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Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens

You Pay: $498.00
Product Highlights
  • 35mm Equivalent: 27-202.5mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • For Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Dual Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm

The 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens from Sony covers some very frequently used focal lengths between 18mm and 135mm. It is a Sony 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. That means its 18-135mm focal length is the 35mm equivalent of a longer 27-202mm telephoto zoom lens. It is constructed of 11 elements in 9 groups, with two aspherical elements and a single Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element, which all help to deliver sharp, clear photos throughout the zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.4' and a front-end filter diameter of 55mm.

Sony's Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows you to easily switch between AF and MF without even having to remove your eyes from the viewfinder. The lens also provides a smooth and quiet AF thanks to the Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) built into it, which also improves AF response when shooting moving subjects.

35mm Equivalent: 27-202.5mm
This 18-135mm lens has a 7.5x zoom factor, and is the 35mm equivalent of a 27-202.5mm lens on the cropped APS-C cameras it was designed for.
Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
In addition to the zoom range, the aperture varies along with the focal length as well: with f/3.5 to 5.6 at wide angles, and f/22 to 36 when zoomed in.
Optimized For APS-C Size / Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Optimized for Sony Alpha APS-C sensor cameras, the lens covers an outstanding 7.5x zoom range from 18-135mm, which is the 35mm equivalent of an 27-202.5mm lens.
Dual Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in to the 202.5mm equivalent focal length, the extra-low dispersion (ED) glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
Designed for fast, smooth and silent automatic focusing, Sony's unique Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. The AF control signals from the camera body are sent to the lens-mounted SAM unit, which drives the lens directly, helping to assure quick and accurate AF response.
Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
Direct Manual Focus (DMF), which includes functions previously offered mainly on Carl Zeiss, G and other high-performance lenses, allows users to quickly switch between AF (autofocus) and MF (manual focus) without removing their eyes from the viewfinder. This helps prevent missed opportunities due to focus lag or incorrect focusing.
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 from filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 135mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 202.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 1.42' (43.28 cm)
Magnification 0.25x
Elements/Groups 14/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3 x 3.5" (7.62 x 8.89 cm)
Weight 14.00 oz (397 g)
Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens
     
    5.0

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
    • Rugged (4)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Durable (3)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (3)
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        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Sony DT 18mm-135mm

      By Dick

      from Carmichael, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          This lens is worth the selling price and I recommend it to anyone requiring clear supper sharp photographs at every lens setting. Just the right lens for travel or in your own backyard.

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          5.0

          Very Fine Lens

          By rcbser

          from Omaha, Nebraska

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

            This is an excellent walk around lens. Fast, sharp focus, and excellent color. I bought this lens for my A65 and liked it so much I bought another one for my A77. I have used it basically for landscape and the photos are excellent. To me it is a bargain priced lens and more than worth the price.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By Lighthouse

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              I purchased to replace the original lens that came with my Alpha. I wish I had purchased this with the camera. Better optics, better focal lengths and better auto-focus. This uses an internal motor in place of the body-gear system of the original lens.

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              5.0

              Great walk-around utility lens

              By Geoff

              from SoCal

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                I purchased this with a Sony SLT-A57 package, and am glad I went this route rather than the 18-55 kit lens combo. The 18-135 is a very practical range, that balances well on the A57 body. Really good IQ. While not the fastest lens out there, at least on the A57, AFs very quickly and accurately. Great colors.

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