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

Chris Munden Bauer

Registered: July 2013
Posts: 4
Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM II SAL18552 review by Chris Munden Bauer
Review Date: 10/15/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: Superb image quality and very neat and compact
Cons: Rather poor and cheap plastic construction, but no worse than others brands

The old 18-55 SAM kit lens was a very good performer, I tested this Mk 2 on a A37 and its even better with new SD glass and reduced flare problems. The image quality is superb, and colours that only Sony seem to get right. No supplied lens hood but its recommended you get a round screw in one that is quite shallow for the wide end so you don't get any vignetting.
The construction is as expected from a kit lens but its no worse than other manufacturers.
It has a plastic lens mount but that's hardly a problem considering how light the lens is. Don't lose sleep over that aspect. No lens if perfect but this gets good from F/4. Yes it exhibits all the usual problems that cheap zooms have but in this case they are quite minor problems and its not really any worse than more expensive lenses in the Sony line up.
Probably one of the best kit lenses optically of any manufacturer. Well done Sony.


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