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Sony SAL18250 Alpha DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens

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  • Excellent wide-angle to long telephoto shots
  • Fast Internal Focusing -- lens length does not change
  • 16 Lens Elements in 13 groups for wide-ranging accuracy
  • ED Glass Elements for sharp, clear long shots
  • Circular Aperture for pleasing defocused effects

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL18250
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 18 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 250 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 86 x 75 x 4.3 inches ; 15.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000VUFDPG
  • Item model number: SAL18250
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens

This lens is an excellent option when your need a bit more "reach" at the long end that can make a significant difference if you're shooting sports or wildlife. Obtain oustanding clarity and contrast from the wide 18mm end to full 250mm telephoto, making this lens one of the most useful and versatile for APS-C format cameras.

DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Aspherical lens elements

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass

As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.

Aspherical lens elements

Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.

Distance encoder

Distance encoder

The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.

Additional Features

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.

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Product Description

This long-telephoto Sony zoom lens provides high magnification and a broad 14X zooming range in compact, lightweight design that makes it easy to carry -- and its 35mm-equivalent range of 27mm wide-angle to 375mm telephoto excels at capturing faraway subjects, sports events, dramatic landscapes and intimate close-up views.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have no problems with the focus speed.
Michael Courtney
So I still think the Sony SAL18250 is a great lens, nice zoom, produces good quality photos, and is a good value.
J. Donaldson
It's an excellent zoom lens considering the large range it covers; making it a very good "all-purpose" lens.
jpr

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

123 of 126 people found the following review helpful By B. Rose VINE VOICE on January 21, 2008
Short version: This is a great lens... very well made, effective, versatile, and performs impressively. A great investment for anyone wanting a lens that really can 'do it all'.

Long version: I got this lens as an upgrade from my original Sony 18-55 lens, since I wanted a lens with a little more zoom capability (and some close-up as well) without having to switch back and forth between the 18-55 for wide angle and a bulky telephoto for higher zoom.

I was worried a little bit by reviews of the similar Tamron 18-250 lens because some reviewers claimed it had slower focus times and zoom slip.

Well, with this lens, I've not noticed any difference in focusing speed or had any problem with the zoom slipping; the zoom itself is tight and the autofocus is spot-on (I have mediocre eyesight, so AF is pretty important for me). Colors are vibrant, the view is clear... everything is good with this lens so far. I'm very pleased and not at all remorseful about dropping the cash for it.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By jpr on May 3, 2008
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I've only had a chance to take a few hundred shots with this lens so far, but I'm fairly impressed. It's an excellent zoom lens considering the large range it covers; making it a very good "all-purpose" lens. It's clearly better than the kit lens in their overlapping range, focuses pretty quick, and offers much greater zoom, but there's still some noticeable barrel distortion at 18 to 21mm or so, and some softness and light loss at the tele end as expected. You can definately beat this lens with the right smaller range lenses or primes, but you'll pay a LOT more and have more to carry around.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Watt on May 12, 2011
I was initially torn between buying this lens with an A55, or buying the 18-55 mm standard kit lens and having a little bit less flexibility but a lot less weight. Although the weight is sometimes a burden, I certainly appreciate the 14 X zoom range, from moderate wide-angle to pretty decent telephoto without having to change lenses. I haven't seen a lot of problems with chromatic aberration, but I haven't shot too many exposures with the lens all the way out (largely because its just too soft there). These long range zoom lenses are always compromises between the convenience of having such a wide range of focal lengths, vs. the sharpness and accuracy of a single focal length lens. Overall, and on balance, I highly recommend this lens to people who value not changing lenses (nothing worse than missing a great shot while you're fiddling with your equipment). If you are thinking about getting this, I recommend getting it with the camera and saving some major money over buying it later. At $599 (list), it's not cheap. Its effective cost when bought with the A55 camera body is a lot less (~$300) - this is a great deal (typically $1050 for this lens and the A55). See great review at Imaging Resource for details on sharpness, CA etc. That review suggests that it is a major improvement on its predecessor (the 18-200 mm), and generally pretty sharp for this type of lens.

Pro:

1) 14 x range from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto makes this a very convenient package
2) good but not great sharpness, esp. if stopped down a bit (f5.
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84 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Olivier Douin on February 20, 2008
My wife uses the Tamron 18-250 on her Alfa 100. The results are good no more, no less and it is difficult to focus when there is not enough contrast.
I must say I used this lens on my Minolta 7D. I got faster results with this camera but again the pictures were good, no more no less.
With the Sony 18-250 on my (new) Alfa 700, this is another story. This couple is damn fast; only in a few occasions did I have some difficulties to focus. I shot already 1000 pictures at the sea side, in mountain areas, in a desert; I am happy to report that I got accurate colors (those I actually saw) and distortion free pictures.
If you want to travel light, the couple Alfa 700/Sony 18-250 is a must. It is a kind of standard lens along with the Sony 11-18 that I rate 5 stars too.
Simply amazing.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By nutritiondr on January 5, 2011
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I have this lens on a Sony SLT-a55. I read many reviews that described the various kit lenses as worthless. I tried the kit lens out in the store and found that what people were writing was true. I then compared the 18-200 to the 18-250. All the clerk in the store had to say was that the 18-250 was a little more expensive. What I noticed immediately was that the 18-250 felt like it was made by a different manufacturer...the zoom and heft felt more significant and of a superior quality. Indoors it was difficult to see much of a difference between 200mm and 250mm, but the quality difference was obvious. The 18-250 was by far taking better pictures without softness around the corners, and even when zooming at 250mm standing a few feet away from a flower gave amazing depth of field and clarity where it was needed. I bought this lens on here and have been very impressed with the results I am getting. I highly recommend this over the kit lens (so just buy the body and use the extra $100 towards this:), and I also recommend it over the 18-200 which feels super cheap and gets sloppy past 150mm. Hope this helps.Sony SAL18250 Alpha DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens w/Lens Hood
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