Your new favorite lens
Why will this lens leave a space in your camera bag? Because, with its versatility, you'll be happy to have it on the front of your camera most of the time. It's got a wide aperture and a generous wide-angle field of view, plus it zooms to a useful medium-telephoto length that will give you flexibility with isolating focus in all your close-ups. Backgrounds will blur nicely, allowing your subjects to command the frame. At full wide-angle, you'll be able get that shot of the mountain peak you conquered on your vacation this year with the whole crew waving in the foreground.
This Sony lens features sealed dust- and moisture-resistant construction, so it's ready for a bit of rough-and-tumble. That's a fine thing, given how much you'll want to use it. Of course, it has responsive and near-silent autofocus, so video shooting will be a breeze. And, like most of its cousins, this lens features extra-low dispersion glass and aspheric elements for sharp, clear color fidelity from edge to edge through the entire zoom range.