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Sony18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras
 
4.0

(based on 17 reviews)

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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)
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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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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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    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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    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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        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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          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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            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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              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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                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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                    (8 of 12 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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                    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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                    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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                      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.

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                          • 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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