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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome lens!!!, January 21, 2008
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This review is from: Sony SAL18250 Alpha DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens (Electronics)
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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Initial post: Mar 9, 2011 7:32:00 PM PST
Jose Perez says:
Where is this lens made in?

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 10:51:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 17, 2012 5:59:24 PM PDT
Mike B. says:
I am interested in knowing about the maximum apertures related to the zoom level that is selected. I have a Sony 18-70 and a Sony SAL75300. The 18-70 has 3.5-5.6 aperture range but the numbers change like this: 18mm @ 3.5, 20mm @ 4.0, 24mm @ 4.5, 28mm @ 5.0 and 35mm @ 5.6. The SAL75300 has a range of 4.5-5.6 and the numbers change like this: 75mm @ 4.5, 90mm @ 5.0 and 120mm @ 5.6. I am curious if you can provide similar numbers that represent the zoom level at which point the aperture changes between the 3.5 and 6.3 range that this lens supports? I have looked around and cannot seem to find any information about this.
I have had issues using my 18-70 because of the aperture being too small at anything farther than 24mm and have had to use the 75-300 since it supports larger apertures at 75mm than what I could get with the smaller lenses. I want to make sure that this lens will actually provide usable apertures for the situations I know I will need.

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

UPDATED 6/17 - I finally found the information I was looking for at slrgear's review of this lens, so please disregard my request for this info.

Thanks anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2015 1:38:39 PM PDT
CT says:
Hopefully China. They're making great stuff these days.
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