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

Abt Model: SAL18250 | UPC Code: 027242714274
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Retail Price $649.00
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Internal Focusing System/ 27-375mm (35mm Equivalent)/ 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
  • 35mm Equivalent: 27-375mm

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 15.5 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts & Labor
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CompatibilitySony
TypeTelephoto Zoom
Filter Size62mm
  

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Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

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    (26)

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    (2)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

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No 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

I have this lens attached ...

By 

from Monterey County, CA, USA

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

I have this lens attached to my camera all the time, everyday inside my bag. I am more of a historian/memory keeper than a photographer, taking photos in an Auto mode and Sony delivers my need. I need a camera that take photos as I see them with my eyes at the right moment and watch them come alive in my camera. Sony gives that most of the time. This lens pairs perfectly with the A58. I love taking photos and sharing them. I share them all the time in my Facebook account and page, Loving Monterey County - https://www.facebook.com/LovingMontereyCounty?fref=photo

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5.0

Superb tool!

By 

from Pittsfield, MA

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

I love this lens! I've had it six months now ... I am primarily an outdoor, nature, birds, landscapes .. photographer. I've had problems in the past with having to constantly change lenses (dust getting in the camera etc# .. This lens covers all my needs from 18mm to 250mm. Quality Quality Quality .. I'm very pleased with the photos this lens produces .. very little aberration I had been using a Tamron 70-300 and there is NO comparison ... the Sony is awesome. So far it has never let me down. Cons? only ONE and that is Lens Creep .. other reviewers have mentioned it but it goes without saying . the lens lock only locks when fully retracted #18mm point# .. I solved the problem by stacking 3/8" rubber bands #5) in the space between the lens body and the A77 Shell .. just so that the rubber only 'touches' the zoom barrel .. I've had no problems with lens creep since. For the price this lens is the BEST!

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4.0

Quite the glass!

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from Wa

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

This lense was part of a kit buy with the A65. I have used this lense and some of my old Minolta glass with the A65 and this lense does NOT pale in comparison. Even though it isn't a Zeiss lense and not sure how much better a Sony G lense might be, this one with it's wide breadth of 18 to 250 does well. I do notice some lense creep when the camera is at severe anlges and can be frustrating when trying to accomplish HDRs. There is some abberation on the edges when zoomed out or high contrast. The first image below is a pan image from the A65 - these are a lower res since it is a pan shot. The second image with the plants and butterfly will show what the clarity of the images can be. I do agree that a mild highpass filter in PS helps these images if real crispness is needed but for the money this lense is great. I had the panoramic shot printed at 30" at a print house on a high end printer and have had two pro photographers compliment the A65 and this lense. Not bad since they use Zeiss lenses and have the high end Canons. I would rate this 5 stars for the lense it self but in regards to other lenses out there I know it isn't the top. The focusing isn't the quickest but it finds the subject and is a little loud when doing so.

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5.0

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

By 

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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    4.0

    Great All-Around High Zoom Lens, But!

    By 

    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 

    from Atascadero, Ca

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    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 

        from North Chesterfield, Virginia

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        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

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent lens

          By 

          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 

            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.

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            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            autofocus with nex-5

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            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.

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