CES 2018: Sony Introduces 18-135mm Lens and Silver a6300 Mirrorless Camera

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Reinforcing its APS-C portfolio, Sony has just announced a new standard zoom 18-135mm lens for E-mount mirrorless cameras, along with a silver version of the immensely popular Alpha a6300 mirrorless camera. With the 18-135mm, Sony fills in a missing gap in its APS-C zoom lineup, and this new lens serves to be a comfortable fit for tackling a wide variety of subjects.

The E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is a 27-202.5mm equivalent zoom, and an ideal all-around lens for a5000 and a6000-series shooters. Spanning a wide-angle to telephoto range, this versatile zoom is well suited to working in a large variety of environments and its lightweight design benefits all-day use. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is featured, which compensates for camera shake to help produce sharper imagery when shooting handheld. A linear AF motor also contributes to sharp imagery with its quick and accurate performance, and it is designed for quiet operation to benefit video recording.


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

Complementing the handling is a smart optical design, which makes use of an aspherical element to limit spherical aberrations and distortion, along with two extra-low dispersion elements to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range.

Announced alongside the new lens is the silver version of the a6300, which is available as a body only or in a kit with the E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens. Sharing the same spec set as the existing a6300, including its 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, UHD 4K video recording, and 4D FOCUS with 425 phase-detection points, this new silver version appeals to those in search of something a bit different from the de rigueur black camera body.


Sony a6300 kit with the E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

What do you think of Sony's commitment to its APS-C system? Are you more of an 18-135mm fan or an 18-55mm fan? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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When I bought my NEX-7 a few years ago, I also purchased Tamron's 18mm-200mm  model B011 lens, which is woefully soft at the long end.  I've had the opportunity to try Sony's 55mm-210mm lens, and it is noticeably better.  When traveling abroad, I am willing to make some trade-offs in image quality in return for the convenience of being able to spend the days shooting with just a 10mm-18mm, the 18mm-200mm, and a few extra batteries along, but I am too often disappointed to see potentially good photos ruined by poor optics.  Having very little need for the full range of the Tamron lens, especially in urban settings, I'm eager to see if this new, slightly shorter lens is any better at the telephoto end.

I previously shot with a Canon EOS 5D mark II and toted around a 16mm-35mm, a 24mm-105mm, and a 100mm-400mm lens, all of the hefty, L-series variety.  I currently use an a6300, and get a lot more pleasure from the photography experience, especially in light of the changes made between the NEX-7 and the a6300.  That said, I do feel like there are many areas for improvement in the Sony APS-C environment, from little things like a more accurately functioning scroll wheel to a lens line that puts its main focus, as it were, on image quality.  

A silver a6300? I was hoping for much more from Sony's APS-C development this year at CES. The 18-135 feels like the same small improvement. That is, over its 18-105 G OSS zoom. Sony proves it can move in great spurts with electronic innovations but it really needs to round out its E-mount lens offerings for its a6XXXX line before it can rev up excitement. A really great 16-50 f/2.8 would be great and some self-branded wide angles.

The lens looks like a great alternative to building up an arsenal of focal points to cover the same range! Sadly for me, I've already ventured down the path, but for those who haven't... nice way to cut down on the in-field swapping I find myself doing. The price is very attractive considering the multiple purchases I made.

I would love for Sony to develop an A mount APS-C solution to internal 4k recording and full manual control when video recording while using autofocus.