Reviews and Problems with Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
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Lens Test: Sony DT 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 SAM AF
26 May 2011
Excerpt: This new entry level wide-to-moderate-tele kit zoom ($200, street) was unveiled with the Sony Alpha 230, 330, and 380 cameras and is designed for APS-scaled sensors. A 27–82mm full-frame equivalent, it boasts Sony’s relatively new Smooth AF Motor (SAM).
Summary: Aside from its unique high-speed live view mode the Alpha 380 simply can't compete with the best of its peers in this fiercely competitive sector. Handling isn't great, nor is low-light performance, and unless you find one very cheap indeed, it's best avoided.
Pros: Good JPEG output at base ISO (but sometimes poor low contrast detail, improves visibly when shooting in RAW), Good JPEG resolution, Reliable metering, Fastest AF in live view (but see disadvantages below), Coherent ergonomics for live view operation, Probably the easiest DSLR to use for a compact...
Cons: Visible blurring of fine detail in JPEGs from ISO 200 upwards, High ISO performance not on the same level as direct competitors, Smallest viewfinder of any APS-C DSLR, Protruding screen obstructs use of viewfinder, especially if you're wearing glasses, Limited external controls, No on-screen user...