Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 21
Rated 5 out of 5
by PittsfieldDoug Superb tool!
I love this lens! I've had it six months now ... I am primarily an outdoor, nature, birds, landscapes .. photographer. I've had problems in the past with having to constantly change lenses (dust getting in the camera etc# .. This lens covers all my needs from 18mm to 250mm. Quality Quality Quality .. I'm very pleased with the photos this lens produces .. very little aberration I had been using a Tamron 70-300 and there is NO comparison ... the Sony is awesome. So far it has never let me down.
Cons? only ONE and that is Lens Creep .. other reviewers have mentioned it but it goes without saying . the lens lock only locks when fully retracted #18mm point# .. I solved the problem by stacking 3/8" rubber bands #5) in the space between the lens body and the A77 Shell .. just so that the rubber only 'touches' the zoom barrel .. I've had no problems with lens creep since.
For the price this lens is the BEST!
January 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Stuart Great lens ... wish I'd discovered it earlier
I've only just bought this lens .... yes, I know I'm a bit late to the party but I'm already loving it.
I bought my Alpha 300 a couple of years ago and I've been switching between the 18-70 lens that came with it (still a jolly good lens) and the 75-300 that I purchased shortly after. However when I'm travelling and likely to be in spots where changing the lens isn't ideal, this new 18-250 is just the job.
It's compact and my initial pictures have been great - I can see why people were saying this is their 'default' or 'go to' lens.
I've got to spend some more time using it but so far I'm delighted.
August 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by AFAlex Excellent lens
I am a total amateur, shooting only on preset and automatic settings. I know, but you had enough reviews from experts, you need one from someone that understand very little about photography and only enjoys shooting pictures for fun. I have been able to get excellent pictures with my Sony Alpha 55 and this lens.
July 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by dmitry very good lens
excellent in the bright light, doesn't focus in the low light,difficult to focus between 2 dark objects, except shooting in the low light, its perfect. Sharp at any range,nice colors, amazingly useful. you can do anything with just one lens.
December 5, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5
by Blackriver This Lens Hits it's Mark
With the exception of the 18-55 kit lens I've shot only with Minolta glass, til now. After using this lens I will defiantly be looking to get more alpha lens' as my budget permits. I uploaded the pic of the duck to show the sharpness at long range as well as the colors you can reproduce with this lens. I don't how much the image will be shrunk but believe me the original is crisp. As for the color; this image is 100% as shot, no modifications were made. The second image is just an example of the bokeh this lens produces. So far bokeh is average to good, in my opinion. I have not taken a pic where the bokeh really impressed me nor have I taken one where the bokeh bothered me. Most often the bokeh has been pleasing. The auto focus has been great. Reasonably fast and very quiet compared to my old Minolta AF glass. Smoother and more quiet than the 18-55 kit lens as well. The grip is similar to the kit lens but slightly finer ribbing. It's comfortable but does seem to attract lint. I don’t particularly like the manual focus on this lens. The grip is fine, same grip as the zoom ring… but the rotation feels “gravely”. The good thing is I rarely go to the manual focus on this lens. I like the size and feel of the lens based on its 62mm size but it's a bit of an odd size which can lead to trouble finding filters... but you can get anything online. The weight is fine for a lens like this; sighter than my old Minolta 75-300. It takes less than a quarter turn to go from 18 all the way out to 250. So you can usually travel the whole length of the zoom without removing your hand, which is nice. The internal focus means that the filter ring does not turn when you zoom or focus which is nice for using circular polarizers. Ok for macro shooting but only in a pinch. At this point I still use the 18-55 kit or most of the time my old Minolta macro. Let me bottom line it... No better lens for alpha's if you want max range. It wont take the place of a quality macro or a 2.8 telephoto for long range, but if you want a one lens solution I don’t think you can do any better. All reviews place it ahead of the Sigma or Tamron versions in overall quality. After using it I'm glad I went with the Sony. Sony is great at starting where other companies leave off and making improvements to their versions. Last but not least, the balance is very nice with the zoom tube retracted or extended. I would have given this 4.5 stars for design but it only allows whole star ratings. Reliability... well it hasn't broken in the few weeks I've had it haha... and value.... I think all this stuff is too expensive so 4 stars. I'm OK with paying the extra 50-100 over the Sigma or Tamron. But since no VR in Sony lens' it would have been nice to see them price more competitively with other 18-250's.
November 25, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by Photograpa99 Sony 18-250mm
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.
July 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
by Kevinzilla Great All-Around High Zoom Lens, But!
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. Other than that, this lens is highly recommended for the advanced photographer who wants an all-in-one high zoom lens without having to change lenses..
July 28, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by Durnik Quite the glass!
This lense was part of a kit buy with the A65. I have used this lense and some of my old Minolta glass with the A65 and this lense does NOT pale in comparison. Even though it isn't a Zeiss lense and not sure how much better a Sony G lense might be, this one with it's wide breadth of 18 to 250 does well. I do notice some lense creep when the camera is at severe anlges and can be frustrating when trying to accomplish HDRs. There is some abberation on the edges when zoomed out or high contrast. The first image below is a pan image from the A65 - these are a lower res since it is a pan shot. The second image with the plants and butterfly will show what the clarity of the images can be. I do agree that a mild highpass filter in PS helps these images if real crispness is needed but for the money this lense is great. I had the panoramic shot printed at 30" at a print house on a high end printer and have had two pro photographers compliment the A65 and this lense. Not bad since they use Zeiss lenses and have the high end Canons. I would rate this 5 stars for the lense it self but in regards to other lenses out there I know it isn't the top. The focusing isn't the quickest but it finds the subject and is a little loud when doing so.
January 3, 2014