Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II is an Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom
lens with APS-C / DX max sensor coverage and it is designed to be used with Sony Alpha mount cameras.
Sony replaced the older Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models: Compare Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II vs Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount with Same Focal and Aperture Range
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II is compatible with cameras that have Sony Alpha
lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras with Sony Alpha lens mount are Sony A68
, Sony A77 II
and Sony A58
Max sensor coverage of Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II is APS-C / DX
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II has a focal range of 18-55mm and 3.1X zoom ratio.
Optical Image Stabilization
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II features Rotary (extending)
zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.34x
and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.25m
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f3.5 and a minimum aperture of f at 18mm, and a max aperture of f5.6 and minimum aperture of f at 55mm .
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II's optical formula consists of 8 elements in 7 groups.