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SonyE PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens
 
4.0

(based on 35 reviews)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Easily interchangeable (11)
  • Strong construction (10)
  • Consistent output (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Video (12)
    • Sports/action (10)
    • Wildlife photos (7)
    • Travel (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (7)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    lovin this lens

    The first thing that will strike you when you open the box is how large the lens is. 72mm lens cover size. Its not heavy, just large. If I want to go compact...Read complete review

    The first thing that will strike you when you open the box is how large the lens is. 72mm lens cover size. Its not heavy, just large. If I want to go compact with my NEX 6, I will use my kit lens. For me the size of this lens is NOT an issue, but many NEX owners bought the camera for its compact nature and may find this a deal breaker.
    Weight of the lens: I have installed the supplied Sony neck strap that came with the camera. It is relatively narrow, but considering the weight of the stock camera, it has worked well for me. I can attest that with this lens attached, I walked around for 3 hours with the stock Sony neck strap and the combined weight did not bother me at all.
    Next issue would be price. Not necessarily the stand alone price of this lens, but for the buyer who is coming into the NEX market, they may find the combined costs for the body and lens steep. For $1,350.00 you have other options out there for a body and comparable focal range lens. You have to really have bought into the NEX look and feel to make this your first purchase. I personally have been completely smitten by the NEX 6 and would have no other camera and both of the above listed negatives don't matter to me but if I didn't have the love for this camera......
    I have used the lens for two shoots so far. The first was a portrait shoot. The large lens size does give off a more professional appearance to the model. The F4 aperture seemed to work fine for the shoot. I used two flashes with a handheld speed of 1/160 and it forced me to use a 400 ISO for correct exposure. I prefer a 200 ISO as this seems to be the sweet spot for the NEX6 but the pictures still came out fine. Focusing was surprisingly fast. At a shooting distance of 8' the depth of field focal range is around 6" so you can get a nice sharp image across most of the head. You will not get a completely washed out background but its blurred out enough. This lens will be great for family portraits because you need the greater depth of field for multiple stacked groups of people. For single subject shoots, I would prefer a larger aperture for that nice blown out background look.
    Next shoot was a handheld shoot on a beach. I found the zoom feature to be very quick. The entire zoom feature is enclosed which I really liked. If you shut the camera off for a bit, then turn it back on, the lens returns to 18mm. I understand the need to retract in other lens but this lens has no exposed moving portions. The zoom is quite fast so it wasn't a huge drawback. I kinda wish it reset in the middle of its zoom range which would give me the option to go in either direction much faster for a quick draw snapshot. It only has one zoom speed that I could tell but again, it was pretty fast.
    I shot some high contrast scenes across the entire zoom range and was surprised that I saw VERY little purple fringing....like barely there at all, and probably the best lens I have owned for this type of shot. I can say I noticed a little softness to the lens...BUT...after checking out my camera settings, I saw that I had done this entire shoot in the portrait mode. I am not positive but I highly suspect the images will be much sharper if I had set the camera in landscape or any other setting than the soft portrait setting. Even so, the pictures turned out really nice even in portrait mode. Birds feathers showed enough detail to make me happy. I also photographed flying seagulls as they took off from a stand still. The lens was able to track and focus very well and I got probably 75% of those shots in focus (not always framed the best though :) ) I shot @ a 4000 shutter speed, 200 Iso, and of course f4. Barrel distortion is handled better than the kit lens @ 18mm. So far, I can not see a reason why I will use another lens on my camera unless I have a specialty use. If this lens were f2.8, I'm pretty sure it would never come off.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pillow Distortion on FS100 & FS700

    This lens maybe OK for NEX cameras, as they have internal Lens correction for it, but it's absolutely NOT good for video camcorders Sony FS100 and FS700.... ( maybe Sony will make...Read complete review

    This lens maybe OK for NEX cameras, as they have internal Lens correction for it, but it's absolutely NOT good for video camcorders Sony FS100 and FS700.... ( maybe Sony will make softwar update for it, but I'm not sure it's possible )

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    5.0

    UPDATE: Great value lens even for FS-700

    By Big DS

    from West Haven, CT

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Face Detection
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Power Zoom
    • Strong Construction
    • Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

      Just and update to my earlier review from a little over a year ago. I originally kept the lens because my NEX-EA50 had the correction for the pillow distortion built in, even though it didn't work for the NEX-FS700. Well I'm glad I kept it. Now there has been a firmware update for the NEX-FS700 (700r to be exact) that corrects the distortion as well. This has now become one of my go-to lenses for ENG work. It still isn't as nice looking, or fast, as one of my Canon L lenses with my Speedbooster. But the autofocus, face detection, and power zoom, makes it great in less-than -ideal run-and-gun situations.

      NOTE: The correction is only for the internal AVCHD and 8-bit output. This will still be distorted for true 10-bit, or more, output to an external recorder like the 7Q+. It will work with something like an Atomos Ninja 2 that simply takes the normal 8-bit output and wraps it up as a 10-bit file.

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      5.0

      Sharp and light.

      By gokujou

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Distortion

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

        I am a more casual photographer/enthusiast and recently switched to the Sony a6000 for a lighter body while traveling. The quality of the this lens has surprised me, it is producing very good photos that are nice and sharp. It does have the distortion if you view the straight raw files, but that is easily corrected for in camera or with Lightroom. The build is also very nice, and yet light, I think I like it more that the similar Canon L series lenses I have used.

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        5.0

        Great Benefit/Cost Ratio

        By Phil

        from Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Slow Electric Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

        I have this lens paired with my backup Sony A6000. They work very well together giving me fast and accurate shots. The lens focuses quickly with virtually no hunting and allows me to quickly shoot wildlife. The only con is the zoom, which is electric and cannot be cranked quickly to get a quick zoomed in shot. The zoom also uses battery power. It is otherwise very accurate and sharp with only some pillow-cushioning zoomed out. Minimal chromatic aberrations. I like that it does not bellow when zoomed.

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        5.0

        It is a keeper.

        By One Eyed Jack

        from Arizona

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              Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

              Yes it could be smaller, lighter, faster and cheaper, but it get the job done better that the kit lens and it doesn't cost as much as the Zeiss lenses.

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              3.0

              Nice lens but not for video with a7s

              By Alex

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                I shoot primarily video with a Sony a7s and FS-100. I'd been looking for a nice zoom and this one appeared to meet all my criteria: parfocal, constant f/4 aperture, image stabilization and smooth power-zoom. So much to like about his lens on paper. It's very nicely built too. But it doesn't work properly with the Sony FS-100 (or FS-700 I believe) due to the fact that the optical system for this lens is augmented by in-camera lens correction which hasn't been implemented across the board. With the Sony a7s I was disappointed to find that it would only work in APS-C crop mode and even then with some strange optical aberrations at 105mm. Auto-focus with the same combo for stills was sub-par as well (slow and a bit hit-and-miss).

                This is probably a great lens on the NEX series of cameras but definitely check to make sure it works with your system.

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                1.0

                Total waste of money!

                By Hamid

                from NJ

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Good Range If Worked

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                    I purchased this lens and returned it next day. The focus shifts as you zoom out. I don't understand why they have "power zoom" when the zoom does not hold focus from telephoto to wide.
                    So don't count of the power

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Lens

                    By Elgatoland

                    from North Las Vegas, NV

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                      I'm using this lens with a Sony a6000. I bought it to replace a lens that wasn't compatible with the camera. I wasn't sure about the power zoom, but I really like it, plus you can manually zoom if you want too. It is sharp. I haven't had it too long, but so far it has been great!

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                      5.0

                      Versatile and good value

                      By wjj

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                      I use it on an A6000, mainly in a small studio setting with external flash. Pictures are great, on par with the SEL35F18 @ f4. Portraits are sharp and the prints look awesome.
                      When using the remote app from my iPhone, it's pretty cool to be able to control zoom and focus remotely!!
                      Beware that this lens with the pop-up flash will produce a shadow. Use an external flash or point the pop-up flash upwards.
                      Also, when the camera powers down, it resets the focal length to 18mm.
                      Besides this minor things, its a great lens.

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                      5.0

                      Terrific Travel Lens

                      By Joe the Artist

                      from Haddonfield, NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Architecture
                        • Food
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits
                        • Street photography
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                        Although I use the lens for portraits, food, street photography, and architecture, my main reason for buying it was for travel. On a cruise last year, I carried my Nikon D610 with the 28x300mm lens. I was thrilled with the pictures from the Nikon, but the weight of the camera and lens bore down on my neck.

                        For a backup camera and for my trips, I purchased the Sony A6000 with the kit lens. The Sony and the new lens will be much easier to carry. I'm very pleased with the quality and the build of the 18-105. Since I use the A6000 for occasional videos, I appreciate the smooth power zoom.

                        For me, it's a perfect complement to the Nikon. I love them both!

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                        4.0

                        Even Good For Video

                        By Robob

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Fly By Wire Focus Ring

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                        I have only used it few time so far but on the new Sony PXW-FS7 the SELP18105 works well. The only complaint most of us have is the fly by wire focus ring. Video shooters tend to not use AutoFocus so we need a mechanically connected focus ring.

                        With the built in lens correction in the FS7, the SELP18105 is sharp and the controls on the handgrip work for zoom and Iris. Not the fault of the lens but the FS7 will only correct aberations up to 1080p. Don't forget to turn on lens correction as it is off by default in the FS7.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent lens

                        By DrChip

                        from Virginia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                          This was purchased (1) to give me a longer lens for my a6000 than the kit lens, (2) to get the highest quality single lens covering medium wide to medium tele so I can go out with one lens (after all, a major reason for mirrorless is light weight), and (3) to have a fast lens for hand held telephoto. All this without weighing too much and still having motorized zoom for the occasional video. (2) and (3) argued for the 18105G instead of one of the 18-200 alternatives, and I'm extremely happy with the quality of the image when shooting handheld in somewhat low light at F4. It is surprisingly light, only a little heavier than the body, and is very quiet when zooming. I chose based upon online reviews, and was not mislead -- great lens.
                          As others have noted, the large first glass (72mm) obstructs the light from the flash if the zoom is wider than 50mm. However for indoor flash I found I could easily tip the spring loaded built-in flash up towards the ceiling with one finger, and the bounce flash showed no light obstruction, and gives softer lighting as well.

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                          4.0

                          Great Lens

                          By David

                          from Little Rock, AR

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Defaults To 18mm At Start
                          • Prefer Manual Zoom

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                            Purchased this lens to use with a6000 mainly because it covered the same approximate range as my Canon 24-105mm ƒ4. I've been very pleased with the lens so far after making about 200 prints. Lens is lightweight, sharp, focuses quickly and easy to use. Although the power zoom works just fine, I would prefer a manual zoom, especially since the camera always defaults the lens to 18mm on startup. I noticed some reviews criticize this lens and other Sony lens for distortion, CA and lack of sharpness in the corners. If you're shooting RAW, and why wouldn't you, then Camera Raw should take care of the CA and the distortion if you use the provided lens profile. Corner sharpness was not that much of a concern for me since I don't tend to put the subject of my photos in the corners. Great lens and camera combination. About all I need for a day of general photography. The lightweight of the lens and camera make it a pleasure to carry. Some days you just don't want to lug around a Canon 5DMII and a lens.

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                            4.0

                            Sony 18-105 mm F4 OSS Lens

                            By Gadams53

                            from Birmingham AL

                            Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                            I am a former professional photographer. I am now an avid amatuer. I bought the Sony Nex 6 camera a couple of months ago and the Sony 18-105mm to use as my standard lens. While the lens is agreat piece of glass, for me it defeated the purpose of having a mirrorless system. The lens is long and heavy and makes the camera very unwieldly to carry around your neck. You have to have a camera bag or a fanny pack if you want to use this as a travel lens. It does take great photos and has easy to use controls. However, for me it was not the right fit as I wanted something much lighter and more compact as a travel lens. I bought the 18-55mm kit lens to use for most situations. I will buy a longer lens when an appropriate focal lenght is available.

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                            3.0

                            it's a compromise

                            By Wrack Meadow

                            from Boylston, MA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Great Range
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Vignetting

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                            I want to like this lens more than I do but it has its compromises. The size is very manageable with the A6000, it's not heavy at all, but with it, you can't use the flash for fear of shadows. That's a big drawback. The pics have been very clear and sharp, but there is noticeable vignetting at the corners. It being a power zoom, there's no scale to tell you what focal length you're at, just a little zoom gauge in the viewfinder. No for me. I know I need to use it a bit more before I decide if I will keep it but one might be better served with a few prime lenses instaed of this, in a non-video capacity anyway. Build quality is very very high by the way, so at least you feel like you've gotten what you paid for. And B&H is always great to do business with, in my experience.

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                            4.0

                            Sharp and a great general purpose lens

                            By Paul

                            from Mountain View, California

                            Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                            I've shot a couple events and one trip, and this is a great lens. Its very sharp, versatile and bright. Yes, its large vs. other eMount lenses but its such a great lens, you'll get over its size quickly. Its my new 'photo travel' lens (I'll keep my 16-50 lens for when i need a really small size camera). My only wish is that it wouldn't return to 18mm everytime its switched off (minus 1 star for this - hopefully Sony will change that with a firmware update - hear that Sony?).

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                            5.0

                            All Purpose Lens

                            By film Willy

                            from Monterey

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Very Flexable

                            Cons

                            • Shade Too Large

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video

                            Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                            Other reviewers have described this as a large heavy lens. While it is larger than other NEX lens it balances on the camera great and not really that heavy. This is a very well designed and built lens. Have used this both for photo and video on a NEX-7 with super results. Compared to regular DSLR (other camera is Canon 60D w/18-135) this is such a handy workable combination. Have made super enlargements and crops with this lens. My only comment (kind of a complaint) is - 1, the zoom switch is on the side for underhand grip but I always use a small camera with overhand grip so the switch should be naturally on top of the lens, and - 2, since it is all electric drive it always returns to WA when switched off, turning on takes a few seconds to restore both the screen and reset the drive motors. Other than that this is the perfect lens. Good zoom range for still & video and constant f4 is great. Would be interesting to test against the Zeiss. Very satisfied with operation and results.

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                            5.0

                            Great all purpose lens

                            By oceanman

                            from Princeton, NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Great Range
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Distortion Needs Post Pro

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                            Purchased this lens to use with Sony A6000. I was used to using a Sony 16-105mm with my A77 and wanted the convenience of the range for street photography. Since there is a G grade Sony lens it appears to be sharper than the 16-105,, but I do miss the 16 mm wide end. The lens focus is all internal and makes it less conspicuous than a protruding zoom.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens, great value

                            By Triniart

                            from Northport, NY

                            About Me Professional

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                              I'm using on A6000. Lens is sharp, IS works great, nice contrast and color. Some say this lens is not so good at F4, however my copy is very good from F4, slightly soft in corners, but better than my other lens especially at the wide end. Very surprised at how good the lens is.

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                              5.0

                              Impressive Lens

                              By CameraBuff

                              from Corona, CA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                                  I haven't had much chance to use this lens yet, but I am well impressed with it's operation. The AF and power zoom are very quiet, and should be ideal for videos (which is what I bought it for). It is rather large, although not heavy, and the fit and finish are excellent.

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                                  5.0

                                  Very Good Zoom!

                                  By WestOkid

                                  from West Orange, NJ

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                  • Build quality
                                  • Constant Aperture
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Image stabilization
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Sharp

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

                                  Purchased for two reasons. To improve the quality I was getting from the kit zoom and to have a single go-to lens. The SELP18105G did not disappoint.

                                  *AF is quick
                                  *The lens is very sharp with some softening towards the edge. Those that want even sharper images should look at primes. There will always be trade off for the convenience of carrying one lens.
                                  *Though it is large, it is light and since zooming is internal, it never becomes unwieldy.

                                  Many mention the distortion, but it is corrected in camera or in post with lens profile; not an issue on NEX cameras.
                                  People complain about what it isn't, instead of looking at what it is. It is a constant f/4 6X Zoom. It has fast AF (for a em-mount). It is relatively inexpensive with very good optics and excellent build quality.

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