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Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens with UV Filter Kit

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Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens with UV Filter Kit
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/36
  • 27-202.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Maximum Aperture Range: f/3.5-5.6
Complementing the lens, this Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens with Lens Care Kit put together by B&H pairs the versatile zoom lens with a 55mm UV filter.
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Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Overview

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Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
Lightweight and Stabilized Versatility
Spanning a useful wide-angle to medium telephoto range, the E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS from Sony is a versatile 27-202.5mm equivalent zoom for APS-C-format E-mount mirrorless cameras. This well-rounded lens suits working in a variety of situations, making it an ideal zoom for travel applications, and the image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld.
Optical Design
  • Two extra-low dispersion elements help to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
  • One aspherical element helps to control distortion and reduce spherical aberrations for greater sharpness and accurate rendering.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Image Stabilization and Autofocus
  • 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.
  • Linear autofocus motor provides quick and precise autofocus performance and enables accurate and silent focusing while recording videos.
  • Dedicated AF/MF switch allows for quick changing between focusing methods.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.5', along with a maximum magnification of 0.29x, suits working with close-up subjects.
Chiaro Pro 55mm 98-UVAT UV Filter

The Pro 55mm 98-UVAT UV Filter is one of Chiaro’s highest-rated protective UV filters with 98% light transmission. It’s ideal for photographers who demand high-quality glass and other essential features for excellent image fidelity and construction.

To achieve 98% light transmission, Chiaro uses highly-polished optical glass, multi-coating, and additional advanced elements that improve the filter’s light transmission. Resistance coating improves the scratch resistance of the glass, and helps assure that water, oil, dust, and fingerprints are removed with a gentle wipe. A hard-anodized aluminum filter ring is designed to screw on and off effortlessly, and it’s thin to prevent vignetting when used with wide-angle lenses.

Image quality is what matters most at Chiaro. The company has tested and combined many features and essentials to achieve superior image quality and the highest light transmission. To help take the confusion out of selecting a filter, Chiaro prominently displays the light transmission levels so that you can choose the perfect filter for your lens and photo session.


98% Light Transmission
Protecting your lens doesn't mean you have to lose optical quality. By using highly-polished optical glass and advanced coatings, Chiaro offers a 98% transmission rate, which is an excellent transmission rate for glass. And the company verifies the ratings with ISO certified lab testing.
Resistance Coating
The layers of advanced resistance coating on the filter are designed to resist moderate scratches, and allows you to easily clean your filter. Water beads up and rolls off your filter, and oil and fingerprints can come off with a gentle wipe. Dust and debris won't adhere to the filter and can be removed with a puff of air.
Polished Optical Glass
Glass that's polished to perfection is essential to achieve a high level of light transmission. The optical glass in this Chiaro filter is highly-polished for flatness that ensures excellent optical clarity.
Multi-coating enhances light transmission to the demanding level set for all Chiaro filters. It reduces unwanted internal reflections and ghosting that can compromise your images.
UV Protection
The filter blocks UV light and reduces the bluish cast of daylight that can affect color accuracy, especially at higher altitudes.
Hard Anodized Aluminum Construction
The process of hard anodizing toughens and strengthens the aluminum for a lightweight yet durable filter ring.
Slim Design
Measuring only 3.2mm, this filter is slim enough to use on wide-angle lenses without experiencing vignetting.
Top Knurling
Top knurling offers a firm grip on the filter when you're attaching or removing it.
Secure Attachment
It takes two full turns to mount the filter on your lens. This feature will securely hold your Chiaro filter through the most demanding photo shoots.
Front Threads
The front threads on the filter allow you to stack filters by screwing them onto your Chiaro filter.
UPC: 847628593657

Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens Specs

Focal Length18 to 135mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27 to 202.5mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperturef/22 to 36
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View76° to 12°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.29x
Optical Design16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size55 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.65 x 3.46" / 67.2 x 88 mm
Length at Maximum Extension4.41" / 111.9 mm
Weight11.5 oz / 326 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.2 x 4.9 x 4.2"

Chiaro Pro 55mm 98-UVAT UV Filter Specs

Filter TypeUV
Filter Factor1x (0-Stop)
Circular Size55 mm Filter Thread
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet55 mm
CoatingsMulti-Coating, Resistance Coating
Physical FeaturesSlim
Filter Thickness0.13" / 3.2 mm
Filter MaterialGlass
Ring MaterialAluminum
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.095 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.05 x 3 x 0.75"

Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Reviews

Great all-purpose lens

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-30

I give this lens 5 stars, not because it is the sharpest or brightest lens available, but because it suits its purpose as well as any lens I have ever used. That is, a good general-purpose walk-around lens for casual photography. I use it mostly for traveling and casual shots of family and other people and locations. It is actually very sharp, corner to corner, for a lens in this category - not as sharp as the Sony 16-55 f2.8, and not as bright. But it is noticeably smaller and lighter, easier to carry around. And its equivalent focal range of 27-200mm means I never have to change lenses. Oh, by the way, it also has image stabilization. For any photography in good light, it is excellent. And I think that is what it was designed for, so 5 stars.

Great Travel Lens

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-21

I'm a hobbyist photographer. I've been using Sony E-mounts for about 10 years (NEX-6, a6000, a6600). This lens blows away the old 16-50 kit lens they used to include with a new E-mount camera. I took only this lens and my a6600 on a work trip to California. I wanted to see if it could be used as my only lens for street, architecture and nature photography. The image quality was excellent (I was constantly pixel peeping after each photo or burst of photos). Will this replace your best prime lenses? Probably not. Is this an excellent all around travel lens? Totally. I'll no longer have anxiety about which lens(es) to bring when I have limited space in my luggage.

Great camera & lens!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-11

Shot this the other day with the Sony 6400 and the Sony E 18-135 lens. A great combination!

Great travel lens.

By Jodi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-01

I love a nice wide shot while traveling and this lens is perfect for on the go. It's fairly light and compact without losing much quality. Excellent for grabbing quick travel stills or video and great to zoom in quickly when desired.

An ok lense, but better options out there

By Nathan
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-20

I ended up returning this lens. Primary reasons. 1. The changing aperture bothered me way more than I expected. I found myself not zooming in because of it closing off. 2. The picture quality. While not terrible by any means, I ended up getting a Sigma 30mm prime lense...and am way happier. I don't have the zoom capabilities but in the end the picture quality...WOW! I added the 16mm to it and love the combo!

An APS-C lens that I like

By Marlon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-11

At half the size and 58% of the weight of a dslr lens of similar focal length (27-202mm), this lens is useful for travel and when you're not on assignment and you're shooting for yourself and family. I don't normally buy aps-c format, but after purchasing a mirrorless Sony, and reading the reviews, i took a chance. I love the bokeh. I think Sony took this into consideration, because a lot of their mirrorless lenses have very nice bokeh. This lens is also incredibly sharp, but like with other lenses, stay under f/11.

Works as expected

By Louis
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-28

Good size for A6400, seems sharp as I would expect. I did not receive a warranty card for USA or a lens hood the Sony site shows a lens hood included, hope I didn't get a grey market lens, check the fine print!

Excellent lens

By Zac
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-14

Great for days when I don't want to carry around a bunch of lenses. Fast focus, sharp pictures, it's a great all around lens.

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Does this lens come with a hood?

Does this lens come with a hood?
Asked by: Steven
Hi Steven, yes this lens does come with a lens hood (model: ALC-SH153) in the box.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-01-29

How do I get SONY's tourist warranty (TLW) while ...

How do I get SONY's tourist warranty (TLW) while placing order online?
Asked by: Madhur
The Sony TLW tourist warranty is not available on the B&H Web site when purchasing a Sony product. Please contact Sony "Support" for updates, and information.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2019-05-28

Does this lens have weather sealing?

Does this lens have weather sealing?
Asked by: Judy
No, it does not.
Answered by: Geren
Date published: 2022-07-08

Can this lens be used by A6000 camera?

Can this lens be used by A6000 camera?
Asked by: Kevin
The Sony a6000 is a APS-C camera and this is a APS-C lens so yes it will work.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2018-12-11

How is this lens for close-up, e.g., wildflowers ...

How is this lens for close-up, e.g., wildflowers and butterflies; a6400?
Asked by: Matthew
Like most general purpose lenses, it will function, but it may not produce the results you might be looking for. It does not focus all that close, and with a slow aperture, you are are going to have to increase the ISO so as to keep the shutter speed fast enough to prevent motion blur when that bug moves. I suggest the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art Lens for Sony E as another member has mentioned.
Answered by: Gary
Date published: 2021-02-10

I have a Sony A 6400. Will the image ...

I have a Sony A 6400. Will the image stabilization work with the 6400? I read somewhere that some Sony lenses require a 6500 or greater for the lens IS to work.
Asked by: Mike
Yes. This lens OSS will work with the a6400. Check reviews of this lens on B&H site.
Answered by: Bruce
Date published: 2022-06-15

Is the manual focus ring mechanically connected ...

Is the manual focus ring mechanically connected or control by wire?
Asked by: Ryan
It's controlled by wire.
Answered by: Dang
Date published: 2021-03-01

Is this an auto focus or manual focus?

Is this an auto focus or manual focus?
Asked by: Jordan
The lens is both auto focus and manual focus. There is a switch on the left side of the lens barrel that allows the user to select either auto or manual. Nice to have this switch for critical focus or low light focus problems.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-06-30
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