All pictures - Sony NEX-7 18-55mm kit zoom lens
Repeat after me:-
THE SONY E-MOUNT LENS MANTRA
All Sony e-mount lenses are rubbish. (Except for the Zeiss 24mm because thats....... well ITS ZEISS!)
Anything (everything) is better than a Sony e-mount lens.
They are soft, distorted nasty little things and should be put out of their misery ASAP.
If you buy one you are an idiot.
etc. etc. You know how it goes. Its repeated ad infinitum across the photographic internet. Usually of course by people who haven't used them.
The problem is that nobody told Sony about this.
Along with the 16mm f/2.8 pancake, the lens that comes in for a serious trashing every time anyone mentions it, is the 18-55mm kit zoom. I'm currently using the black one that came with my second NEX-7. This morning I was editing some pictures taken with it and yet again I'm really impressed by it.
Its actually very good, in fact I'd go further than that, its really excellent. Its sharp, processed in Photoshop CS6 it has NO, I'll repeat that, NO CA or fringing. Its sharp across the frame, unless its used wide open. it has excellent colour rendition and the IS system works a treat. Whats not to like?
I sold my previous two samples. Because I believed that the 18-200mm lens would be better and more useful. Well we all make mistakes I guess.
So the next time you read someone bashing this lens, remember that there is one lone voice in the wilderness, i.e. me, saying something different. But then what do I know? I just sell the pictures I take with it.
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