Summary: I bought this lens for my father, who uses an A37 Sony Camera (A-mount). He is satisfied with its performance. He was using the default 18-55mm lens before I got him the reviewed item, and he has seen a difference when taking photos with this lens. It has a fair price, compared to the uber-professional lenses you can find for the Alpha series. For an amateur photographer, this lens is a good investment and a fair improvement.
Sony SAM lense affordable and capable of good IQ if you learn how to use it
18 June 2013
Summary: The new range of Sony's standard "kit" lens with SAM are fantastic for their price, granted they will not give you the IQ of a G or Zeiss but in the right conditions and hands, they can certainly come very close. When I travel with my A57, the SAL 1855,55200,50/1.8 and 35/1.8 SAMs are always in my bag, helps a great deal that they are so light and affordable, which offsets the plasticky and not so solid build of the lense.
Summary: It is a light, compact lens. I bought it for every day use although I'll use the 18 - 70mm for close-ups but not macro work. I'm taking this lens with me on a tour of the UK and Europe and will see how it manages in varying climates and different light conditions.
Summary: An excellent made-in-Japan lens for an amateur who does not need a big, heavy and expensive pro-oriented lens but, on the other hand, is looking for something more advanced than a simple point-and-shoot palm-sized digital camera.