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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:49 pm 
My Sony A580 came with a SAL1855 lens, What do I use it on, or put it simply, how do I make the best use of this lens?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:52 pm 

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Tough call, I've heard that it's a popular paper-weigh.


I guess I shouldn't be so harsh on this lens as I don't own it. Looking at the reviews, other than it's cheap built (plastic mount) it appears to be sharp. ... IDLens=521

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:32 pm 
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18-55mm is a classic general-purpose range - you can use it for everything.

I always recommend people start with this lens as it will teach you what you want from your next lens - if at all. I know many people who are very happy with their 18-55mm and use nothing else!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:27 am 
The 18-55 is a sharp lens, and in your case will help you indoors in small spaces, and for wider landscapes and architecture. It has a good edge on your minolta which only starts at 28.

Once you start buying more lenses, you would want to replace it with a faster lens, I use a Tamron 17-50 2.8, which is more useful in low light.

I miss the light weight of the kit lens though.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:41 am 
I've borrowed my friends Nikon D40 in front of me it has the same spec as the Sony, but the Nikon is a lot smoother in the operation, where as you zoom in and out with the Sony and it feels gritty, I don't know if it's because it's new? I will take some photo's and put them in the lens gallery.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:36 pm 

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A kit lens can be a good tool to learn with - it's a basic wide range for scenics, landscapes, architecture, etc. It's also a nice alternative for lightweight travel. It's meant to be cheap, and light...some kit lenses are slightly better built than others. Most manufacturers have a very cheap plastic kit lens for their entry models, and sometimes a slightly up-built kit lens for their enthusiast models which might be part-metal construction, maybe a little faster, or with better glass design. Yours is a very basic, cheap kit lens, but that doesn't mean it's not capable of fine shots. Use it, learn with it, enjoy it, and as you get better you can move into other lenses that fulfill your needs...maybe you find you need more length, maybe you need more wide angle, maybe you need faster apertures, maybe you need a short or medium prime, maybe all of the above. The kit lens can help you figure all that out.

I bought my A550 without a lens, as I already had a collection built up - so I have no experience with the Alpha series kit lens. But I have an 18-55mm kit lens on my NEX, and I use it very often. I've got lots of manual lenses, fast primes, telephoto primes, etc, but it's still convenient to throw the 18-55mm on there for travel, all-purpose needs and casual shooting. I've used it at night, for landscape, for indoors, for performances, for wildlife - almost everything in a pinch.

Justin Miller
Sony DSLR-A68 / Sony 18-250mm / Minolta 50mm F1.7 / Tamron 150-600mm / Minolta 300mm F4 APO
Sony A6300 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / FE70-200mm F4 G OSS / FE70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:41 pm 
I saw Cinderella's Castle photos of yours and I got to say if I get half as good as those then I'm in for a Treat!

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