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Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens

You Pay: $648.00

WARNING: Not compatible with "full-frame" (35mm size) cameras.

Product Highlights
  • 35mm Equivalent: 27-375mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-40
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • 3x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Filter Thread: 62mm

The 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens from Sony is great for nearly any situation, with focal lengths ranging from 18-250mm on cropped APS-C size cameras, with the 35mm equivalent of a long 27-375mm zoom. As it is a DT-series Sony lens, it has been optimized for these smaller image sensors, and is not recommended for use with larger 35mm full-frame cameras.

This lens is constructed of 16 elements in 13 groups, as well as 3x Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, which all help to deliver sharp, clear photos throughout the zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.5' and a front-end filter diameter of 62mm.

Its aperture varies depending on the focal length you choose, and will slowly increase from f/3.5 to f/6.3, or f/22 to 40, as the chosen focal length increases. It also has an internal focusing system, zoom lock to prevent it from extending when you don't want it to, and 7x circular aperture blades that work to produce smooth, out of focus background effects.

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

27-375mm (35mm Equivalent) 13.8x Zoom
Having been built for cropped image sensors, you can easily capture close-ups with this far-reaching zoom lens. Shoot with a wide range of focal lengths ranging from 27-375mm on cropped APS-C size cameras, without having to swap lenses.
Aperture Range: f/3.5-40
In addition to the zoom range, the lens' aperture also increases with the focal length, from f/3.5 to 6.3 at the wide end, and f/22 to 40 when zooming in.
Optimized For APS-C Size / DT-Format Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Designed specifically for the APS-C sized sensors used in many Sony Alpha DSLR cameras, this lens can be more compact and lightweight than it otherwise would be if built for a full-frame camera. It is recommended you one use this lens with DT-format Alpha & Minolta SLR cameras.
3x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in to the 375mm equivalent focal length, the extra-low dispersion glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
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.
Internal Focusing System
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change -- creating a lens that focuses more quickly and doesn't change balance.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 250mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 375 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22 - 40
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 76° - 6°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (.45 m)
Magnification 0.29x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 16/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 3.4" (7.62 x 8.64 cm)
Weight 15.52 oz (440 g)
Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens
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  • Rear Lens Cap
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  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 99 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (72)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (65)
    • Improves picture quality (43)
    • Compact (38)
    • Strong construction (16)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting outdoors (58)
    • Shooting indoors (33)
    • General purpose (24)
    • Upgrade (22)
    • Close up filming (19)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        63% 

        (5 reviews)

        One-to-three months

         

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (35), Enthusiast (23), Parent (16), Technically challenged (7), Advanced amateur (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (47), Yes (5)

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    5.0

    An excellent for all occasional

    By Duong

    from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Panoramic Filming
      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors

      Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

      Picture ws taken in St. Maarten

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      4.0

      Great lens but not perfect

      By Bob

      from Western mass

      Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

      I've had this lens now for a few years on my alpha55......now on an alpha65. A major step up from the kit lenses and i use it 99 percent of the time. Sharpness has been overall very good and I use
      It with confidence. City scapes have shown some barreling or pincushion which I could correct in photoshop. My last trip to some ruins in cancun presented me with a real problem with this lens. The Mayan ruins were amazing , extensive, and of great photographic interest. When I returned home I processed the photos and found some of the buildings to have a very noticeable pincushion that made some appear to lean like the tower of Pisa. Oddly,I could not correct this in photoshop....it was an odd mix of barreling and pincushion over a series of pictures. Otherwise, I like the lens.

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      5.0

      Still Fantastic!

      By JLS

      from Graves Co, KY

      About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Close Up Filming
        • Panoramic Filming
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

        I use this on my alpha 77 for all shooting.
        It is super for all situations!!
        Larger aperature would be nice, but for the zoom range, size and image quality, it is super!
        Four years of happiness!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Alpha 850 Wide Telephoto Lens by Sony

        By Wizzy

        from Hardy

        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Close Up Filming
          • Panoramic Filming
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

          This is a great lens and my second one. I still use the old one but there is a scratch on the lens so I replaced it with the same version. It is great for telephone and exceptional for up close shots without having to carry two different lenses.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Even better on the Sony a99 full frame.

          By Remco

          from Perth WA

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Flexible

          Cons

          • Soft Wide At Long End

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

          An excellent travel/walk-around lens that produces remarkable results when stopped down to f8 or below. Bought for my Sony a55, I was stunned to see results on my Sony a99 full-frame producing SUPERIOR results at least in the tested f8-f16 range (who says its is "incompatible"?). Wider apertures at longer focal length are soft. Given price, it is a must have lens.

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          • No

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          5.0

          An All Around Lens

          By lefjack

          from NW Indiana

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

              This lens is a great all around lens and produces excellent images.

              It is also convenient when on a shoot as you are not hampered by having to change fixed focal length lens that fit each particular image.

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              • No

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              5.0

              perfect for all uses and travels

              By MAG

              from Brazil

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast auto focus
              • Improves Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Travels

              Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

              very versatile

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great all around lens

              By Dash

              from Beaver, PA

              About Me Serious Amature

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Strong Construction
              • Wide Focal Length Range

              Cons

              • No Macro

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Photos
              • Panoramic Filming
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

              I have owned this lens for about 1 1/2 years now. I bought it when I bought my Sony A35, and have used it as my primary lens ever since. I have other lenses that I use for specific tasks (super wide angle, super telephoto and a macro lens) but for 90% of my photos, I stick with this lens, and am quite happy.
              I have used this lens both for landscape photography, as well as for getting close up pictures of animals that I had no desire to get anywhere close to, and everything in between. One of the few things that I wish this lens did better was macro photos. You need to get far enough away from flowers, insects, etc that they do not fill up the frame. Also, you need more light than some more expensive lenses. As no lens can do everything, I feel that these are minor quibbles with what is otherwise a fantastic lens

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              5.0

              excellent addition

              By BC

              from Statesboro, GA

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Close Up Filming
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                Just used this for a week on my vacation to Montana and Wyoming. Was able to get excellent close-ups of wildlife and mountains.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Awesome lens

                By bhbest

                from New Jersey USA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Panoramic Filming
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                  Using this lens with my new A57 gives me crips results at all focal lengths and good exposures. I had tried the Tamron 18-270 pzd and it was softer compared to this lens at 250mm. I could have had a bad copy as I have used that model lens in the past and it was always sharp at long zooms, I just couldn't get it to gell with my a57. So I switched to the Sony 18-250, problem solved! Great lens!

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                  5.0

                  A very good lens to have all the time

                  By KMTX

                  from Houston, texas

                  About Me Love to experiment, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoor sports activity
                    • Shooting Indoors

                    Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                    Switched to a similar lens from Tamron. Like this better. Focuses very fast in auto mode. Manual focusing is easy and sharp. To snap objects at close remove the protective lens ( if any attached ), for sharper focusing.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great lense for everyday use.

                    By Allen

                    from Birmingham, AL

                    About Me Parent

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors

                      Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                      Great lense. It is now my everyday lense.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      awesome lens

                      By Annie

                      from Cincinnati

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                          definitely worth the money on this lens. i put it on a Sony A57. wasn't interested in the 'packages' where you could get the camera and two separate lenses, an 18-55 and a ??-300. did not want to swap a lens just for a longer zoom shot. had a 10x zoom on my old camera and didn't want to settle for any less. saw a review for this lens saying it was best all-purpose lens and totally agree.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          LOVE IT!!!

                          By photogeek95

                          from south carolina

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                            I've only had the lens a few weeks but way better than the kit lens!! Very versatile, nice not having to change lens on the go! Hate the "creep" but it does have a lock, just a step i have to get used to.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens

                            By BajanSnene

                            from Bridgetown, Barbados

                            About Me Amateur

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Picture Quality

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                            Purchased this lens to replace kit lens and what a great buy this was. I shoot at events and not having to change lens is proving to be a breeze.

                            Photos are nice and clean

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            One Lens for All

                            By Camera KJ

                            from Tacoma, WA

                            About Me Advanced amateur

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good all around lens

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Vacation

                            Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                            If you are going on vacation, this is the only lens you will need to take. I sometimes travel light and do not want to carry a lot of extra lenses. The focal range of this lens makes it great for your all around lens. Pictures are sharp and colorful.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Perfect!

                            By L.Giuliano

                            from Brazil

                            About Me Amateur

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Flexibility
                            • Improves Picture Quality

                            Cons

                            • Bulky Design

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                            A must have lens. Good shots in every situation. It's possible to use from a wide angle or tele without the need to change the lens: perfect for travel.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great little lens

                            By surferjoe

                            from australia

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                              It is a very compact ,easy to use lens

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              It was just that I need

                              By Nilson

                              from Santiago, Chile

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Close Up Filming
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                                It is very useful for several situatios without change the lenses

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                                • No

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                workhorse lens

                                By bubba

                                from new york city

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Great Value
                                • Improves Picture Quality
                                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Upgrade

                                  Comments about Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Alpha A-Mount Wide-Telephoto Lens:

                                  A bit heavy ,but to be expected for this range. Razor sharp images. Just add Sony 16-50 2.8 lens and your set for just about every situation.

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                                  • No

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