Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for NEX Cameras (Silver)

Model #SEL1855

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Weight 6.84 oz (194 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.36" (62 x 60 mm)
Filter Thread 49 mm


Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 76° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.3x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
Diaphragm Blades 7
Elements/Groups 11/9
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
24 December 2011

This 3x zoom lens is the one normally bundled as part of a kit with Sony NEX cameras. As a result, it's normally pretty cheap to pick up separately, costing only £140. For that you get a compact lens with optical stabilisation. In this review, we'll take a look at how it performs.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
25 November 2015

This is the standard kit lens included with many of the Sony NEX cameras. It offers decent versatility, however, it is fairly slow and offers noticeable fringing and coma. Beware not to shoot anything too sharp with this, or in too low light without a tripod.

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    Easy To Use, Quality Construction

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    No Performance Improvement

24 August 2015

Lens works great but I can only give it three stars because the lens came with some sort of spot inside the lens that I cannot clean out. It's either a grain of sand or something. I realize that there way have been a risk in purchasing a used lens. Other than that works great.

2 September 2013

Sony should have never released this lens with the Nex 7. This is a cheapo lens that produces cheapo images and certainly isn't good enough for the sensor in either the Nex 7 or 6. I'm waiting for the new Zeiss 16-70

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    Not sharp, Poor Design

30 December 2012

I use the lens with the NEX-5N. In the normal range, around 24 to 40 mm, this lens competes well with prime lens I have from other excellent manufacturers. Typical of zoom lenses, the extremes are not quite as good, but fine for non-critical use.

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    lightweight, precisely machined, sharp, good contrast

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    too much pincushion at 55mm

Abt electronics.32817785
10 September 2010

Great camera. I have never had something like it. All I can say is amazing. The picture quality is awesame. I can capture just like I see with my own eyes, even in the dark place. This sounds so simple but not many manufacture have successfully done it. Thank you Sony!! I'm totally satisfying.

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    Compact Design, Easy To Use, Improves Picture Quality, Interfaces Well With Camcorder

Product Highlights
  • For Sony Alpha NEX Cameras
  • 27-82.5mm Range in 35mm Equivalent
  • Auto and Manual Focusing
  • Silent Autofocusing / Internal Motor
  • Extremely Lightweight (6.9 oz, 194g)
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 9.8" (0.25 m)
  • 11 Elements in 9 Groups / 4 Aspherical
  • 2.37" (6.0cm) Tall / 2.4" (6.2cm) Diam.
  • Uses 49mm Screw-In Filters
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In The Box
  • Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Silver)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • ALC-SH112 Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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