Excerpt: I'm an amateur and maybe this isn't a high end lens, but I have really enjoyed using it for several years. I got it with a NEX5 but now use it with my a6000. It is a handy lens to have when I don't feel like carrying all of my other lenses around.
Summary: After using this lens for several years, I've always been amazed at how sharp the photos are, across all zoom ranges and apertures. This is just a kit lens - it shouldn't be that sharp - but it is.
Summary: When I got my NEX VG20 I only had the body. My next few lenses were prime without stabilization. These provide great results on a tripod. Then I got the Metabones adapter to put my 18-270 Tamron on the NEX, and I got stabilization but no autofocus during video shooting. So when I bought this 18-55mm OSS lens, my VG20 camera felt like a camcorder for the first time. Now, mind you, this is a 3.5 lens, you cannot use it to film in pitch dark, say, in a nightclub.
Summary: Lovely lens Sony SEL 18-55 well suited for landscapes, portraits and genre shooting. Good color, almost needs no correction. Quickly the sharpness. Recommend to those who still does not have this lens.
Summary: I got this for a little more than 100$. The reason I got it is probably the price, since I already have the 16-50 that came with the NEX6, I didn't really need this one. I got it so I could test out the image quality and overall usability of the lens. I must say that it outperforms the 16-50 in terms of image quality and speed (also boot and shut down speed). But the 16-50 beats it in terms of mobility and portability.