|DT||The lens is designed only for Sony APS-C digital SLR cameras.|
|SAM||The lens is equipped with micromotor to provide moderately fast and quiet autofocus.|
|II||Second version of the lens.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Sony DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 SAM II (SAL18552)||Feb 2013||⊗|
|Sony DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 SAM (SAL1855)||May 2009||⊗|
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|Diagonal angle of view:||76.3°-28.8° (Sony APS-C)
|Lens construction:||8 elements in 7 groups, including 2 ASPH, 1 ED|
|Closest focusing distance:||25 cm|
|Magnification ratio:||1:3 @ 55 mm at the closest focusing distance|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||7|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Micromotor (Minolta/Sony A)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø72 x 69 mm|
|Materials:||High-quality plastic barrel, plastic mount|
|Filter size:||55 mm|
The updated kit lens which according to the manufacturer was optimized for more comfortable shooting and is has better resistance to flares.
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, made of high-quality plastic. The lens mount is plastic.
The lens features AF/MF focus mode switch.
|AF||Autofocus mode with Direct Manual Focus.|
|MF||Manual focus mode.|
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 55 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
It should be noted that most lenses of the system have such diameter of the filter thread, that is why if you will purchase additional lens with similar focal length and/or speed, you probably will be able to share filters between them.
Aspherical elements (ASPH, XA) minimize spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
Low dispersion elements (AD, ED, LD, HLD, SD, UD etc) and fluorite elements minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
The filter thread ROTATES during focusing which does not allow convenient use such types of filters which require a specific orientation (f.e. polarizing and gradient).
It is one of a few Sony lenses equipped with Smooth Autofocus Motor which uses a special gear to allow the focusing ring to turn even in autofocus mode for DMF control.
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 472 KB|
Alternatives (AF, 15-62 mm)
|Sigma 18-50mm F/3.5-5.6 DC||2003||⊗|
|Sony DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 SAM (SAL1855)||2009||⊗|