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Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • 35mm Equivalent: 27-300mm
  • For Sony Alpha NEX Cameras
  • Optical SteadyShot Stabilization
  • Silent Autofocusing / Internal Motor
  • Single Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Lens
  • Dual Aspherical Lens Elements
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades

The 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras from Sony is significantly smaller and lighter than comparable lenses, and is a high magnification zoom lens perfect for a wide range of shooting situations with Sony's NEX mirrorless cameras or handycam camcorders. With a compact size, achieved in part by downsizing the autofocus motor and optical image stabilization unit, the lens offers a powerful mix of versatility and image quality. This is perfect for shooting where a light, compact camera and lens combination is ideal.

With the broad focal length coverage of the lens, from 18mm wide angle to 200mm telephoto, it is also an ideal high-magnification "travel" lens. With it, you can capture grand landscapes, charming portraits, and even sports and nature shots. Optical SteadyShot (OSS) technology aids in this by cutting down on blur caused by camera shake, reducing the reliance on high ISO settings when shooting in dark environments.

18-200mm Long 11x Zoom
The broad focal length coverage of the lens, from 18mm to 200mm, makes it an ideal high-magnification "travel" lens for a wide range of photography. With the 35mm equivalent of a 27-300mm lens, users can easily capture wide open landscapes, portraits with softly blurred backgrounds, and more. The telephoto capability of the lens makes it a good option for sports and nature photography as well
High imaging performance
With two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements, the lens employs the same popular, circular aperture found in many A-lenses, enabling backgrounds to have beautifully round, defocused bokeh effects
Optical SteadyShot Stabilization
Equipped with Sony's Optical SteadyShot (OSS), the lens itself compensates for blur caused by camera shake no matter what camera it is attached to. In addition to reducing blur for normal handheld photography, Optical SteadyShot also reduces reliance on high ISO settings when shooting in dark environments
Compatibility
This lens is compatible with all Sony Alpha NEX cameras and NEX Handycam camcorders
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 (E Mount for NEX)
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (45.72 cm)
Magnification 0.27x
Elements/Groups 17/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 3.8" (6.86 x 9.65 cm)
Weight 16.3 oz (462 g)
Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras
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    Sony18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras
     
    4.0

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (9)
    • Consistent output (6)
    • Durable (6)
    • Easily interchangeable (5)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Travel Star

    I wanted a lightweight, compact, versatile, good quality camera and lens to use when I didn't want to lug around my big system. I found the camera in the Sony NEX 5N and...Read complete review

    I wanted a lightweight, compact, versatile, good quality camera and lens to use when I didn't want to lug around my big system. I found the camera in the Sony NEX 5N and I found the lens in the new 18-200mm. Is it super sharp? No, but pretty darn good. Is it blazing fast? No, but it is adequate. Fits on-camera in a small case light enough to wear on a belt and have with you all the time. If you find yourself not taking your gear because of the size/weight/hassle, take a look at this combination (although I'm sure this lens will be a great addition to any e-mount camera).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as good as the original.

    This lens is not close to the original Sony in performance. The AF is slower and at times non existing with low light. Tried both side by side for three days.
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    This lens is not close to the original Sony in performance. The AF is slower and at times non existing with low light. Tried both side by side for three days.

    Worst part is the softness at the 200 end. Very soft in the center. Did not run any tests with corner sharpness for either.

    Size wise is so close to the original that can't see how it would make a difference getting this one over the other. About same price, two ounces heavier and same length.

    Hope this helps with your decision
    Regards
    al

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    4.0

    Worthy Addition

    By TonyK

    from Santa Monica

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

      In the world of super zoom this is better than most. Yes it grows to absurd lengths and yes it is slow but no worse that the other comparable on the market.

      Images are crisp, sharp (relative to what the limitations of this type of lens are) and the IS works well.

      It also is amazingly light and well balanced.

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      5.0

      Perfect travel Lense

      By Useppa

      from Boston

      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

      This is my go-to Lense. When traveling, minimizing gear is a must. I travel internationally about 4 months out of the year. After years of constantly changing lenses, I've found that this 18-200 and a super wide angle is all that I need. I couldn't be happier.

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      4.0

      Good quality, slow focusing

      By Dotpixels

      from Reno, Nevada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

      I bought this lens for my new little take everywhere Sony A6000, which has been quite impressive as a camera you can throw in the car, a backpack, or your purse, and pull it out to shoot at a moments notice. The quality of the images taken with this lens is great, but it tends to search a lot, and sometimes won't even focus. I've just started using it, so maybe it's just me, but the lag time doesn't make me happy.
      When Sony finally makes a Zeiss lens to go with this camera, specifically one that will go from wide angle to super telephoto, I'm in. Because there's nothing else available in this size, I would recommend it to someone who needs a travel camera, and doesn't want to carry more than one lens.

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      4.0

      Convenient walk-around lens

      By Gary

      from Bay Area, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Too Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Dog Park
      • Travelvacation
      • Travel-vacation

      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

      This is a nice-looking, nice-performing, easy-to-carry companion for my a6000.

      This is not for protraiture or fine-detail work. This is for taking with you to the zoo, amusement park, dog park, vacation, etc.

      Depending on your model NEX/Alpha, it may not be good for low-light/indoors, as it drops quickly from its maximum f3.5 as you zoom. (I don't have that much issue with the a6000, a pretty decent low-light performer.)

      It is as good as or better than any of the newer "superzoom" APS-C and mirrorless lenses out there, such as the latest Sigma 18-200 |C or Lumix 14-140 II.

      It works well with the NEX/Aplha hybrid AF. It's quiet for video (Although, you may prefer the PZ version, if that is your main use.) And, with the built-in lens correction of the a6000, I do not see any CA, and only a little bit of distortion at the wide end and for close shots.

      The biggest con is the price. Similar lenses for Canon/Nikon from Sigma and Tamron are half the price! Even the Lumix equivilent is ~100 cheaper.

      But, e-mount apparently demands a premium compared to other systems, as the Tamron version of this for e-mount is around the same price as the Sony. (and the Sony version is rumored to be a re-brand of the Tamron, which it certainly bears a striking resemblance to.)

      I do recommend it, despite it's high price tag, as it is really the best way to enjoy your e-mount camera in a sightseeing environment.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      perfect

      By willumpie

      from netherlands

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

      nothing to add, plain good

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      • No

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      4.0

      Expensive but convenient

      By Dan

      from Boston

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Traveling

          Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

          I was looking for one lens that would allow me to travel light and cover wide angle and zoom. I am casual user so I am not sure if the performance of the lens is the best, but it suites my needs very well and I get really great pictures outdoors. Indoors I need a flash because the f starts at 3.5 (I have another f1.8 for indoor use). I was slightly disappointed from the videos I took because there is no stabilizer (I think there is a different lens that does but it was heavier and bulkier).

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          No Choice But No Complaints

          By Chenpai

          from Stamford, CT

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

            I have the NEX-6. Got tired of missing shots swapping between wide and tele zooms in dynamic environments. Wanted a zoom to cover the range and since I don't shoot video I don't need the PZ model (which is larger, heavier, and more expensive) this was the only option.

            That said, it is a quality lens (as I would expect from Sony) with sturdy construction and a smooth zoom ring. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because the focus ring is electronic, not mechanical, so I have no way to find infinity in darker scenarios where the AF hunts and fails.

            Note: I am a casual user and am not 100% sure my last comment on the focus ring is accurate and there could be a way to find infinity I am not aware of. Otherwise I am perfectly happy with this lens, recommend it to others, and have lots of fun with it.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            the all-arounder

            By Matthew

            from Yakima, WA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

              I enjoy the flexibility of this lens. I own the equivalent lens for Nikon before adding the NEX-7 to my arsenal. Not stellar in any particular setting but good enough for a wide range. I carry this and the wide angle 10-18mm to cover the whole range while traveling.

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              (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not as good as the original.

              By Al

              from Coral Gables, Fl

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Travel And Casual Use

                Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                This lens is not close to the original Sony in performance. The AF is slower and at times non existing with low light. Tried both side by side for three days.

                Worst part is the softness at the 200 end. Very soft in the center. Did not run any tests with corner sharpness for either.

                Size wise is so close to the original that can't see how it would make a difference getting this one over the other. About same price, two ounces heavier and same length.

                Hope this helps with your decision
                Regards
                al

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                • No

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Disappointed

                By Fabs

                from Coral Gables, Florida

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                  My husband was using the older version of this lens, and this one, although lighter, does not compare. It handles rough, is not sharp at the longest focal length and is not sharp at infinity either. Will be exchanging for the previous version (really made by Sony).

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent lens

                  By Martin

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                      * Superb picture quality
                      * Excellent walk around lens (from macro to tele)
                      * lightweight
                      * compact
                      * good travel lens

                      No regrets so far. Pleased to see good quality lens for E mount....

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                      • No

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                      (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      OK... but

                      By Artichoke

                      from Princeton, NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Awkward image distortions

                      Best Uses

                      • Long end of the zoom rang

                      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                      This is the newer, slightly smaller and lighter version of the 18-200. I expected it to be terrific.

                      BUT..., for a relatively expensive lens, there ought to be less distortion--especially at the lower end of the zoom range. At the longer focal lengths it is quite good and I have some splendid images at the max of 200mm (300 equiv on NEX 7).

                      Since it is sometimes the case that there is product variation, I am thinking it will make sense to bring this back to B&H and compare with other versions of the same lens and see if it's possible to find a better one and get a replacement.

                      Why SONY doesn't make a deal with Zeiss for a super high quality zoom is beyond me. The Zeiss zoom lens on my new RX100 is superb--no distortions; no barreling or pincushion.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good Lens for Sony NEX7

                      By Raltm

                      from Wheeling, WV

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                      I wanted a lens that I could use in most occasions and found it in the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras. I have been using it for a couple of weeks and find that it does a good job in taking photos. It is a little slow to focus in some situations, but otherwise, I am very happy with the lens. I have used it at wedding, taking landscape and for wildlife, such as birds, butterflies, and insects.

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                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Much better with the old stock lens

                      By NatureMan

                      from Tallahassee, FL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                        Put this lens on the Sony FS-100 to replace the stock lens. The focus is faster, has a better feel on the focus and is shorter. Wish these lens would not have an extending barrel. Makes this difficult for the matte box.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Travel Star

                        By Datestreet

                        from Pine Island, Florida

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Good build
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice range

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • All around travel lens

                        Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                        I wanted a lightweight, compact, versatile, good quality camera and lens to use when I didn't want to lug around my big system. I found the camera in the Sony NEX 5N and I found the lens in the new 18-200mm. Is it super sharp? No, but pretty darn good. Is it blazing fast? No, but it is adequate. Fits on-camera in a small case light enough to wear on a belt and have with you all the time. If you find yourself not taking your gear because of the size/weight/hassle, take a look at this combination (although I'm sure this lens will be a great addition to any e-mount camera).

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Very nice lens

                        By John

                        from Washington DC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                            Very nice lens, lightweight and durable.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Perfect travel lens...great improvement

                            By Reynolds

                            from Arlington

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Poor in Low Light
                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras:

                            Travel, flexibility, size, weight...tremendous improvement over the video version.

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