Summary: As an oldtime Minolta 35mm photographer, I was excited when Sony took over the brand because I thought all my old lenses would have a new lease of life. But that didn't happen - about three years ago I purchased the 18-200mm Sony zoom with an A100 and shot comparisons with my Minolta AF lenses. Results looked identical or the Sony lens was better in some cases which meant that all my old Minolta lenses stayed in storage.
Summary: Could have rated "excellant for this price", but that's not what's asked. For a reasonable price, one can get the Sony 18-200mm lens. I've noticed no "bothersome" distortion at Any range. NO pincushioning. Nearly inperceptable barrel distortion, but not shot smearing at 18-20mm. Buying it used, on eBay, as I did, left me with a smug, "ain't I the smart shopper" feeling- having saved nearly 50% off retail.
Within a whisker of a $2,000 Nikon lens - at the same apertures
John S. Bowling "John B", Amazon
18 November 2007
Summary: I spent five hours yesterday comparing pictures from this lens (which I thought would be markedly inferior) on a Sony A100 with those from a friend's Nikon D200 ($1,400 today) with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens ($2,000). I had decided to sell my setup and spend the money on the Nikon to get the additional sharpness I thought it had and was just doing the test to be sure. I'm glad I did because I got a surprise.
Summary: If you're going with the Alpha 100, and looking for a good, all-in-one design, then look no further. Built specifically for digital, this is the Konica-Minolta 18-200 lens repackaged for the Sony, which included a bit of restyling. Optically, this is a solid performer. It's not cutting edge technology, and won't hold up to the rigors of professional photojournalism, but it's small, lightweight, and give you a tremendous zoom range.
Für die Sony Alpha optimaler leichter Allrounder, guter Reisezoom.
15 February 2012
Summary: Mit dem Kauf eine Sony Alpha 55 hatte ich auf Empfehlung ein Sigma 18-250 gekauft. Ingesamt war ich mit dem Objektiv zufrieden, jedoch nicht mit dem Gewicht von 650g. Ich habe mich deshalb entschlossen auf das Sony 18200 umzusteigen und diesen Beschluß nicht bereut. Ingesamt werden hervorragend scharfe und kontrastreiche Bilder produziert, welche beim Sony etwas kühl wirken.