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SonyE-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver)
 
3.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Consistent output (7)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (15)
  • Low light (8)
  • Sports/action (7)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Video (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Improves Camera over 16 mm

Sharpness with this lens is good. It does not make the NEX5 excessively large. It fits very nicely in a Lowpro Apex 100AW case like the case was made specifically for the NEX5 and...Read complete review

Sharpness with this lens is good. It does not make the NEX5 excessively large. It fits very nicely in a Lowpro Apex 100AW case like the case was made specifically for the NEX5 and this lens, the little flash unit, a spare battery, a filter or two and an SD card in a very small well padded space.

I see little of the color fringing of bright edges that shows with the 16 mm wide angle pancake lens. The reversing lens hood supplied works very well.

In bright light the LCD is a difficult to use. I use a sun hat with a wide brim that I have painted flat black on the bottom side of the front of the brim with acrylic paint. There have been a few times I have missed the ability to "peek through the hole" on a regular DSLR in strong sunlight.

At actual pixels the images look quite good, which is what I was wanting so I could make 18x24 inch prints from this camera with careful composition. Compared to a Canon 7d with an L series lens it is of course in second place in sharpness, but excellent for the money and fantastic on the size and weight. Overall the images seem a tiny bit "soft"on the NEX5, but in a good way.

Of the three lenses available for the NEX5, this seems like the best buy, though the 16 mm certainly is compact and WIDE, but limited compared to this lens. The zoom is just essential if you are after making every pixel count with tight composition in the camera itself. A few times I have missed the always ready little flash on the Canon G11.

Does seem to outperform the G11 due to larger sensor, but I love the G11 layout. The NEX5 LCD tilts some but not as wide a range as the G11. The retractable lens on the G11 is hard to beat for compact size and "always have with you" camera, but the NEX5 in the LowPro case is very compact and seems to be producing images with improved large print potential vs the G11. (Keep in mind I LOVE my G11 so swapping it out for the NEX5 was a big decision)

I use a small wrist strap on the NEX5 to help ease it out of the case and avoid drops. It is a bit of an adaptation to learn how to hold it with this lens, but not as awkward as it may look.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent and very usable zoom.

This is my most commonly used lens, because of size and portability. A bit more applicable to diverse shooting situations, and is great with the video capabilities.

I come from a...Read complete review

This is my most commonly used lens, because of size and portability. A bit more applicable to diverse shooting situations, and is great with the video capabilities.

I come from a career using a 1D MkII and a bag of L glass. It would have been nice if Sony offered say a 24-70mm f2.8 similar in quality to its beautiful 18-200 f3.5. I would have bought it immediately, as I did with the 18-200 zoom.

It seems like Sony wanted to capture converting point and shoot people first, and the 18-55 is excellent in that regard. For a more sophisticated user, the 18-55 might fall short of expectations, but will still yield good-if not great images.

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1.0

Awful lens!

By Alvaro

from Mexico

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not Functional

Best Uses

  • Throw away

Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

Clear and Sharp report other users...
Probably at the very center and moderate apertures. But the edges are a little worse than awful. And I seldomly use the widest aperture for the very same reason.

Hands down, the worse lens I've ever tried. Shame on Sony.. how dare they!

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5.0

I LIKE IT

By MINH NGUYEN

from PLEASANT ST,GARDEN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

      IT'S GOOD FOR ME

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      5.0

      Clear and sharp!

      By Mediadude

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

        This little lens is just the ticket for on the fly shooting with its quick and effective auto focus.

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        5.0

        Excellent lens!

        By TFH

        from Branford, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

          I was able to get my hands on a 6 month old NEX-7 and purchased this lens new to complete the basic kit. The build quality is superb. Optics are remarkable. I have absolutely no complaints.

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          2.0

          bad edges sharp in the center

          By Jiu jitsu Andrew

          from Santa Barbara, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

              Good for portraits. Horrible for landscapes. edges are so bad it is laughable.

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              5.0

              Exceeded my expectations!

              By Dale

              from Ottawa, ON

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

              I use this mostly for photos on my nex 5n. I use the camera more for video than photos, and when I shoot, I usually use Minolta primes (faster, sharper) but for photography this lens is really amazing. First of all, the image stabilization is really incredible. I just took a shot at 1/12 while shaking the camera on purpose and it still turned out sharp. It just works wonderfully. For normal stuff, 18-55mm is pretty much all the focal lengths you'll need. It's a very useful range for sure. The manual focus ring is crazy smooth, and because it's not direct, when you're in manual focus assist mode, the adjustments are very fine and you can get very precise, sharp focus. In comparison to canon's 18-55mm kit lens, this blows it away. Manual focus on that lens is almost impossible, and whenever you touch the "focus ring" it moves the barrel of the lens which changes the focus.

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              5.0

              Solid as a Sony!

              By John Brune

              from Fort Wayne, Indiana

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Picture Quality
              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Close Up Filming
                • Panoramic Filming
                • Upgrade

                Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                I bought the SEL 1855 lens for the Sony FS100 HD video camera so I could have a high quality lightweight lens on my Steadicam system. The lens is simple to use and resolved beautifully. It is a great solution for my Steadicam use and it keeps me on budget and in the Sony family. No complaints. Can't beat the price of this brand new lens!

                John Brune

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                4.0

                Excellent Kit Lens

                By Photofunch

                from SF Bay Area

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                  I usually opt not to use kit lenses as they are of lesser optical quality than what I expect but the Sony kit lens is the exception. Very good performance overall and the OIS works well. The lens is very light in weight and balances well on the NEX-5 and NEX-7. The materials look nice as well and it does not have that "Hey, I'm a cheap kit lens" quality.

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                  3.0

                  does it worth for [$]?

                  By Stanley

                  from New York

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • No Increase In Performance

                  Best Uses

                  • Panoramic Filming
                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                  This is a lens with average quality in overall. I had Leica D-lux5. I just bought a nex5 with 16mm lens; and also bought the 18-55mm for daily use. Lens and camera together almost $700.
                  I don't find Sony's picture quality is much better than that from Leica point and shoot under the same focal length. The camera with the 18-55mm lens is still bulky although it's smaller than regular DSLR. The low light performance is average.

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                  4.0

                  good value, versatile lens

                  By straight shooter

                  from New England

                  About Me Semipro fine art

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Street photography

                    Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                    Excellent build quality.Light weight, good for street work, especially given the image stabilization. Will do the job nicely until (I hope)Zeiss produces an e-mount zoom of same size.

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                    4.0

                    Good Performance for a Kit Zoom Lens

                    By ALF

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Soft focus around edges

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                    This lens came as part of a 2-lens kit with my NEX-5N, and out-performs the typical entry-level DSLR kit zooms that I have seen from other manufacturers. The build quality is better than any other similar lens, and the optical quality seems to be at least as good. Optical stabilization allows me to use shutter speeds that would normally not be possible.

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                    4.0

                    Very Functional Lens

                    By Saul

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                      The lens is lightweight and the 18-55 focal length is an effective 27-82 range is very functional. I didn't find the lens to be as sharp as I would have liked.

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                      4.0

                      Big Sony Small Package

                      By Oldogfoto

                      from Stevensville MD

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                        On the whole, I'm happy with this camera, with the following. The pictures are sharp & show considerable depth. However use is limited largely to evening & indoor times as the sun makes it hard to see the LCD screen, even with the right WB setting. A sun hood would be a huge help. Also the flash gun that comes with the camera doesn't stay put. Happily I'm not all that into flash so when I inevitably lose or damage the flash gun, I won't be all that bummed out either.

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                        4.0

                        Good lens

                        By Dan

                        from Florida

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                        This is a must have for run and gun type work because it is one of four lenses that have auto focus for the Sony FS100

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                        3.0

                        Portable camera

                        By Ben

                        from Hong Kong

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Distortion
                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                        I bought this camera because it is so portable and the photo quality is acceptable. Largest aperture is alright, but F7.1 or F8 seems to be sharper.
                        But I hate its distortion at 18mm.

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                        4.0

                        Good Lens Good Price

                        By SAMERTIME

                        from NEW YORK

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                            I love this lens. As a casual photographer the Nex-5 camera is great and the 55 mm lens is a must. Smooth action, great design, excellent quality.

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                            5.0

                            If you are still using the pan lens...

                            By Jetse

                            from Holland

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                              ... get this one right away !The lens opens up a whole new world. I thought that it wouldn't really matter because the Nex camera is all ready a very good camera to begin with. The zoom quality is great, easy to click on and it makes a very crisp image. One of the best things I ever bought for a camera. The only con I can think of is how far you can zoom with it but that is just a feature and not really a con. [...]

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                              4.0

                              The best Nex lens out there

                              By AndrewNYC

                              from NYC, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                                I bought this lens as part of a 2 lens kit for the Sony Nex 5 camera. The lens produces excellent photos, has good image stabilization built in, is relatively compact when paired with the tiny next camera body. Quality all metal design. Feels good in the hand.

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                                5.0

                                Lightweight and usefull

                                By Mike

                                from Paris , France

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                                  For most of the common pictures of my children.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Lens

                                  By Scott S

                                  from Lakewood, OH

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver):

                                    If you're looking at getting into the Sony NEX camera and you can only choose one lens, go for this 18-55mm over the 16mm. The lens, in my opinion, gives a sharper image & more can be used in more situations than the pancake lens. The quality of this lens seems very solid & like the 16mm, you can set the NEX to 7x or 14x zoom for focusing by turning the lens' focusing ring.

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