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SonyE-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera
 
4.3

(based on 127 reviews)

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    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (72)
  • Improves picture quality (45)
  • Compact (29)
  • Durable (28)
  • Easily interchangeable (17)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (24)
  • Heavy (13)
  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (60)
  • Close up filming (26)
  • Shooting indoors (22)
  • Travel (19)
  • Upgrade (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (33), Enthusiast (11), Parent (11), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-professional (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (115), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is a Fantastic lens

I have owned all of the NEX series cameras and I have never thought about getting this wonderful 18-200 until I got my NEX-7. Let me tell you how happy I am...Read complete review

I have owned all of the NEX series cameras and I have never thought about getting this wonderful 18-200 until I got my NEX-7. Let me tell you how happy I am with this lens it great. It's very sharp throughout the zoom range and it's very bright for such a long zoom. I have been using this lens indoors at 200mm and the results are great. It is also completely silent so it works great for video as well. It focuses very fast and if you use this lens with Nex-c3, 5n or 7 you get active Steady shot stabilization. This is much better than the regular steady shot not only will it stabilize your stills or video from up down movements but also right left. So you will get perfect steady shots when panning.

The lens is not too heavy and being as it's a long zoom. If you have the kit lens this will be a big upgrade as this is a much more high quality lens. You will notice a difference in your shots right away, its really that good. Since I got this lens it's been on my NEX-7 all the time I like it that much.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but Could Be Better

I bought this to be my one go-to lens for my NEX-7. Yes, it's a little large and a little heavy, but the entire package is so much less to deal with...Read complete review

I bought this to be my one go-to lens for my NEX-7. Yes, it's a little large and a little heavy, but the entire package is so much less to deal with than my Nikon that I don't find those issues. The picture quality is excellent, though there is serious vignetting at the lower zoom range, and even though the camera is fast I would have preferred a faster lens to better control depth of field. But overall the images are sharp and colors true. I find it slow to initially focus, particularly in sunny, moderately contrasted scenes (the lens or the software.... I don't know), and it's OK but not necessarily great at tracking. I also experience "zoom creep" -- unless the lens is level or locked it will open up or close on its own.

For what I bought it for this was an excellent choice. If you're a perfectionist you'll be happier with fixed length lenses but you'll have to carry them around and change them. Coupled with the NEX-7 it's hard to complain. Those 24 megapixels are amazing.

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4.0

Heavy but Excellent All-in-One.

By Garry

from Vermont

About Me Semi-Professional

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable
  • Useful zoom range
  • Well Made

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Traveling

Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

I am a retired pro, and moved to Sony e-mount system to reduce weight and space needs. Although this lens is fairly heavy, it's a great "one lens fits all" for travel, and very sharp, even at 200 mm.

I was worried about speed of auto-focusing, as I have been frustrated by the Sony 55-210 kit lens. I tested the lens at a soccer game, shooting at f6.3 using the a6000's 11 fps motor drive, and marveled at the speed and sharpness of the auto focus. I was also happy to find that auto focus work well on the Nex 7's contrast detection only AF system.

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5.0

Love this lens

By CJ

from Chicago, IL

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Traveling

    Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

    Great for low light with wide angle. Good for travel photography.
    Lightweight and compact fits in a purse easily.

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    3.0

    Foggie and slow

    By deeperrin

    from Corpus Christi, Texas

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Durable

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

      This lens came with my Sony NEX-FS100 and I never use it on that camera. It has fogged on me 3 times. This requires opening the front element and cleaning the inside of the front lens. Sony should have made this lens better for the elements.
      I gave it 3 stars because of the results I get when using it with my NEX-7. I love it for a photo lens, but not on my big video camera.

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      5.0

      Great Lens. Great on quality and size.

      By Rama

      from Maceió, Alagoas, Brasil

      About Me Semi-Professional

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Around Lens
        • Traveling

        Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

        I want this lens to travel. The image quality and versatility are the strongest "pros". The zoom and focus zoom are smooth. Much better than some Canon lenses i've tried. But the lens have a design issue to use with Nex 6, 5 or 6 cameras: The diamenter of 67mm is too high and cover the AF assistance lamp. Ok, in outdoor conditions, this won't be necessary, but is a issue that you have to know. Keep you kit lens to use the camera flash and AF assistance lamp in indoors situations. And she is a little heavier than I expected. But its ok. Nice piece of glass.Great finish material.

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        5.0

        Great All-round Lens - New Life on a6000

        By fiveform

        from CT

        About Me Semi-Professional

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Flexible
        • Flexible uses
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Zoom Creep

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

        I acquired this lens when I purchased a NEX-VG10 video camera and really liked its range and flexibility with that camera, but have used it most on my NEX-7 and most recently on my new Sony a6000 mirrorless body. With phase detection on that camera body (and lens firmware upgrade to v.02) this lens has gained new life as an amazingly fast focuser. It's a whole new world using the 179 phase detection points, along with 25 point contrast detection. Sharpness is anywhere from good to excellent, depending upon shooting circumstances. I have a number of primes that I do use for special needs, but find myself always falling back on the 18-200, even though it adds a significant amount of weight and bulk to a very small camera body. Still, nowhere as heavy or large as an APS-C DSLR, like my D7000. Now, the combo of the a6000 and the 18-200mm goes beyond my Nikon D7000/18-200mm package!

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        4.0

        Almost one lens fits all

        By Slavik

        from West Sacramento, CA

        About Me Semi-Professional

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

        This lens sits on my NEX7 and it is great for outdoors with lots of sun. Once you are inside, it takes a second or two to focus in low light. I love shooting macro and this lens some what gives me that option. I would love to get more macro images out of it but it has it's limitations. Also, when carrying lens down, it creeps out (zooms out). The ring moves tight when zooming in and out especially when doing video. Over all not a bad lens, I shot over 4000 images and love it. People give compliments when they see pictures. You will love it too. Plus it is 18-200mm which I absolutely love. You can get closeups or those distant shots. I know NEX7 supposed to be one of those light weight cameras but this lens will let you know it's there. I had people laugh a bit about the size of the camera compare to a lens. But the lens gives me the reach I need when I need it. The laughing party was changing lenses (18-70 to 70-200 or 300mm) on their camera's while I was shooting. Laugh all you want, but I got my shots that you missed cause you were changing your lens.

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        5.0

        why it is a great lens

        By rescator

        from florida

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

          based on video applications with sony Nex fs 700.

          the lens is great because in reality you don't have no other choice...unless you want to go fully manual in shooting video...which is a bit of headaches for sports etc...
          Beware that adding the sony LA EA2 and a superb lens like the carl zeiss 24/70 f2,8 on a nex Fs 700 will give you no aperture control.the default aperture will be set at F 3,5.
          unless you think to get stuck at F3,5 on vidéo is great...you will kiss this lens because there is no other choice.
          The quality is excellent in vidéo and i have done some footage in slow mo for kitesrfing with a perfect auto focus.the result is brilliant.
          my final thought is to wish that more E mount lens will come with higher aperture

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          2.0

          poor quality

          By mc

          from winter park, florida

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Quality At 100-200mm

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography

          Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

          poor quality at high zoom range. my other maker outfit with 70-300mm was superb at ALL ranges of the zoom. I have given the Sony to a son who thinks it is adequate but I regret using it at max. zoom on my Africa safari. It is very adequate at the 18-30mm zoom range but not the lens for me.

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          5.0

          VERY Impressed

          By Cee Vee

          from Toronto. Canada

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          Pros

          • Awesome Stabilization
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Impressive Image Quality
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Heavy
          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Traveling

          Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

          I've been using this lens on a Sony NEX-5n for one year and I've only been more and more impressed with it the more I use it.

          Pros:

          - Incredible image stabilization at full zoom.
          - Very sturdy construction
          - Impressive image quality for an 18-200 lens.

          Cons:

          - Very heavy
          - Lens creep

          If you have a Sony NEX camera, this is the first lens you should buy. It does a lot and does it surprisingly well.

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          5.0

          Great lens

          By desert rat

          from Hurricane, Utah

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

            I have this lens mounted on a NEX 6 camera. I use this setup for outdoors pictures. I find the lens very sharp through the whole zoom range.The lens is not all that heavy, as some have said. It is about the same as my 17-40 cannon. the color and picture quality I Think are better then the 7D with the 17-40 lens Sony pictures are a little cooler, and more true to life at least in the outdoors. The colors of the red rock, sky and canyons is more true then the Canon. Some complain of lens creep, but I have not found that (I do keep the lens locked while walking. I live in SW Utah, and carrying the NEX6 with just one lens (18-200) with the quality of pictures I get. I sold all my Canon equipment, and hike the desert and mountains and enjoying it more. The only drawback, is the silver color. I wish they had made this lens in black.

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            4.0

            Fantastic

            By Sean

            from Saint Paul, MN

            About Me Casual user

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Traveling

              Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

              Very responsive, quick autofocus. The image quality is superior.

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              3.0

              Too slow!

              By Papagabi

              from Rio de Janeiro

              About Me Semi-Professional

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                    Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                    Just because there aren't any other lens comparable to it, it's a good acquisition, but it's absurdly heavy and slow!Sony is too wealthy and has an unbelievable amount of technology to place in the market a lens with these kind of flaws!I've checked the new release with a huge motor under it, to make the focus less noisy, and it cost US more$ ! Ridiculous!At this size, it should be faster with a better focus!

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens!

                    By Mardebra

                    from Alcalde, NM

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                      I own horses that are in large pastures; this lens is perfect for captuing their beauty from afar. The photos are alawys amazingly clear.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent All-Purpose Lens

                      By Ken

                      from Birmingham, AL

                      About Me Semi-Professional

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                        I really wanted a lens in the 16-80mm or 18-100mm range but that lens is not currently available for the NEX system. I studied every review and comment available on the three 18-200mm lenses, and this lens received by far the best ratings. It is also the most expensive and the largest. I would have preferred the newer and smaller black LE version, but I wanted the best optical and mechanical quality possible for an all purpose lens of this type.

                        As most of the reviews indicate, the lens is very high in quality. The fit and finish are as good as anything I have owned in 35+years of photography. Almost all of my photography with this lens has been on a steady tripod with mid-range aperture settings and so far the optical results are excellent and my 13x19 prints look great in terms of sharpness, color and contrast.

                        Be aware that the large diameter of the lens may interfere with the lock setting on some tripod heads.

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                        5.0

                        an excellent all-round lens

                        By Tony

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Getting Started

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                          I have had this lens for about 3 weeks and have been using it on my Sony NEX-7 camera. It is an all-round lens and works very well. It seems likely that for almost all purposes, this is the only lens you need on a Sony NEX camera.

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                          5.0

                          Sony 18-200mm Lens

                          By Jo Jo

                          from New Milford, NJ

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use

                            Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                            Perfect for zooming in on race day!

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                            1.0

                            Very Poor Lens

                            By JDowdle

                            from Snow Camp NC

                            About Me Professional

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Use
                              • Not Functional
                              • Poor Design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                                This lens has many major flaws.

                                First, the exposure shift between wide and tight is extreme. It makes zooming just about impossible under any kind of low light.

                                Second, the focus ring seems to barely communicate with the lens internals. You turn the ring and wait and see what happens. Maybe it helps, maybe it doesn't. You try again. And again. Eventually you find a focus. By then your shot is gone.

                                Third, Sony, what the F were you thinking? Why does the zoom ring turn the opposite direction from EVERY OTHER PROFESSIONAL LENS IN EXISTENCE? To anyone who has trained on professional cameras and lenses, this is a deal- breaker. It destroys one's ability to respond instinctively. It's just stupid.

                                Sorry, Sony, this lens is a piece of junk.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent performer

                                By Bird Man

                                from Miami, Fl

                                About Me Semi-Professional

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                                  One great all around lens, well built and solid. Had purchased the LE version first and did not like it. It was soft at 200, not usable for even casual photography.

                                  Not sure if it was a bad copy but there was a difference in performance both optically and focusing in very low light. For just two ounces more and a bit fatter, don't seems make a difference. If you want the LE might as well save money and buy the Tamron. They seem to be one and the same?

                                  Can recommend this lens with no reservations.

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                                  5.0

                                  You Get What You Pay For

                                  By Hunters' Ride

                                  from Plantation, Florida

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                                      For years I've photographed birds and wild animals and have been handicapped by inexpensive zoom lenses. . especially shooting white birds. . but not so with this wonderful new lens. . it is clear, clean, detailed, focuses easily. . and combined with the NEX-7s 23+ megapixel resolution takes incredible images. . .it isn't too heavy for this photographer. . it definitely is almost as expensive as the camera body on its own. . but worth every penny based on the comments on my shots.

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                                      1.0

                                      Very stiff to operate

                                      By Nick

                                      from Spokane WA.

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

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                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult To Use

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens for NEX Camera:

                                          It's very stiff to operate.
                                          May have been a defective lens or because it was made in China

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