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Sony DT 18-250mm High Magnification Zoom Lens - SAL-18250

Abt Model: SAL18250 | UPC Code: 027242714274
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Internal Focusing System/ Sophisticated Multi-Element Design/ ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass/ Circular Aperture/ Black Finish
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Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Camera Lens, Model SAL18250

This long-telephoto Sony Zoom lens provides high magnification and a broad 14X zooming range in compact, lightweight design that makes it easy to carry -- and its 35mm-equivalent range of 27mm wide-angle to 375mm telephoto excels at capturing faraway subjects, sports events, dramatic landscapes and intimate close-up views.

Features:

  • Internal Focusing System
    Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change -- creating a lens that focuses more quickly and doesn’t change Balance
  • Sophisticated Multi-Element Design
    16 lens elements in 13 groups correct visual aberrations across the entire Zoom range and help reduce weight
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
    ED Glass lens elements minimize flare and greatly reduce chromatic aberration, giving you sharp, clear shots even at full telephoto extension
  • Circular Aperture
    Because Aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

Specifications:

  • Focal Length: APS: 18-250mm (35mm Equivalent: 27-375mm)
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1' 6" (45cm)
  • Magnification: x 0.29
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 13 groups, 16 elements
  • Distance Scale: Yes
  • Distance Encoder: Yes
  • Aperture (Max.): f/3.5 - 6.3
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22 - 40
  • Blades: 7 Aperture blades
  • Aspheric Elements: 3 aspheric
  • Lens Type: Standard Zoom

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 15.5 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts & Labor
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Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens
 
4.8

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      This Lens Hits it's Mark

      With the exception of the 18-55 kit lens I've shot only with Minolta glass, til now. After using this lens I will defiantly be looking to get more alpha lens' as my...Read complete review

      With the exception of the 18-55 kit lens I've shot only with Minolta glass, til now. After using this lens I will defiantly be looking to get more alpha lens' as my budget permits. I uploaded the pic of the duck to show the sharpness at long range as well as the colors you can reproduce with this lens. I don't how much the image will be shrunk but believe me the original is crisp. As for the color; this image is 100% as shot, no modifications were made. The second image is just an example of the bokeh this lens produces. So far bokeh is average to good, in my opinion. I have not taken a pic where the bokeh really impressed me nor have I taken one where the bokeh bothered me. Most often the bokeh has been pleasing. The auto focus has been great. Reasonably fast and very quiet compared to my old Minolta AF glass. Smoother and more quiet than the 18-55 kit lens as well. The grip is similar to the kit lens but slightly finer ribbing. It's comfortable but does seem to attract lint. I don’t particularly like the manual focus on this lens. The grip is fine, same grip as the zoom ring… but the rotation feels “gravely�. The good thing is I rarely go to the manual focus on this lens. I like the size and feel of the lens based on its 62mm size but it's a bit of an odd size which can lead to trouble finding filters... but you can get anything online. The weight is fine for a lens like this; sighter than my old Minolta 75-300. It takes less than a quarter turn to go from 18 all the way out to 250. So you can usually travel the whole length of the zoom without removing your hand, which is nice. The internal focus means that the filter ring does not turn when you zoom or focus which is nice for using circular polarizers. Ok for macro shooting but only in a pinch. At this point I still use the 18-55 kit or most of the time my old Minolta macro. Let me bottom line it... No better lens for alpha's if you want max range. It wont take the place of a quality macro or a 2.8 telephoto for long range, but if you want a one lens solution I don’t think you can do any better. All reviews place it ahead of the Sigma or Tamron versions in overall quality. After using it I'm glad I went with the Sony. Sony is great at starting where other companies leave off and making improvements to their versions. Last but not least, the balance is very nice with the zoom tube retracted or extended. I would have given this 4.5 stars for design but it only allows whole star ratings. Reliability... well it hasn't broken in the few weeks I've had it haha... and value.... I think all this stuff is too expensive so 4 stars. I'm OK with paying the extra 50-100 over the Sigma or Tamron. But since no VR in Sony lens' it would have been nice to see them price more competitively with other 18-250's.

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      autofocus with nex-5

      l have been using this lens for nearly 4 months and without autofocus having hard times.
      It is a take and go lens but without autofocus it is nothing.

      l have been using this lens for nearly 4 months and without autofocus having hard times.
      It is a take and go lens but without autofocus it is nothing.

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      5.0

      Great lens ... wish I'd discovered it earlier

      By Stuart

      from Overland Park, KS

      Pros

      • The range is fantastic, the size is excellent

      Cons

      • Does have a tendency to slide if you don't lock it

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

        I've only just bought this lens .... yes, I know I'm a bit late to the party but I'm already loving it. I bought my Alpha 300 a couple of years ago and I've been switching between the 18-70 lens that came with it (still a jolly good lens) and the 75-300 that I purchased shortly after. However when I'm travelling and likely to be in spots where changing the lens isn't ideal, this new 18-250 is just the job. It's compact and my initial pictures have been great - I can see why people were saying this is their 'default' or 'go to' lens. I've got to spend some more time using it but so far I'm delighted.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great All-Around High Zoom Lens, But!

        By Kevinzilla

        from Cheektowaga, New York

        Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

        This lens is great for all-around shooting and takes beautiful photo's in any lighting condition. However, I do notice "lens creep" (extracting/retracting) when taking photo's in a vertical position. This is probably normal with "high-zoom lenes" but very frustrating when shooting in an upward position. Other than that, this lens is highly recommended for the advanced photographer who wants an all-in-one high zoom lens without having to change lenses..

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        5.0

        Totally Awesome

        By The shooter

        from Atascadero, Ca

        About Me Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

            This lense is so neat, never have to switch lenses, perfect for the all around close up or distance. Very sturdy but less bulky and lighter than other comparable lenses. For the money you won't be disappointed.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Fast Delivery, customer service was very helpful

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Exactly what I ordered.

            By Bob

            from North Chesterfield, Virginia

            About Me Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

              Easy to use.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Very easy to order online. The delivery time was as expected.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent lens

              By AFAlex

              from Plano, TX

              Pros

              • Brings the action really close with very crop images. One lens does it all.

              Cons

              • None found ye; I've been using it for 4 months.

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

                I am a total amateur, shooting only on preset and automatic settings. I know, but you had enough reviews from experts, you need one from someone that understand very little about photography and only enjoys shooting pictures for fun. I have been able to get excellent pictures with my Sony Alpha 55 and this lens.

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                (9 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                autofocus with nex-5

                By khendekci

                from Ä+/--istanbul turkey

                Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

                l have been using this lens for nearly 4 months and without autofocus having hard times. It is a take and go lens but without autofocus it is nothing.

                Comment on this review

                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                autofocus with nex-5

                By khendekci

                from -istanbul turkey

                Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

                l have been using this lens for nearly 4 months and without autofocus having hard times.
                It is a take and go lens but without autofocus it is nothing.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BUY THIS LENS!

                By Surfman

                from San Diego, CA

                Pros

                • Great close ups
                • Great zoom
                • Super clear pictures

                Cons

                • n/a

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

                  I LOVE this lens. It zooms really well. I took great pictures from the stands at our high school football stadium (and it is a big one). I was in the box at the top of the stadium and got pictures that looked like I was on the field. Great close ups too. Worth the money.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent SAL telephoto zoom!

                  By Culchie

                  from NYC

                  Pros

                  • Fun to use
                  • good capture of images at all stops

                  Cons

                  • None so far

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

                    I purchased this lens to complete my A55 kit. I use a Sony Zeiss wide and zoom. However, the Sony Zeiss line has no long tele-zoom lens in its compliment. I am returning home to Ireland in a couple of weeks where winter's effects on the the mountains is magical. The SAL 18-250mm with an ND/Polarizer (for any ice or snow) will be a perfect lens to roam about with. Here in Manhattan, the tight compression (see image) of the tele at the 250mm position gives some interesting results. I am looking forward to playing with this lens in the countryside. Thanks, Sony!

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                    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice lens

                    By Roland

                    from Texas

                    Comments about Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

                    A picture says more than thousand words. Mounted on a Sony Alpha A55 Very pleased Roland

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