aberration at telephoto extension, correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.

Circular aperture
Because aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

Product Description

Sony SAL-1870 DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens - f/3.5 to 5.6

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Customer Reviews

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The contrast is excellent.
R. Thomas
If you are a beginner or just want to invest in one lens, then this is certainly a good option.
W. Webb
Stopped down a bit and in the middle ranges of the zoom it offers good sharpness!
Marcus Daniel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Webb on April 26, 2009
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I recently purchased this Sony Lens, to add another lens to my collection, it has been a nice addition to my DSLR equipment.
This lens comes as the stock lens in certain Sony DLSR Cameras, it is a very versatile lens, allowing you to use it for close shots, as well as limited zoom capabilities.

If you are a beginner or just want to invest in one lens, then this is certainly a good option. It is priced right, and it will allow you to take good pictures of near and far subjects.

You can take good interior photos and capture most of the room while standing at the opposite corner, and also do exterior shots.
A good lens if you are interested in photographing the interior and exterior of houses, or condos, thanks to its wide angle capability.

The lens is designed for APS-C format DSLR's, and has built in aspheric elements and ED glass to correct various aberrations at wide angle settings.

It is a great complement for the two other lenses that I have, a 50-200mm and a 75-300, which have greater zoom capabilities, but are not wide angle capable.

I believe that the price paid for this lens was worth it, because it allows you to have great flexibility at composing shots at close range.

If you don't have a lens with this range, I would definitely purchase one. It is an essential one, and it is also very affordable.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ROSE RN on May 18, 2007
I got this lens as part of a package with the alpha body. Most times, it appears this lens is extraordinarily sharp... a wonderful all around lens. It's wide enough for most use...great for group photos and such, and the long end provides beautiful, sharp portraits. A wonderful combination with the alpha body.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. H. on May 26, 2009
I've been using this lens with an A300 for the last 6 months and it has worked reliably during this time and has taken some very nice pictures. That said, I've recently upgraded to a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (~$500 new on Amazon) and there is a large difference in quality, but the Tamron is much more expensive.

The main problem with this lens is edge blur and soft centers at the wide (18mm) end and dull/low-contrast pictures at the far (70mm) end. The sweet spot is really around 50mm @ f8, but that does not work well for indoor use without an external flash. The Tamron has a larger aperture with more sharpness throughout its range, making it a more ideal lens for indoor/outdoor low-light use.

Still, if you're on a budget this is an alright lens and can really take some impressive shots within a certain zoom and aperture range. The lens is also very light for a zoom with this range and it is easy to tote around on your DSLR all day. But if you can afford it, I'd say to save up for a little longer and get a mid-level zoom lens from Sony or a third party manufacturer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Daniel on August 27, 2007
This is a much better lens than you would believe for the price. Stopped down a bit and in the middle ranges of the zoom it offers good sharpness! This is my Auto settings lens and when i need to hand the camera to my wife or someone who isnt familiar with DSLR but wants to take some pictures in a family setting for example. Using a tripod and a remote release also helps alot getting the most out of this lens. I would rate it 3.5-4 depending on the mm/stop. My next lens will be the Sony SAL1680 Carl Zeiss to replace this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mark on February 7, 2009
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Great lens, as expected.

Good all around lens for taking around with you when you need wide angle shots as well as good quality close up macro style shots.

Money well spent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By edisto1313 on July 7, 2011
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This is just the perfect lense for over all general picture taking. Sony made a mistake when they got rid of it. It is very nice that Anatolian Store was able to purchase these and make them available for people that have had this lens before. I have really enjoyed how Amazon.com has worked with businesses like Anatolian Store to bring the products I have purchased in the past available when I could not find the product anywhere else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Potion99 on July 24, 2009
I don't know why everyone complaint about kit lens???? it take great pictures for the price. Just make some few adjustment on the camera like saturation, sharpness and your pictures are perfect. What do most reviewer expect for less then $90 when purchased with camera as a kit??? if you want razor sharp then goes for carl zeis which cost $1700, if the budget is not a problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Edwards on January 6, 2009
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This is a god lens for me as I have just started using a digital slr.
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