Summary: Lovely lens Sony SEL 18-55 well suited for landscapes, portraits and genre shooting. Good color, almost needs no correction. Quickly the sharpness. Recommend to those who still does not have this lens.
Better than you might think, outstanding with ACR corrections...
APC Reviews "APC Reviews", Amazon
12 November 2013
Summary: The Sony Alpha SEL1855 E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens is an outstanding "kit" zoom lens for Sony E Mount cameras like the NEX. I have achieved results with this lens that, quite frankly, I would have thought impossible for such a modestly priced lens. I say "outstanding" with one very serious qualifier. That is that you accept that the lens is, in many ways, very mediocre in straight optical terms, but a stellar performer if digitally corrected in post production.
Summary: I got this for a little more than 100$. The reason I got it is probably the price, since I already have the 16-50 that came with the NEX6, I didn't really need this one. I got it so I could test out the image quality and overall usability of the lens. I must say that it outperforms the 16-50 in terms of image quality and speed (also boot and shut down speed). But the 16-50 beats it in terms of mobility and portability.
Summary: This lens gets a bad rap. Mostly, but not entirely, undeserved. First, who is this lens not for? Anyone who needs a compact lens should buy the 16-50 power zoom, 16mm or 20mm pancake, or Sigma 19mm or 30mm. This lens is not compact, but it's not huge. Anyone who needs top notch image quality should buy a prime NEX lens. Other than the 16mm, they are optically much better than the available zooms.
Summary: Like any kit lens, it is far from perfect, but that doesn't mean it's bad. On the contrary, it is a great multipurpose lens, fast enough for most shooting conditions, which produces vibrant Minolta-like colors and crisp images. Mated to my SLT-A37 it does all I need it to, and more.