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SonyE 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver)
 
4.0

(based on 33 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (16)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Consistent output (7)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Low light (8)
  • Sports/action (7)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Video (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3), Tech savvy (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

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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3.0

Average Lens

By marshalldillon

from Canada

About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Quality Construction

Cons

  • No Performance Improvement

Best Uses

  • Home Movies
  • Shooting Outdoors
  • Travel

Comments about Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver):

This is the standard kit lens included with many of the Sony NEX cameras. It offers decent versatility, however, it is fairly slow and offers noticeable fringing and coma. Beware not to shoot anything too sharp with this, or in too low light without a tripod. Build quality is pretty good, comparable to the rest of the E-Mount low end range.For shooting video is more what I use this lens for. It provides quick autofocus and a nice manual focus ring with a good throw distance.Overall a good lens, but for me it is definitely not worth the price stated. Maybe, $ on sale. Good thing it came with the kit.

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5.0

THIS LENS IS AWESOME!!!!!

By Drock

from Baton Rouge

Comments about Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver):

This is exactly what I needed. My friends got me this for my birthday because I am filming a documentary with my Sony Nex VG-10 where I am filming every day. I have been using the 16mm e-mount for the past few months but I have really needed a lens that would zoom but I don't want to always use my 18mm-200mm lens and this is the PERFECT medium!!!!!!! This is great for quick point and shoot videoing and documentary style shoots like I am doing. THANK YOU B&H FOR HAVING THIS LENS TO SELL MY FRIENDS FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!!! I WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL!!!!!!


...I love you

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5.0

Great Lens! Good quality for the price!

By Kd2200

from Roanoke, VA

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Group Pictures
    • Shooting Outdoors

    Comments about Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver):

    I bought this lens to use for a family portrait session and it did not disappoint. The pictures were clear and high quality. I would highly recommend it!

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    (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Soft

    By hooch

    from NYC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver):

    Purple fringing is out of control. The lens is also pretty soft overall. I'd say it's overpriced for what it is.

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    5.0

    I like it

    By Bman

    from Colorado

    Comments about Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver):

    I'm an amateur and maybe this isn't a high end lens, but I have really enjoyed using it for several years. I got it with a NEX5 but now use it with my a6000. It is a handy lens to have when I don't feel like carrying all of my other lenses around.

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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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver):

        IT'S GOOD FOR ME

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        5.0

        Clear and sharp!

        By Mediadude

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver):

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

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent lens!

          By TFH

          from Branford, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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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            (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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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                        • Yes

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                        (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (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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