After much excitement due to Amazon blowing the delivery date, I finally got this lens in my hands. Unfortunately I am not at my home so can't check it in RAW. But in JPEGs - it is not 18mm !!! Yes. The copy I have has the same field of view (at widest setting) as my Sigma 19/2.8, visibly narrower than Sony 18-55 kit. I did several test shots off a tripod, to keep camera in same spot. Per specs, at widest 18-105 is 77.4 deg, 18-55 is 76 deg and Sigma 19 is 74 deg. Somehow I am losing that 3.4 deg. At first I blamed in-camera jpeg (I am traveling and don't have access to raw). But the distortion at 18mm should be close to 18-55, I think it's worst at long end for this lens. So, I called Sony and they are saying it's absolutely not an expected behavior for this lens; it is supposed to be very close to the kit at 18mm. I have arranged for Amazon to exchange it. On the good side... well everything else so far is good about it. It's large, especially with hood attached, but still fits in any of the two small camera bags I own (I brought both with me). With hood backwards, I have space for 2nd lens as long as it's not the Beercan. It's light. Lighter than I expected, and balances well on Nex 6. Power zoom via zoom ring is not nearly as bad as I've expected. Good, actually. I hated 16-50 feel. This one feels just like any other lens, you don't have to use the side lever button unless you shoot video. MF focus override feel & function is the best of any Sony lens I used. You tend to forget it's a 'by-wire'. At f4 in relatively dim light, the SOOC JPEGS at ISO1600 and below look good. At f5.6 the sharpness really kicks in. Autofocus in dim light is not too fast, but not slow either. About same as Sigma primes, I'd say. All in all, I like the lens and it's definitely a keeper for me - but not this particular specimen. I wouldn't care at all if it was 5mm on the long end, but 1mm on the wide end is a lot to give up.