Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6

Last updated (11 August’10):
– Review by Photozone

The Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 features 18-70mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 11 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 14.4 inches (38cm) and has a filter size of 55mm. The Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens weighs 8.3 ounces and it measures 2.6 inches in diameter and 3.1 inches long.

Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Reviews

Photozone reviews the Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 and writes;
“Technically the resolution figures are decent at 18mm and 40mm – less so at 70mm and especially at 24mm. Distortions and vignetting are about in line with the rest of the gang, maybe even slightly better…”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Kurtmunger reviews the Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 and writes;
“Build quality is rather cheap, but totally adequate for the intended purpose, an that’s for use by people just getting started in DSLR photography and don’t need focus scales, SSM or non-rotating focus rings etc. As stated earlier in the review, if you shoot in AUTO mode, this lens does a very good job in good light…”
rating: N/A

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 and writes;
“..the overall resolution is average and chromatic aberration at the wide end proves only marginally better than the Canon 18-55mm..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 User Reviews

An excellent lens for the money | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got this lens as part of a package with the alpha body. Most times, it appears this lens is extraordinarily sharp… a wonderful all around lens. It’s wide enough for most use…great for group photos and such, and the long end provides beautiful, sharp portraits. A wonderful combination with the alpha body.” – by ROSE RN

Bang for the Buck
“it take great pictures for the price. Just make some few adjustment on the camera like saturation, sharpness and your pictures are perfect. What do most reviewer expect for less then $90 when purchased with camera as a kit??? if you want razor sharp then goes for carl zeis which cost $1700, if the budget is not a problem.” – By Potion99
Rating: ★★★★★

“Great lens, as expected. Good all around lens for taking around with you when you need wide angle shots as well as good quality close up macro style shots. Money well spent!” – By mark
Rating: ★★★★★

Sony DSLR 18-70mm Zoom lens
“You can take good interior photos and capture most of the room while standing at the opposite corner, and also do exterior shots. A good lens if you are interested in photographing the interior and exterior of houses, or condos, thanks to its wide angle capability. The lens is designed for APS-C format DSLR’s, and has built in aspheric elements and ED glass to correct various aberrations at wide angle settings.” – By W. Webb
Rating: ★★★★★

Good Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a much better lens than you would believe for the price. Stopped down a bit and in the middle ranges of the zoom it offers good sharpness! This is my Auto settings lens and when i need to hand the camera to my wife or someone who isnt familiar with DSLR but wants to take some pictures in a family setting for example.” – by Marcus Daniel

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Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Specifications

A superb zoom lens for everyday photography — the lens you’ll put on, and leave on. This superb standard lens for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 camera handles the full range of shots you’ll take most often — but there’s nothing “standard” about its advanced optical design. In 35mm equivalent, it covers wide-angle 27mm to 105mm midrange telephoto for snapshots, portraits, interiors,+ and more — an excellent all-around lens to travel with.

Lens Features

DT lens design
A more compact, lightweight lens designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 camera.

Aspherical lens elements
To correct visual aberrations at wide-angle setting, enabling a lightweight lens to capture more visually accurate wide-angle shots.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
To reduce chromatic aberration at telephoto extension, correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.

Circular aperture
Because aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

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