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.
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.
Within a whisker of a $2,000 Nikon lens - at the same apertures
Tuneguy "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).
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.
Summary: Mit dem Kauf eine Sony Alpha 55 hatte ich auf Empfehlung ein Sigma 18-250 gekauft. Das Gewicht von 650g als auch der links drehende Zoom waren für mich jedoch störend. Ich habe mich deshalb entschlossen auf das Sony SAL 18200 umzusteigen.