HANDS ON: Slightly more compact than comparable kit zooms from Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, it cast no shadow at any focal length when used with the A330's built-in flash. It sports Sony's Zeiss-inspired extra-fine ribbing on the zoom ring, which, like the manual-focusing ring, has a smooth and adequately damped turning action. Both rings are clad in rubber—unusual for a kit lens. Like most others in this class, however, the lens has no hood or distance and depth-of-field scales. Nor does it have a nonrotating filter ring, making some lens-mounted filters and accessories hard to use. On an A330 body, AF was fast, accurate, and virtually silent.