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Keywords: Sony Wide Mid Tele Zoom A-Mount DT APS-C Tested


thubleau

Registered: June 2012
Posts: 2
Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT SAL-18250 review by thubleau
Review Date: 6/23/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $575.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: excellent lens on the right body
Cons: non so far

Another misleading test review..........when will reviewers ever learn that using lenses such as the 18-250 become totally irrelevant once you use this on abody that can do it justice.
For instance try this lens on say the Sony a57 and you will see the results are quite difference
Most modern cameras use lens profiling, unbelievable processors and great Apc size sensors which all play a major roll in the final results of just another ordinary lens.
Thats correct, they remove distortion,pin cushioning, ghosting and even abberations so what happens is this.
You pay a lot less for a cheap lens and get amazing results.
I tested this lens against highly rated L enses including the 17-40 24-105 and the 70-200 all on my full frame sensored 5D MK2 and the results were so close that i realised it is a total waste of money buying expensive glass for APC-S SENSORED CAMERAS.
There is only a limited amount of resolution that can be extracted from these small sensors..........its not alimitless exercise as once you reach a certain point it becomes impossible for the sensor and the lens to extract anymore resolution.
Camera bodies carry out a very important part in this process with the latest bodies even building resolution beyond the actual physical capabilities of the lens.
This is of particular importance if you have no need for apertures lower than f/4


as historically it is the lenses at this f stop that are cheapest to buy.


With higher iso performance in modern day cameras its just not necessary to buy lenses of supposed technical superiority when you print up to 8X10 as you will not see any difference.
dfwatt

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 3
Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT SAL-18250 review by dfwatt
Review Date: 1/16/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $350.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: 1) great walkaround lens 2) good sharpness if stopped down, esp at wider end 3) good value
Cons: 1) not great sharpness once above 120mm even if stopped down - by 200mm soft even at f11

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 (f5.6 up to about f8/f11 where it reaches its max sharpness), and sharper at wider angles
3) good build quality and solid construction - won't compete with either Carl Zeiss or G series pro lenses, but still quite well made and good value
4) fast focusing (at least for big lens)
5) Not bad CA, distortion and vignetting (UPDATE - when used with the A77 or A65, these are effectively removed by the firmware-based corrections, which are quite effective in cancelling out CA, and corner shading effects are virtually eliminated too. (See my Amazon review of the Alpha 65)


Con:
1) Not impressive sharpness at telephoto end - wouldn't recommend if you plan on shooting a lot there (120-250mm), even stopped down
2) Some troubles with chromatic aberration, esp. again at telephoto end (but again virtually eliminated by A65/A77 firmware v 1.04)
3) Heavy (might overwhelm small, light camera bodies like the A55/A33/A33 - works better with bigger bodies like A65 and up)
4) Wish it traded some of its reach at the telephoto end for going down to 16 mm at the wide-angle end


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 it's just too soft there). These large range zoom lenses are 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 recommend this lens to people who value not changing lenses (nothing worse than missing a great shot while you're fiddling with your equipment), and to those not shooting at the long end of the lens much.
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). It is a major improvement on its predecessor (the 18-200 mm), and generally pretty sharp for this type of lens.
touristguy87

Registered: July 2007
Posts: 36
Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT SAL-18250 review by touristguy87
Review Date: 2/10/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $500.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: great range, nice and sharp even at 250mm
Cons: blooms a lot, with strong internal reflections (at least on an a700)

...this is a magical little lens and if wasn't for the strong haloing around lights at night, I would have no problem recommending it.
It is very sharp even at full zoom, sharp enough to shoot without concern at F6.3 maybe even F5.6, at F8 is it almost perfect. I have gotten some 200mm shots from it on a Sony a700 at IS0250 that were literally the best-looking photos that I've ever taken.


The one thing, the SSS system does make the Sony lens line seem almost too simple Smile either the lens is good or not, and really the problems are more with the cameras than the lenses. but I know for sure taking the same shot with a D300 and the Nikon 18-200VRII that it is not as sharp wide-open but between the camera and lens, reflections are much better controlled.


So in my opinion it's a great day lens that can survive at night if you aim it wisely.


 






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