Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
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Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS: 21 facts and highlights

1. Has full-time manual focus

With full-time manual focus you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (auto focus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
61% have it

2. widest aperture at maximum focal length

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

3. Front element doesn't rotate

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
62% have it

4. Can focus to infinity

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
62% have it

5. minimum focus distance

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

6. has built-in optical image stabilization

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
37% have it

7. Has focus motor

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
91% have it

8. minimum focal length

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.

9. Has a metal mount

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
94% have it

10. Is a normal lens

A normal lens is one that doesn't fall into another category such as wide angle or telephoto, and typically has a focal length between 35mm and 70mm. These lenses aren't tailored towards a specific type of photography, and so are quite versatile.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
27% have it

11. maximum focal length

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.

12. minimum angle of view

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

13. maximum angle of view

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).

14. aperture blades

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

15. Has rounded aperture blades

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
74% have it

16. magnification

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

17. widest aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

19. Includes lens hood

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
57% have it

20. has a silent focus motor built into the lens

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
39% have it

21. optical zoom

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

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