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Sony SEL1855

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Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS SEL1855 review by dugong5pm

dugong5pm, slrgear.com
11 November 2013
  • Summary: a decent kit lens. has a beautiful finish & comes with a hood. a so-so performer, but it's ok as a kit lens. sits mostly in the drybox though..
  • Pros: good finish, small & lightweight
  • Cons: so-so performance
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Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS SEL1855 review by Ocean

Ocean, slrgear.com
30 December 2012
  • Summary: i experienced with silver and black Versions - the black ones are by far better - optical (but only with Nex 7) - maybe selected. it's not very small but I like it a lot more then my new 16-50 mm pancake. After 18 months it is better then expected and with the new AF from Nex 6 - most pics are now sharp. Not so good with Nex 5n or Nex 3.
  • Pros: solid, good hood, sharp in black version
  • Cons: large
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Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS SEL1855 review by brugj03

brugj03, slrgear.com
4 November 2012
  • Summary: I got this lense as a kit lens with my body and kept it for video and OSS functionality. This is my least used nex lens, it`s practical for video shooting but foto`s show the apparent flaws of this nice kit lens. It`s as slow as any kit so nothing special there. It`s just not sharp enough to resolve the resolution of the nex 7 or any other nex. It still makes nice pictures if you are not that critical and print small. The colors are nice and natural.
  • Pros: Very nice aluminium design, versatile also for video and good OSS
  • Cons: Soft, mediocre contrast,slow
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Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS SEL1855 review by Beachrider

Beachrider, slrgear.com
11 April 2012
  • Summary: Nice starter lens for NEX. CDAF functions VASTLY improve after NEX3 firmware 5.0 (different numbers for each NEX). Still not for fast-action photos, though. Good for basic NEX video, too.
  • Pros: Metallic construction, good IQ, useful zoom range, reasonable cost, quiet/small/light, consistent with NEX small-camera motif.
  • Cons: Somewhat lower IQ than Alpha version, MF isn't 'direct', not very fast fstop
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Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS SEL1855 review by Rover

Rover, slrgear.com
9 December 2011
  • Summary: Today even the kit lenses are (mostly) decent performers and this lens is no exception. My wife has it on her NEX-3 but I'm using this camera sometimes as well - enough to make an impression. The build quality is very good; the only (minor) reasons that prevent me from giving it a "10" are the slightly wobbly plastic inner tube, the slippery metal of the rings that sometimes makes them difficult to turn (esp.
  • Pros: fast and silent AF, decently sharp, great build quality
  • Cons: poor (but better than average in class) aperture, somewhat awkward to MF, visible distortion at 18mm
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Overall 10

Great Lens

Abe, J&R
22 July 2010
  • Summary: The lens is great, another amazing product from SONY. [...
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged
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Overall 10

Lens review

29 October 2013
  • Summary: This lens works very well.. Give me the ability to get the pics required. I will order the lens that will be complete from short range to long distance.
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Overall 10

18-55mm kit lens

ceri-reviews, Amazon
28 December 2012
  • Summary: If for sone reason you chose to get a different lens when you bought your nex e.g. The 16mm this is a great addition to your kit. Beautifully built. Great sharpness from 18+mm good focus speed. I use this lens lots for general photography as its nice and compact soon I will get the 18-200mm however I expect I will still use this for portraits (which it is great at) overall this a great lens Any questions please ask
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Overall 10

Sony NEX series 18-55mm Lens

Keith S, Amazon
4 August 2012
  • Summary: My lens arrived as stated by the supplier. I found the lens to do all as claimed by Sony. However I ordered a "NEW" lens. I did not receive a new lens. No manufacturers packaging. Rear lens cap missing and a substitute cannon cap. Which does not fit. Held in place with an elastic band. Not very nice.
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Overall 4

Very average consumer lens

A. Jones "arkid", Amazon
21 January 2012
  • Summary: I took this lens on various trips and really regret it now as some of my pictures are really incredibly low quality as a result of the lens. Specifically, its softening of the image around the edges when the lens is at the shorter focal lengths. After some tests it seems to be that its shooting at low f-stops that causes this.
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