Great kit lens, Sony's should come with this standard.
Lee J. Farrell, Amazon
13 December 2013
Summary: Probably my favorite "first lens" for any kit. I sold my Nikon system and bought a sony dSLT and had to start over. This lens was my primary choice as I shoot 95% of all shots with this lens. Excellent range for the price and very nice quality/sharpness.
Summary: I have had this lens for a while, and these are the only cons i found. There is vignetting on some of my images, distortion on many, in some cases struggles to find focus, and very loud when it does. This lens is nice for a first lens, but definitely not a pro lens. These are my warnings.
Pros: zoom, design
Cons: vignette, struggles to find focus, noise of focus, distortion
Summary: Great range of coverage; this is one of the best all-purpose lenses I own…. it does get a bit heavy at the end of a hike, but performs well… I have to note and agree with other reviews that it is a bit louder than my other lens when it zooms but the performance of the lens gets me to look past it.
Summary: This lens is great for all-around shooting and takes beautiful photo's in any lighting condition. However, I do notice "lens creep" (extracting/retracting) when taking photo's in a vertical position. This is probably normal with "high-zoom lenes" but very frustrating when shooting in an upward position.
Excerpt: I am using this lens exclusively on my Sony A77. I find this lens has all the zoom range I need, just enough wide angle for the indoor group shots and scenery, and enough sharpness at long zooms. I was initially concerned about the modest speed (f3.5-f6.3) but they proved unfounded, since the camera is so capable. I like the size of the barrel in my hand; bigger lenses are too large to be comfortable, and prevent the camera from resting on its base.
Summary: Having owned the Sony SLT A55V for about a month, I was sufficiently impressed by photos generated by the kit lens that I immediately decided to purchase a "better" quality lens without having to sell a kidney to do it. The SAL 18250 was my choice as it satisfied two criteria. I needed a good all purpose zoom lens and I wanted something better than the kit 18-55 lens that came with the camera. This lens was a very good choice.