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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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Designed to match your a NEX camera , the SEL1855 standard zoom lens is lightweight and features smooth and silent Auto Focus operation, while offering a versatile, all-purpose range for beautiful shots. In 35mm equivalent, this zoom lens (18-55mm focal length, f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture) covers wide-angle 27mm to 82.5mm midrange, which is ideal for capturing close-up portraits to expansive landscapes.
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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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Top customer reviews
So when I bought this 18-55mm OSS lens, my VG20 camera felt like a camcorder for the first time. Now, mind you, this is a 3.5 lens, you cannot use it to film in pitch dark, say, in a nightclub. But indoor with moderate light, the camera and lens combo delivers results better than my DSLR, not grainy at all. It's fantastic in daylight, of course, but that doesn't really mean anything, most lenses are. So for me, having autofocus, zoom to go quick from an establishing shot to a closeup, and stabilization is extremely valuable, and that makes this little lens one of the most valuable in my collection, even if it's not among the most expensive or most impressive-looking.
The original lens cracked when the tripod on which the camera was mounted fell because a friend tripped over one of the tripod legs. I was very pleased with the lens and the camera at the time and after doing some re-evaluation of available cameras and lenses decided to replace the lens rather than buy a new camera. Three years later I am still happy with the decision I made. I use the camera almost every day. I find it to be reliable under various lightening conditions, it is fairly light and portable compared to my Canon SLR. Its weight is 18-55 6.9 oz (194g). It has a standard Sony E-mount and filter diameter is 49 mm. The lens came with both caps.
The only negative thing I can say that it cracked because parts of the lens are made out plastic. However, that is what makes the lens lighter than my Canon zoom lenses.
In attached photo you see New York skyline taken at dusk (hand held) and below it I show super zoomed in areas to show the sharpness of the image in different areas of the shot - you see that the center of the shot (photo 2) is sharper than the edges (photo 1 and photo 2). I think it did a nice job given the lightning conditions and no tripod.
Ali Julia review
The #1 thing that I love about this lens is the image stabilization. I can take fairly long exposures (1/40 or so) handheld at a concert in low light, zoomed all the way in, and the image stays reasonably sharp (well, as sharp as it's going to get with this lens). If I take a handful of shots in a row, there's a pretty good chance that one of them might turn out okay; given what a tough situation concert photography is for any lens, that's fairly impressive.
Where I was hoping this lens would shine, but it completely doesn't, is outdoors. If you're looking to zoom in and shoot it opened up (say you want some nice bokeh in the background), then you're going to be in for a nasty surprise later: the corners look blurry, and the subject isn't exactly crystal clear, either. In situations where you think it might be the easiest thing in the world for a lens, this lens performs disappointingly badly.
Also distressing is how much of a pain it is to focus the lens manually. If you have a CDAF camera (i.e., not the new NEX-6), and you're frustrated with it hunting for focus, you'll be in just as much pain doing it yourself: the focus-by-wire just feels *slow*.
Ultimately, though, none of the above matter, because if you want an 18-55, this is the lens that Sony makes available to you.
Until Sony lets us mere mortals have the Sony SELP1650 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens.