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Sony DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM Lens

BH #SO18135 • MFR #SAL18135
Sony DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM Lens
Key Features
  • A-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 27-202.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-5.6 to f/22-36
  • One ED Element & Two Aspherical Elements
An ideal lens for everyday carry on an APS-C A-mount camera, the DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM Lens from Sony offers outstanding versatility in a relatively compact form factor. Offering an extremely versatile 27-202.5mm equivalent zoom range, this one lens can cover most general shooting scenarios. It also uses one extra-low dispersion element and two aspherical elements to combat aberrations and flare. Ensuring optimal performance is the Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM), a built-in system that provides smooth, quiet, and quick focusing that works well with the internal focus design to provide a minimum focus distance of 1.5'. Additionally, it has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh.
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Sony DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM Overview

An ideal lens for everyday carry on an APS-C A-mount camera, the DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM Lens from Sony offers outstanding versatility in a relatively compact form factor. Offering an extremely versatile 27-202.5mm equivalent zoom range, this one lens can cover most general shooting scenarios. It also uses one extra-low dispersion element and two aspherical elements to combat aberrations and flare. Ensuring optimal performance is the Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM), a built-in system that provides smooth, quiet, and quick focusing that works well with the internal focus design to provide a minimum focus distance of 1.5'. Additionally, it has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh.

Covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, this 18-135mm zoom is designed for APS-C format A-mount cameras, where it will provide a versatile 27-202.5mm equivalent focal length.
A variable f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture helps ensure that lens size and weight is kept to a minimum.
One extra-low dispersion glass element is featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
Two aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
By incorporating a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) unit into the lens itself to drive the focusing element group, this lens is able to deliver smoother, quieter, and faster performance that coupled systems. Also, the internal focusing design helps to achieve a minimum focus distance of 1.5'.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.

Sony DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM Specs

Focal Length
18 to 135mm (35mm Equivalent: 27 to 202.5mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture
f/22 to 36
Lens Mount
Sony A
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Angle of View
76° to 12°
Minimum Focus Distance
1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.25x
Optical Design
14 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.99 x 3.39" / 76 x 86 mm
Weight
14.04 oz / 398 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.415 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.75 x 4.85 x 4.75"

Sony DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM Reviews

Below average

By Dennis
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-29

Bought this lens used from B&H about a year ago. Using on a Sony A77ii. Not as sharp as my Sony DT 18-55 Sam 2. Maybe has a defect. Not likely to buy used again.

Excellent buy!

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-11

I was looking for a good walk around lens that would give me some reach when I didn't really want to carry my big zoom lens around. I was looking at both this lens and the ones made by Tamron for my Sony a77II. Based on other reviews that I saw I decided to go with the Sony lens. So far I would say I have made the right decision. The pictures are very sharp and all lengths and it focuses very fast. This will be the perfect lens to take when you need just a little more reach but bringing a big zoom would be a hassle.

The best choice for a Sony system

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-07-24

I bought this lens to replace my Tamron 18-200mm travel lens and it was the right decision! The Sony lens is much sharper, faster, smoother and it provides much nicer Bokeh backgrounds. I've taken great landscape photographs as well as portraits and even pictures of flowers and nature look great. It's a must for anybody who uses Sony system. It worked great on my Sony A58 that I had previously and it works even better on my Sony A77ii.

Great lens

By Back in business
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-08-25

Very versatile lens. This is my second set for me of this lens. Very useful and has great range. Easy to use and handle.

Just like a pro!

By marsalski
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-01

Both my wife and I transitioned from Minolta to SONY without a hitch. This lens fits the bill when the grandchildren are around. With 16,000 plus photos in iPhoto, I'm sure we will hit 17,000 in a short time. We had a long range zoom, it was fine. This zoom is short and sweet. Easy to use, as well as lighter.

Great everyday go-to lens

By jb61264
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-03-25

I have had this lens for about 8 months now and it has become my everyday go-to lens...it has never disappointed me and is very flexible for a wide range of different pics.

Great lens

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-26

I am extremely pleased with my purchase as it more than exceeds my expectations. The lens works perfectly and is very easy to use and does a great job. Also, I am very pleased with the polarize filter that I also purchased and received at an earlier date. The quality of these products is outstanding. I am also very pleased with doing business with B&H as my orders were handled with great efficiency, prompt service and shipping. My purchases arrived in perfect condition. Sincerely, RW Lehman

Average lens buy only on sale

By Sachin
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-07

No wonder it is available for less $$$. Ok for routine fotos. Overall good.

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question

Can I use this lens for my Sony a6300 E mount?
Asked by: Hector L C.
The Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens uses the Sony A-mount/Minolta MAXXUM lens mount, while the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera uses the Sony E-mount lens mount. The two are not directly compatible. If you wish to use the above lens on the Sony a6300, you would need to purchase a lens adapter, such as the Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter (Black), B&H # SOLAEA3, for your needs. If you are interested in a lens that will attach to the a6300 without the use of an adapter, then the lenses with the closest focal length range and usage as a substitute to the above lens would be either the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens, B&H # SO181054, or the Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for NEX Cameras, B&H # SO18200LE.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Can this lens fit Sony A350 ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes. Both this lens and the Sony a350 are Sony/Minolta A mount.
Answered by: Lawrence C.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

How is this lens in low light?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens would be decent for some low-light usage needs, though it would be helped by using a camera that also has good ISO performance. It is not the brightest zoom lens, and zoom lenses that are brighter than the f/3.5-5.6 aperture listed on the above lens typically have a shorter zoom range (and higher cost). A better option for low-light usage would be either the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, B&H # SO2470282, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony A, B&H # SI241054SO, or the more economical Tamron A09 SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom, B&H # TA287528MAF.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

will this work on alpha 77?

will this work on alpha 77?
Asked by: Dorsey
Yes, the DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM Lens would work on the Sony SLT-A77.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-03-03

question

Will this lens fit the Sony A 380Is the SAL 18135 the same as the DT 18-135ThanksJoe
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes that lens is compatible on the Sony A380. And the lenses are really the same. DT is the branding of the newer lenses.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Hi, how it'll work with Sony Alpha37?

Hi, how it'll work with Sony Alpha37?
Asked by: Alex
If you are referring to the Sony A37, yes it will. This is an A-Mount lens.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-04-07

question

Is this lens available in the E-mount?
Asked by: Sylvan T.
Hi Sylvan T, yes. This lens can be used with an Alpha E-mount camera. However, an adapter will be required and there will be some restrictions. You may refer to this link for more information: http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/compatibility.php?area=gb&lang=en&mdl=SAL18135&cat=3 Regards, -Mark
Answered by: Sony Support Sony Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Can you use this lens on a Sony A6000?
Asked by: Anonymous
Sorry I don't know the answer to that. It came with the Sony A65 that was purchased.
Answered by: Dana S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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