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Sony Alpha SEL1855 E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver)
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- Versatile, all-purpose range for beautiful shots
- Ideal for capturing close-up portraits to expansive landscapes
- Lightweight and features smooth and silent Auto Focus operation
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor|
|Image Stabilization||Optical Steady Shot|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches|
|Item Weight||0.47 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.24 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 YEAR LIMITED|
|Material Type||steel mount, aluminium alloy barrel|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||9|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||55 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.6 pounds|
|Style Name||US Version|
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|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Information not provided||Sony E (NEX)|
|Dimensions||2.44 inches x 2.36 inches x 2.44 inches||2.56 inches x 1.18 inches x 2.56 inches||105.92 inches x 5.71 inches x 103.89 inches||2.44 inches x 0.91 inches x 2.44 inches|
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|Maximum Aperture||Information not provided||Information not provided||Information not provided||2.8|
|Max Focal Length||55 mm||50 mm||55 mm||16 mm|
|Min Focal Length||18 mm||16 mm||18 mm||16 mm|
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E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Standard Zoom Lens
This 27mm wide angle to 82.5mm medium telephoto equivalent (35mm full frame format) range in a compact 3x E-mount zoom that is suitable for landscapes, snapshots, portraits, and more. Built-in Optical SteadyShot (OSS) provides approximately a four-stop image stabilization advantage, and an internal drive motor ensures smooth, quiet autofocus and aperture operation.
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.
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.
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.
Lens-based optical image stabilization
Gyro sensors built into the lens detect even the slightest movement, and the stabilization lens is precisely shifted to counteract any image blur that might occur. The use of precision, quiet linear motors and technology inherited from high-end Sony professional camcorders results in exceptionally quiet, effective image stabilization that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.
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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Pro: Incredible optical quality. There are few kit lenses that I enjoy using. Most I replace with something better as soon as I can. This is not the case with this lens. It's sharp with very little chromatic aberration, and has vignetting handles very well. There's absolutely negligible light fall-off at the corners and edges. It scores a highly impressive, especially for a kit lens, 2950 LW/PH center and 2200 LW/PH border and extreme at f/7.1. LW/PH is line widths per picture height, and is a measure of sharpness. Most kit lenses never go above 2000 LW/PH, and even some lower-end primes can't hit that. This is a lens I wouldn't trade out.
Con: Mild distortions. At 18mm there is some slightly significant barrel distortion (-3.98%), meaning that the pictures at that setting will appear to bulge almost unnoticeably outwards. This is ABSOLUTELY NORMAL for every 18-55mm lens. It's nothing to worry about. Once you go past 18mm, there are no distortions at all.
Pro: Very high quality magnesium alloy build. For those of you who don't know about metallic chemistry, magnesium, when alloyed with small percentages of aluminum and zinc, is a very hard and lightweight metal; similar to titanium in it's properties. This is a lens made to last. It also looks very nice compared to the plastic lenses most companies are cranking out. The lens is also very small for it's class.Read more ›
First, who is this lens not for?
Anyone who needs a compact lens should buy the 16-50 power zoom, 16mm or 20mm pancake, or Sigma 19mm or 30mm. This lens is not compact, but it's not huge.
Anyone who needs top notch image quality should buy a prime NEX lens. Other than the 16mm, they are optically much better than the available zooms. You could consider the Alpha adapter and a 16-50 f2.8 zoom or the Metabones adapter and a Canon 17-55 f2.8 zoom, but at that point you might as well just buy an SLR. If you want top image quality, you're either shooting prime or carrying big, expensive gear.
Anyone using it on an original NEX without software correction. If you're using on a 3 or 5, you will see lots of distortion. I'm not one to normally complain about distortion, but in this case it's offensive. I took a picture of a square laptop and it looked like an oval, the distortion was so bad. You have 2 options: either use software like Lightroom to correct it automatically, or get a 5N, F3, 3N, or one of the newer bodies that automatically corrects it in camera (for JPEG, not RAW). If you do this, no worries. If you don't, you'll find offensive distortion.
Anyone needing a small lens should get the 16-50. If you don't need the smaller size, buy this and save the money.
So who is it for? Well, anyone that needs the flexibility of a zoom in a sturdy, relatively small, relatively inexpensive package. It has stabilization, so it's great for video. It gets pretty wide, so good for landscapes. At 55mm, it actually can take a decent portrait (I said decent, not great). It has a close minimum focus distance, so good for small objects like flowers.
Compared to other kit lenses, this one is great.Read more ›
When I first used the Sony Alpha SEL1855 I was less than impressed. What came out of the camera had a host of problems that a traditional photographer, like me, would have ascribed to the lens and have caused it to left behind as a quest began for a higher quality product. That was until I understood the critical difference in usage and philosophy between modern affordable zoom lenses for digital photography and the religion of hyper quality and design performance for the lenses that were used with silver film analog photography.
The Sony Alpha SEL1855 was, looked at through the design priorities of traditional lenses, well, pretty lame. But, as I became more familiar with digital image tools like Adobe Camera RAW and Lightroom, and the use of lens and brand specific lens profile files with ACR for correcting all manner of geometry problems with lens performance, I realized that the lens was as good as it needed to be, but only.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had this lens for over 3 years but hardly ever touched the camera because the pictures were so unimpressive; it's relatively sharp however poor image quality, lousy in low light... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Swift
Good condition as advertised. Impressed with delivery time.
Product wise, very nice lens. A definite must have for beginner photographers especially. Read more
Sony has an interesting way of making lenses. Their lower end lenses are really low end and cheaply made. Their higher end lenses are excellent quality and very expensive. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Thurman
Lens works great but I can only give it three stars because the lens came with some sort of spot inside the lens that I cannot clean out. It's either a grain of sand or something. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Miranda
This lens is truly a hidden gem. Way better than most " kit lenses ". It offers the same sharpness as the FE 28/2 when shot under identical conditions on my NEX 7 - I will... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gusmur