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.

13 February 2014

Budget lenses, and those bundled as part of a kit aren't normally the ones that people will tend to get excited about. Although the specifications of this lens are pretty standard, it is capable of delivering very high quality images.

  • +

    Excellent sharpness in the centre of the frame throughout the zoom range, Good build quality, Lightweight, Effective optical stabilisation, Low distortion

  • -

    Sharpness toward the edges of the frame at 18mm

Lenstip com.34355424
15 March 2011

We were very curious about the results of the tested Sony E 18–55 mm f/3.5–5.6 OSS. After all it is the first NEX system kit lens and the only zoom model among two lenses currently available in this system.

  • +

    very good image resolution in the frame centre,, well-controlled chromatic aberration at the maximum aperture,, image stabilization at the level of 2EV,, good coma control.

  • -

    weak or momentarily very weak resolution on the edge of the frame,, bad work against bright light,, very high chromatic aberration at shorter focal lengths,, significant distortion,, noticeable vignetting at the widest angle of view.

Photozone de.34752480
22 August 2010

The Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is a decent "kit" zoom lens but it is, of course, not flawless. The image center is very sharp whereas the border/corner region is softer although still acceptable.

User Reviews
2 May 2017

Images a are clean and crisp. When in continuous autofocus, it constantly trues to focus the lens on my a6300 and you can hear it. None of my other lenses do that.

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.

  • +

    lightweight, precisely machined, sharp, good contrast

  • -

    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.

  • +

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

19 April 2017

It's good but... It's probably worth the price.

5 December 2016

I was looking for another lens for my camera, as the stock lens that originally came with the camera does not support the use of filters and is not the highest quality lens. After doing some research and reading reviews, I selected this one and am very happy.

22 November 2016

I purchased this lens twice. Once on the original SONY NEX-5 (purchased in 2011), and then in 2013 as a replacement for the original lens. The original lens cracked when the tripod on which the camera was mounted fell because a friend tripped over one of the tripod legs.

5 March 2016

I had this lens for over 3 years but hardly ever touched the camera because the pictures were so unimpressive; it's relatively sharp however poor image quality, lousy in low light and everything looks to be on the gray side.

7 February 2016

Sony has an interesting way of making lenses. Their lower end lenses are really low end and cheaply made. Their higher end lenses are excellent quality and very expensive. I haven't really found anything in the midrange that offers quality at a reasonable consumer price like Canon and Nikon or even...

25 January 2016

Delighted with the quality of this lens. It is never off my NEX7

21 January 2016

Works as advertised; basic lens but fully functional.

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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