Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS

Last updated (24 January’11):
– Review by Kurtmunger

The Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS features 18-55mm 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 9.8″ (0.25m) and has a filter size of 49mm. The Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS lens weighs 6.9 oz (194g) and it measures 62mm in diameter and 60mm long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS Reviews

SLRgear reviews the Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS and writes;
“At 28mm, performance is actually better as the lens is stopped down; at 35mm, maximum CA is off the chart, suggesting a deficiency of the lens at that focal length setting. It’s mitigated somewhat by stopping down, and you’ll only really notice the CA in the corner areas, in areas of high contrast. At 55mm the lens provides actually quite good tolerance to CA…”
rating: N/A

Kurtmunger reviews the Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS and writes;
“This kit zoom lens turned in a pretty good performance overall, and works best at F/5.6-8, which is good news too. The long end has some good qualities, like smooth bokeh or background highlight blur, lack of color fringing, and very good overall sharpness, although a little soft at F/5.6 in the extreme corners. The wide end is very sharp in the centers and mid-section, but the extreme corners need to be stopped down; and of course don’t forget the strong color fringing and distortion that occurs at and near 18mm…”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS and writes;
“The Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is a very decent “kit” zoom lens. It is, of course, not flawless but it’s pretty sharp across the board and especially in the center portion of the image field. A weakness is the high amount of lateral CAs at 18mm and 35mm which decreases the subjective quality perception quite a bit if you don’t care about it during post-processing…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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User Opinions

Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS User Reviews

A great kit lens
“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.” – By P. J. Conlon
Rating: ★★★★★

Great lens
“Great lens, I have almost no complaints about it. again, GREAT LENS. PS I’m a very amateur photographer so I’m probably talking out of my $%^ so never the less, I have no complaints about the lens. Something I would love to see Sony or any lens manufacturer do is sell a filter with the lens so I don’t always have to buy one for every new lens.” – By Brian R
Rating: ★★★★★

Good lens to get for your NEX if you don’t have it
“Bought it for my NEX VG10 even thought I have the 18-200 because it lightened up the camera and allows you to do a dolly zoom or track zoom easier then its bigger brother.” – By W. Deptuch
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great Lens for an Amazing Camera
“Wow. Wow. THat’s what I have to say about the 18-55 lens and the Sony Nex-5 I’ve mounted it on. Photo quality, ease or use and sheer fun-ness of use are all A+++. Great features on the Nex-5 like simple panoramic images or automatic photo when a smile is evident are enhanced by the lens quality of the 18-55.” – By Robert Abidor
Rating: ★★★★★

Excelent Companion for the NEX Sony Camera. A MUST HAVE
“The lens is very light despite the size, very sharp image, focus and zoom handle is very comftable. Images are sharp as any othe rsony lens. The size is appropiate for the camera, I feared that it could be too long for a comfortable handling, but it’s just perfectly designed.” – By Bigyuyo
Rating: ★★★★★

very good kit lens
“This lens is in very good build. The image is crispy in terms of the kit lens. I think it is a good starter for everyone.” – By pkc
Rating: ★★★★★

Really, really nice lens; amazing optics shine in macro photography
“I use this lens with a Sony NEX-7 body, which is a fine piece of imaging hardware in its own right.. Fit and finish are very nice. The size is slightly smaller than typicl DSLR “normal” focal length lenses, but provide excellent tactile feedback even with large hands. Both manual and auto focus results provide excellent clarity and resolution of fine details.” – By 35-year Technology Consumer
Rating: ★★★★★

“I knew about this lens, for my brand new camera the SONY next7, which is an amazing product, has so many tricks I will be learning how to use them properly for months.
the lens just purchased is much lighter for close ups, and gives a good zoom range.” – By OSCAR
Rating: ★★★★★

Very Happy
“AWESOME!!! Very, very pleased with everything about this. It came a week early and it was packaged nicely. The lens was in very good shape and I’m glad I can add another lens to my Nex Interchangeable Lens collection. I will definitely buy from this company again and recommend to others.” – By Liuy Jennings
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS User Manual

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Sony E 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS Specifications

The Sony SEL1855 Interchangeable Alpha E-mount Lens is for Sony Alpha NEX Cameras. The Sony SEL1855 Interchangeable Alpha E-mount Lens is extremely Lightweight. Plus, this lens has Auto and Manual Focusing as well as Silent Autofocusing / Internal Motor. Order the Sony SEL1855 Interchangeable Alpha E-mount Lens today!

Designed to match your α 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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