Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens

Model #SAL18552

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.82 x 2.72" (71.6 x 69 mm)
Filter thread Front: 55 mm
Weight 7.83 oz (222 g)


Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Magnification 0.34x
Diaphragm blades 7
Minimum focus distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Angle of view 77.4° - 29.4°
Focal length 18 - 55 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format compatibility APS-C
Groups/elements 7/8


Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Imaging resource.34355410
19 August 2013

For a kit lens, the Sony performs quite well - fairly sharp wide open at 18mm, reaching its best performance when stopped down to Æ’/5.6 or Æ’/8. As kit lenses go it's fairly standard.

User Reviews
26 October 2015

Get a product review between this product and the Tamron 75 - 300 millimeter lens. The Sony 18-250 millimeter lens far surpassed in quality clarity and ease of use. The only con is that there is lens creep if you don't like the lens in the 18 millimeter position.

Imaging resource.34355410
15 October 2013

The old 18-55 SAM kit lens was a very good performer, I tested this Mk 2 on a A37 and its even better with new SD glass and reduced flare problems. The image quality is superb, and colours that only Sony seem to get right.

  • +

    Superb image quality and very neat and compact

  • -

    Rather poor and cheap plastic construction, but no worse than others brands

20 August 2016

I only wish it had greater zoom

6 June 2016

I purchased a brand new Sony SLT A58 complete with this lens. After realising that the other lenses offered by sony as kit sets included a lens hood as standard I found that the lens itself is fine but to my dismay a decent ("flower" or shaped) reversible lens hood which fastens to the bayonet...

28 March 2016

This came with my A58 three lens pack, it is quick to focus and superior to the DT 18-70, and the DT 18-55 SAM I. The results are great with no noticeable low points. In times of low light it is inferior to my DT 50 prime lens but that is tone expected!

26 January 2016

This revision II (SAL1855-2) much better (sharpness, colors, etc.) than first lens SAL1855. Pretty good.

22 October 2014

I purchased this to replace an earlier version of the same lens (SAM 18-55) because the zoom used to stick and it could not be used for video. A basic design fault that was well known!! This one was soft due to condensation build up. After a couple of days it cleared and is now OK.

8 September 2014

Bought it along with an A58 to use on my A55 (and was going to keep a long zoom on the A58 body), unfortunately my A55 suddenly stopped working, will not take photos although very occasionally it comes to life and shows the parameters display, shows focus points, but no shutter release and no view...

16 June 2014

Very surprised with this lens. Kit lens tend to get put down because..well..they are a kit lens and 99% of the time they deserve to. But this one is an exception. This lens is amazing outside and even with the limited 3.5 aperture it is still very snappy.

3 June 2014

This kit lens impressed me when I first bought my SONY A57. Lightweight, with a decent zoom, a medium f-stop range yet with the ability to transmit a goodly amount of light to the sensor.

Product Highlights
  • Sony Alpha Mount for APS-C Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27-82.5mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • One ED and Two Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor
  • Rear Lens Element Shade Reduces Flare
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Aperture
In The Box
  • Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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