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Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens

B&H # SO187035 Mfr # SAL1870
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Product Highlights
  • 35mm Equivalent: 27-105mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Aspheric Glass Lens Elements
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm

The 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens lens from Sony is a DT-series Sony Alpha lens that has been optimized for cropped image sensors, and as a result it is not recommended for use with larger full-frame cameras. Its 18-70mm focal length is the 35mm equivalent of a standard 27-105mm standard zoom lens.

It is constructed of 11 elements in 9 groups, with Extra-low Dispersion (ED) and Aspheric glasselements, which all help to deliver sharp, clear photos throughout the zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.2' and a front-end filter diameter of 55mm.

Note! Not compatible with 35mm or "full-frame" digital SLR cameras.

35mm Equivalent: 27-105mm
This 18-70mm lens has a 3.8x zoom factor, and is the 35mm equivalent of a 27-105mm lens on the cropped APS-C cameras it was designed for.
Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
At the 18mm setting, the f-stop range is 3.5-22, and at the 70mm setting, the f-stop range is 5.6-36.
Optimized For APS-C Size Sensors / DT-Format Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Optimized for Sony Alpha APS-C sensor cameras, the lens covers a 3.8x zoom range, from the wide 18mm end to a 70mm zoom, which is the 35mm equivalent of a 27-105mm lens.
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in to the 105mm equivalent focal length, the extra-low dispersion glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
Aspheric Glass Lens Elements
These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.
7x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Filter Diameter: 55mm
The 55mm from filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.

Note:The 55mm from filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.

Performance
Focal Length 18 - 70mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 105 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (.46 m)
Magnification 0.25x
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.60 x 3.03" (6.60 x 7.70 cm)
Weight 8.29 oz (235 g)
Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Solid Circular Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens
     
    3.4

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (21)
    • Easily interchangeable (12)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)
    • Consistent output (8)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (7)
    • Slow focus (6)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • General purpose (10)
    • Low light (4)
    • Portraits (4)
    • Weddings (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (5), Enthusiast (4), Casual photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Surprised

    I believe this is one of the 2 kit lens options with theA100. As part of the kit, this lens only cost me an extra$50 or so and as such is highly recommended...Read complete review

    I believe this is one of the 2 kit lens options with theA100. As part of the kit, this lens only cost me an extra$50 or so and as such is highly recommended at this price. Build quality is so-so (it is very plastic and light weight)but doesn't seem to have any loose fitting parts. After Itook some pictures with this - I was very amazed at thequality. The sharpness was very good. I really liked thefact that it zooms out to 18mm. If you take pictures ofin-room shots (a room in a historical house for example),you need an 18mm or less to get most of the room in the shot(especially with a non-full-frame sensor DSLR like theA-100). I wish the lens had a better build quality - Iwould have given it higher ratings.

    Problems Encountered: No problems as of yet.Not a problem, but just a note: If you use 2 filters(polarizer and UV for example) in the 18mm mode there may besignificant vignetting (black mask around the edges of yourphoto), unless you get the thin filters specificallydesigned for super wide-angle lenses. If you only use 1filter at a time, you don't need to get the thin filters.

    Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Sigma 24-70EX DG, Sigma 70-300 DG APO, Phoenix 500mm mirror

    Items I Recommend: filters for wide-angle lenses (see above)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    An acceptable kit lens

    I have used this product in wide ranging situations, indoors and out, night and day, still life to action - and i can confidently say it is an average lens.
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    I have used this product in wide ranging situations, indoors and out, night and day, still life to action - and i can confidently say it is an average lens.

    Those who have not managed to progress past the confines of the kit lens world will (and have done within these reviews) state it is a great lens. It is an average lens that does the job is is supposed to.

    It is not fast at all, it has a fully plastic build, the focusing is appalling in low light and sharpness is poor in all but the most favourable of conditions (where CA will really start to annoy you if you intend to print in a large size)

    This is a lens that should only be bought as part of a bundle when you buy the camera, in no way should you spend money to buy this lens if you are looking for a high quality product; it simply isn't designed to fit this demand and quite rightly is therefore priced very low.

    Unfortunately I still have this lens attached to my camera and am saving every penny to get something better before i can start to get the quality I long for.

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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    5.0

    Replacement lens

    By Robyn

    from Reisterstown, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

      I bought this lens as a replacement for the one that came on my Sony A300 DSLR. It's my "go-to" lens and when it started having problems after 4 years of regular use, I was very distressed.

      I was delighted to find the OEM replacement at B&H, at an excellent price. We called them for some clarification of information on the website, and they were wonderful to deal with. They took our order over the phone, and although they said it would probably take 10 days to receive the lens, I got it in 3. The lens works really well, very sharp images and quick response. I highly recommend it.

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      5.0

      Light but powerful

      By twinwoods

      from Teaneck NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

        Easy to use, great zoom range covers most needs, and quick focusing response the most importance, recommended.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great price point lens

        By grant

        from hawaii

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

          Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

          I use this lens for shooting product images, and video for our website. It's a great lens at a great price that is easy to use for anybody at any level. So far I haven't run into any issues with this lens as I use it for pretty standard things.

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          3.0

          simple yet good for any situation

          By Army General

          from São Paulo, SP - Brazil

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to use

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

          It has a good landscape and a good zoom!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Light and cpmpact

          By Rocio

          from seattle WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

            This is a great everyday lense

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By Kraft63

            from Montreal, Quebec Canada

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                  I am a Semi-Professional Sports Photographer and this lens is perfect for capturing the Championship teams as they celebrate.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great lens, even better price

                  By Alecia

                  from Dallas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                    I shoot lots of weddings. This is great providing me more options between my standard 18-55 and my telephoto zoom. This has become my go to lens for now!

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                    • No

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                    2.0

                    Not even close to a Pro

                    By Munir El Kadi

                    from Abu Dhabi

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Lens Creep
                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                    This lens came with my Alpha 200. It is slow, noisy and fails completely at low light. Pictures are dull and blurry that you cannot enlarge them above A3 (even with A3 alot of phtoshopping is required). With 18 mm it starts showing some funny effect. Its autofocus mal functioned after 2 years of operation
                    On the pro side, it is low priced and it is does if you want to use it at normal light or with a good flash. I mbuying it again because I| ran out of money and I| do need a lens to cover me for the time being. Will be saving for a better one in the near future

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sony SAL-1870 Great Everyday Lens

                    By Tim

                    from Kenosha, WI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                      Love this lens. Lost the original one and just had to replace it. Works smooth as silk, dependable and is very useful for many situations. All around great lens, especially at this price!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good product worth the money, I recommen

                      By RoyPH

                      from CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                      A good lens, compact and economical meets my needs.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      It's a Workhorse

                      By Lundegaard

                      from Monroe, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                      I shoot in every conceivable light, from evenings in the rain to midday desert vistas to late afternoon long shadows to direct flash at long range; were it not for a sometimes lazy auto-focus in low light, I would call this a perfect adventurers lens. I adapt my shots and am still pretty happy with this lens.

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                      4.0

                      Great all around lens

                      By lmorgy

                      from western Massachusetts

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quick Focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoor use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                        Bought this lens because I needed some zoom (had been using a 50 mm lens). Lightweight, good range, can get those closeups but can pan out too.

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                        3.0

                        Just enough to get you started

                        By Joe

                        from Gilbert, AZ

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus
                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                        I got this lens with my alpha 300 kit. It is just sufficient to get you start using your camera. Sharpness is clearly not there. Very basic lens, its meant to be an all purpose lens. If you want better quality pictures, i'd definitely suggest getting a better lens, like the DT 16-105, or the DT 16-80 zeiss, or even the DT 24-105. This lens is just for you to start messing around with your camera. The lens has a weak body, optically is made very cheap. However, it is a good kit lens, and gives you a much better focal length than their current 18-55 or any other manufacturer's kit lens in the same class.

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                        5.0

                        I am uterly happy about this product !!!

                        By Rafy

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quick Focus
                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp Focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                          I love this lens to photograph people in groups. I would take it to any party. The Quality of the pictures are superve. Easy to carry anywere, anytime. It is small and light weight, but powerfull for the porpuse it is intended to be used.___I haven't seen anything bad about this product...yet . I do regreat NOT having it before!!!

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                          4.0

                          Not as bad as some say

                          By ProfHankD

                          from Lexington, KY

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Good flare resistance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Useful zoom range

                          Cons

                          • Barely enough resolution

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                          I have two of these: one came with my A100, the other with my A350. Serious tests show the newer one is better, with a slight decentering problem in the older lens, but there is nothing obvious between them in photos.
                          There is no doubt that there are far better lenses for one's Sony, but the 18-70mm range (27-105mm equivalent field of view) is darned useful and IQ is really very comparable to Canon and other kit lenses with less useful zoom ranges. In short, I've got 20+ lenses, but these still get used when I need a "point and shoot" lens that does both wide and telephoto.
                          This is not a lens that will show-off the resolution difference between 10MP and 14MP bodies. However, IQ overall is pretty good: e.g., good color and great flare resistance. IQ certainly isn't worse than the 18-200mm choices, which are more expensive and bigger.
                          In summary, this is a good lens to take with you when you can take only one. It isn't the best lens for any specific type of photograph, but is competent at all the most common types except low-light non-flash.

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                          3.0

                          An OK lens for what it's worth...

                          By Gerald and Snark

                          from Anchorage, AK

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • No real Bokeh
                          • Weak Casing

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                          I got this lens as part of a used camera that already had it on. I'm believing that the person that sold me the Maxxum 7D thought this lens to be a sub-standard lens. I disagree as it's a good lens for what is worth: A beginners lens. It's no 100mm f2.8 Macro or Zeiss product, but, it can do the job. It's not my first choice yet it fills the gap for and easy to travel with lens and it can take the knocks the other lenses really couldn't take. It's adequate for what it does and I dig it for that.

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                          1.0

                          Sony should stop making this lens.

                          By Ryan

                          from Baton Rouge, LA

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Edge distortion

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                          I have more than one of these, thanks to Sony's insistence on including it with even the a700 for most retail packs. This lens was a Sony update of a bottom of the line kit lens Konica-Minolta design (it zooms in the opposite direction).

                          When zoomed to the wide angle 17mm, this lens really throws in a lot of sperical distortion. IE straight lines appear curved in the image. Outer corners of the image I just find to be awful.

                          I typically will not use this lens unless I can't find a body cap. Do yourself a favor and buy a similar "walkaround" lens from one of the reputable non-OEM manufacturers.

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                          2.0

                          No I am not recommend to a friend

                          By Dann

                          from newark,NJ

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Blurry Focus
                          • Weak Casing

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                          Onwed about sevent months,have testing a thousands
                          times,find out it just a basic lence,so nothing fancy about its ,made in china,the pictures coming out not clear much,get bad in the dark,autofocus hunt,you guy better save some bucks
                          to buy better lences likeSigma EX DG,Tamron ,you will see great result

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                          2.0

                          Bad, simply bad

                          By Boog

                          from Columbus, OH

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Blurry Focus
                          • Weak Casing

                          Best Uses

                          • Sacrifical

                          Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                          Came with my Sony alpha 350 as a kit lens. Made in China, cheap, sharpness is simply not there. An embarrassment.

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                          3.0

                          Don't judge a book by its cover"

                          By UNK

                          from NY

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Quick Focus
                          • Sharp Focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 AF DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                            At first I thought it was a budget lens. After taking several pictures I founf that the pictures were sharp and very clear. A good buy for the money. So far I am very satisfied.

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