Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20
Rated 5 out of 5
by DrCrittendon 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 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
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 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