Excerpt: I've had this lens now for a few years on my alpha55......now on an alpha65. A major step up from the kit lenses and i use it 99 percent of the time. Sharpness has been overall very good and I use It with confidence. City scapes have shown some barreling or pincushion which I could correct in photoshop. My last trip to some ruins in cancun presented me with a real problem with this lens. The Mayan ruins were amazing , extensive, and of great photographic interest.
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.
Excerpt: Small light weight a great travel lens. I also have the Tameron 18-270 which is very similar. The Tameron has a faster auto focus and a slightly longer telephoto. The reason I got the Sony is the lens is less prone to extend by itself as you move around. You are obliged to lock the zoom on the Tameron and you don't really need to do that on the Sony. And when you lock the zoom, you can miss photo opportuniites as you fiddle around to unlock it.
Excerpt: I have a Sony A55. I've had this lens for about 2 weeks now and i'm generally happy with it's performance. I've observed that it has visible vignetting at the wide end, but it is easily correctable in Photoshop and is gone at about 24mm. I can see light softness at the telephoto end, but you really have to look at pictures at pixel level to see it.
Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, High Contrast, Low distortion, Sharp
Cons: Front heavy when zoomed, Screw driven autofocus, Zoom creep