Summary: I have to agree with Jane Tilley "Jane" - avoid this lens! it served me well for nearly a year, but the focus ring gave away. Now lens is useless. Repair cost is higher than cost of purchasing it, so you can basically bin it.
Summary: I have been using this lens for 2.5 years now. It is a good quality build. I have mainly used it for food and travel photography. travel pictures come out sharp and food photographs have the desired blurring effect in the background. Overall I am quite happy with this lens.
Summary: I have given this lens 1 star as there is a common fault that that means the focus ring gears slip meaning that you cannot manually focus or auto focus, this will cost you around £200 for a repair so after this fault occurs you may aswell bin it.
Summary: Its light, plasticky and has a rather poor maximum aperture at the longer focal lengths. However, it does have a better than usual range of focal lengths and comes almost free with many Sony dSLRs. Stopped down performance is OK and it works well for general use in good light.
Summary: This kit lens come with the starter Alpha cameras A200, A300 etc. On the plus side it's a quick lens (focusing), small and light so doesn't add unnecessary weight to the camera. On the downside the focussing ring rotates which causes filter problems, plus annoyingly the rubber grip is ribbed and...
Summary: First thing first, this is a decent lens. It offers a much nicer focal range than other kit lenses and it does pretty well in terms of sharpness. It's barrel action is smooth but it' focus ring does rotate, making it a pain to use a polariser.
Excerpt: This is the standard lens that comes with the new Sony Alpha 100 digital SLR camera (dSLR). It fits on to a the Sony a-mount or for those who have one of the old Konica Minolta Dynax camera, it will fit in the KM-mount. However it is a digital only lens so film purists will not be served well by it.