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

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

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

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  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 27-157.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Two ED & Three Aspherical Elements
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Power Zoom Lever; Handycam Technology
  • Internal Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5'
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 18-105mm f/4.0 overview

  • 1Description

Have all the essential focal lengths covered with this E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens from Sony. Designed for APS-C-format E-mount cameras, this lens offers an extremely versatile 27-157.5mm zoom range and has a constant f/4 aperture for consistency through all focal lengths. Making this lens a great choice for both stills and video is the implementation of a power zoom mechanism and Handycam technology that provides smooth, quiet zooming and focusing. Also, it uses two extra-low dispersion elements and three aspherical elements to combat aberrations for crisp, clean images.

On top of these features, the lens is equipped with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to help reduce the effects of camera shake, especially at longer focal lengths. The lens benefits from an internal focus design that ensures that the overall length of the lens does not change during focusing. Additionally, it offers a minimum focus distance of 1.5' and uses a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh.

A versatile mid-range zoom for APS-C-format E-mount cameras, this 18-105mm lens provides a wide-angle to short telephoto 27-157.5mm equivalent focal length that works for anything from vast landscapes to tight portraits to distant subjects.
A constant f/4 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and also lends greater control over focus position for shallow depth of field techniques.
Two extra-low dispersion glass elements are featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
Three aspherical elements, including one Advanced Aspherical (AA), are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld with slower shutter speeds. This stabilization system can also be combined with select camera's sensor-shift type image stabilization for more effective control of camera blur.
Enjoy smooth zooms ideal for shooting movies with the power zoom mechanism which uses Handycam technology from Sony's well-regarded camcorders.
An internal focus design contributes to fast autofocus speeds and the minimum focus distance of 1.5' and easier handling as the lens maintains its overall length.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 002724287354
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Sony 18-105mm f/4.0 specs

Focal Length 18 - 105mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 157.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 77° - 15°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
Magnification 0.11x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9.09
Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.07 x 4.33" / 78 x 110 mm
Weight 15.06 oz / 427 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 4.2 x 3.9"

Sony 18-105mm f/4.0 reviews

E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 215.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great one lens solution for a6xxx series I was unsure if I wanted to carry a bigger lens (than the 16-50mm) but once I got it I was surprised it was not very heavy and not as large as I assumed it would be. The range is great for a single lens solution and I am pleased with the additional contrast that the 16-50mmm just does not have. The colors just pop more and it is on par with the 24-105 Canon when I used Canon gear propr. The build quality is very good and can carry this all day without weight issues. I use this lens mainly for pictures, but when I use it for video, the power zoom and range makes this a great lens for a day out photographing.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Lens! (18105 F4 G OSS) Love this lens! I bought it to go with my A6000 and so far (a couple of months) I havent taken it off. The lens is so versatile and lightweight that I take it with me nearly everwhere I go. I love it for indoor portraits as well as landscape, beach shots, you name it! You really only need to consider all of the initials in the name G, OSS to realize that at this price point you are getting a bargain. I have had less PP work to do with this combo then I do with my A7r and 55mm F1.8! Most of the time photos taken in RAW are looking crisp and beautiful straight out of the camera!
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Travel 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!
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent all round lens Excellent all round lens. It increases your photographic possibilities of capturing landscapes, details, and even portraits. Its size makes them suitable for the Sony's A6000 series. You can also manually adjust the focus. The zoom speed may seem a bit slow for some (maybe it could have speed adjustments), but it suits most scenes, even with moving subjects, and practically soundless. The optical quality seems good enough to project on screens of 2x3 meters, and for printed enlargements of 1m2 (all without post processing of any kind). Optical and chromatic aberrations are no greater than any semiprofessional lens or even some lenses 3 times their price.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One slick lens Most useful: Everything except macro. Most unique: Internal zooming (and focus) so dusty air is not pumped into lens and camera. This may be the first review of this lens to appear online. Received lens one week ago and have put it through its paces on a Nex 7, shooting RAW and processing in Lr5. Images are crisp and well contrasted. Auto focus is instantaneous and silent. Zooming is quick by either twisting the zoom ring or with the motorized drive. Focus and exposure, and hence image in viewfinder, remain stable during zoom. When using a circular polarizer stacked atop a UV filter, and at wide angle focal length, there is slight vignetting, but not with but one filter.
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Lens for the Money I own a 5D Mark II as my primary camera and a a6300 as a secondary camera. As a Canon user, I've become accustomed to the quality of their L-series lenses. This Sony lens is pretty good, but it doesn't compare to a Canon lens costing twice as much, obviously. I have found it to be a good lens to use while on vacation, as it covers wide to telephoto really well. The bokeh it produces is pleasant to the eye too. It has definite positives, so it's a good purchase, as long as you understand the image quality isn't going to compare favorably against much more expensive lenses.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Zoom! 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.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good on the FS5 Hamid and Old Pro are right. Manual focus control is terrible, when trying to make minute adjustments the lens is liable to jump way out of focus when on the long end of the lens. Even worse, if you zoom in, focus and zoom out quickly the focus may jump out of focus, sometimes way out of focus. If you start to zoom back in it will grab focus. Quick zooms out cause unpredictable loss of focus, zooms in do not have the same problem. Try it yourself, using f4 zoom in tight on a focus chart. Then do a series of short zooms out. Use the focus magnifier to see the loss of focus. The error is not repeatable, different every time.
Date published: 2016-07-25
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