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SONY ALPHA DT 18-250 F3.5-6.3 ZOOM LENS

Web Code: 568SON006  •  Mfr Code: SAL18250
SONY ALPHA DT 18-250 F3.5-6.3 ZOOM LENS
Only $799.99 CAD
SONY ALPHA DT 18-250 F3.5-6.3 ZOOM LENS is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
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Product Highlights
  • High Magnification Zoom Lens
  • Compact, Lightweight Design
  • Internal Focusing System
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  • High Magnification Zoom Lens
  • Compact, Lightweight Design
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Filter Diameter - 62mm
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
  • 14X Zooming Range
  • Circular Aperture:
  • When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred
  • This 'bokeh' effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens
  • Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light
  • Alpha lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops
  • Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result
  • Aspherical lens elements:
  • Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight
  • Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane
  • This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses
  • Specially shaped "aspherical" elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion
  • Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight
  • Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery
  • AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass:
  • As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution
  • ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings
  • Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration
  • Distance encoder:
  • The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene
  • Internal focusing:
  • Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change
  • Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance
  • Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you're using a polarizing filter
 
 

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Digital SLR Lenses
Focal Length: 18-250mm
Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-6.3
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/3.5-6.3, Min: f/22-40
Camera Mount Type: Sony A
Camera Format: APS-C
Angle of View: 76-6 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.45m
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.29x
Groups/Elements: 13 Groups/16 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 7

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: No
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: No

Physical

Filter Thread: 62mm
Dimensions (DxL): 3.0x3.4"
Weight: 440g

Additional Information

Warranty: 2 year manufacturer warranty (if purchased in Canada)
 
 
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite the glass! 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.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens ... wish I'd discovered it earlier 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.
Date published: 2012-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great All-Around High Zoom Lens, But! 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..
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent 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.
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2011-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUY THIS 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.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent SAL telephoto zoom! 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!
Date published: 2011-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice lens A picture says more than thousand words. Mounted on a Sony Alpha A55 Very pleased Roland
Date published: 2011-01-21
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