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Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens

B&H # SO1820035 Mfr # SAL18200
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Product Highlights
  • APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 27-300mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-40
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • 2x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • 3x Aspheric Glass Lens Elements
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5'
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm

The 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens from Sony is a DT-series Alpha lens that has been optimized for cropped image sensors, and as a result it is not recommended for use with larger full-frame cameras. Its optics have been optimized for a small diameter image circle in order to work with the APS-C size sensor used with digital SLR cameras. When used with a digital SLR camera, the equivalent focal length for this lens is 27-300mm.

It is constructed of 15 elements in 13 groups - two of them being Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and another three aspherical glass elements - which all help to deliver sharp, clear photos throughout the zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.5' and a non-rotating front-end filter diameter of 62mm, allowing you to use circular polarizing filters without difficulty.

Note! Not compatible with 35mm or "full-frame" digital SLR cameras (e.g. A900, film cameras)

APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 27-300mm
This 18-200mm lens has an 11x zoom factor, but its viewing angle becomes the 35mm equivalent of a 27-300mm lens when attached to the cropped APS-C cameras it was designed for.
Aperture Range: f/3.5-40
With a maximum aperture of f/3.5 and minimum of f/40 this lens' high speed means you can capture images in darker conditions using faster shutter speeds and lower ISO sensitivity.
Optimized For APS-C Size / DT-Format Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Intended for smaller, cropped Sony Alpha cameras, DT lenses employ an optical system that is specifically designed for digital cameras which incorporate an APS-C size image sensor.
2x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in, the extra-low dispersion glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
3x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.
Internal Focusing
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change, creating a lens that focuses more quickly and doesn't change balance.
7x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Filter Diameter: 62mm
The 62mm front filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 200mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22 - 40
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 76° - 8°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Magnification 0.27x
Elements/Groups 15/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.87 x 3.37" (7.3 x 8.56 cm)
Weight 14.29 oz (405 g)
Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • ALC-SH0008 Lens Hood for 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (4)
    • General purpose (3)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Landscape photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (3), Photo enthusiast (3)

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    5.0

    High quality product

    By Pierre from Paris

    from PARIS FRANCE

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      Everything is fine, optical quality is fine.
      Only one thing : why Sony has stopped the motorisation of zoom, as the old Minolta Xi range?

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      • No

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect match

      By Joel

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        Having purchased the Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A55 Digital Camera, I find this lens to be the perfect companion for almost all photography. It's light weight goes along with the camera's lighter weight to make it a perfect travel companion, and the lens with a true wide angle 28mm zooms to 300 mm to cover almost any photo situation.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect Upgrade -- Multipurpose lens

        By Sara

        from The Hague, Netherlands

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        - I wanted to upgrade the kit lens on my Sony Alpha 500; this was the perfect step-up!
        - I shoot mostly portraits and candid shots, but for travel I wanted a better lens for landscapes. This lens can do both. I even used it today for some spectacular shots of race horses! It's a great, versatile lens.

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Same quality as 18-250 at infinity

        By John

        from Texas

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Better value than 18-250
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I wrote the review just below and I want to correct what I've learned after extensive head-to-head testing of this lens against the Sony 18-250 which is supposed to be so much sharper. On a tripod, triggered by a cable, autofocused on a landscape at infinity, and camera settings the same, the Sony 18-200 produces sharpness that is EXACTLY THE SAME as the Sony 18-250 at all zooms. There is NO difference whatsoever in 100% crops. But since the 18-250 is often sharper at less than infinity, it must be that the autofocus on the 18-250 is superior at mid ranges. It's not the optics.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Versatile, but far from the sharpest.

        By John

        from Texas

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Affordable as only lens
        • Compact
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Pricey for its quality
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors with flash
        • Landscape Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        This is my only lens for a Sony Alpha 100. I've had them both for two years. I love not missing shots because I might have the wrong lens on the camera and I love not carrying around a camera bag. This lens is always the right length, or close enough to fix later.

        But since I do a lot of landscape and wildlife work, and even 200mm is not always enough to make a bird fill the frame, for example, I end up cropping and resizing afterward to enlarge it. 100% crops are always quite soft compared to pictures I see online taken with primes (although they are more expensive and less versatile). I've done enough research to prove the camera is not the problem, nor is the image stabilization introducing blur. Shots on a tripod with stab off are still soft. It's the lens. So I'm ordering a DT18250 to get the extra sharpness reviews say it has even though the 18-200 will not bring much on resale. Its lack of sharpness bothers me that much.

        But on the subject of lens creep, who cares? Yes, once in a while it creeps when walking along with the lens pointed down, which is an unnatural carry orientation I think. It balances at about thirty degrees off level and does not creep there. Regardless of that, who has arms so long that a lens creeping out an inch or two could cause it to scrape something?

        Another nice thing about this lens is freedom from sensor dust. The last time this lens was off my camera was two years ago when I put it on for the first time and you can't get the sensor dusty if you never change lenses.

        Focus is very slow compared to Nikon, for example, but it almost always works in three seconds or less even in quite low light. In very, very low light it sometimes will not lock at all... so I switch to Manual and focus it. It's not like life as we know it is over if we have to focus manually, is it? This is a slow lens for no-flash, indoor, very low-light work, but it will work if you hold your breath, maybe lean against something and do a little post-process work to brighten dark areas. I took about 200 pictures inside a plantation house on a dark, rainy day where flash was not allowed and about 3/4 of my pictures were fixable. So this is far from just an outdoor, sunny day lens. It just requires more work sometimes.

        All in all, if you mostly print and rarely crop, this lens will do you just fine as your only one. The only thing PhotoShop can't fix is its blurriness if you enlarge. If that's your game, this is the wrong lens.

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        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        For starters

        By Furqan

        from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Covers wide range
        • Sharp Focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Heavy
        • Noisy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I bought this glass as a replacement to the useless 18-70mm Kit lens for my Sony A300. Immediately I started noticing the sharpness in day light.

        I found this lens to be extremely useful for beginners (Me being one) as it is a multi-purpose lens covering Wide-Telephoto range. It should be the first upgrade for any entry level photographer. There is a learning curve to DSLR photography and this lens is the best to help you experiment and understand the physics.

        After using it extensively for a year and getting a good grip on the subject, I started to realize its limitations. First up it's Noisy! You will notice this when shooting indoor/low light conditions. Which brings to the second issue. Its Slow! with F3.5 it just manages to get decent results in low-light/indoor situations provided you have a steady hand and the subject is still.

        Having said that, it does an incredible job for day-light shooting. Image quality is far superior to the kit lens. If you are an entry level photographer with a kit lens, this is your next upgrade. However if you plan to use it for indoor/low-light photography, then you might want to look elsewhere or get an external flash.

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        4.0

        Bought for outdoor photography

        By Almo

        from Nashua, NH

        About Me Aspiring Outdoor photog, Parent, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Easy to use focus ring
        • Improves Picture Quality

        Cons

        • None at this time

        Best Uses

        • Close Up Filming
        • Macro Shots
        • Panoramic Filming
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I purchased the lens as an all purpose outdoor photog lens. I pricipally shoot land/sea scapes, flowers, birds in flight, etc. With this lens I see a definate improvement over the 70mm kit lens that came with the camera. I'm also quite happy with my "macro" flower shots. I didn't expect such clarity. It's in this area that the lens has exceeded expectations.

        • How long have you owned it:
        • One-to-three months

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