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Tamron18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Silver)
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (19)
  • Durable (15)
  • Easily interchangeable (15)
  • Consistent output (14)
  • Strong construction (14)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Heavy (4)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Sports/action (12)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
  • Travel (7)
  • Low light (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A nice surprise - worth getting

Super super nice - do not get a NEX body with a kit the 18-55 mm lens - get this lens. It is slightly longer than the kit lens retractet and it is...Read complete review

Super super nice - do not get a NEX body with a kit the 18-55 mm lens - get this lens. It is slightly longer than the kit lens retractet and it is not that heavy - it is slightly narrower then the Sony silver 70-200 so it suits the body better - it is also in black - it is a nicer lens then the black Sony 70-200 e-mount which is even more money.I compared all 3 lenses - it was a toss between the older silver Sony and the Tamron as far as speed and quality and use - but with the ligher weight and narrower and being black to match my NEX 7 it was a no brainer. It is not fair to compare this allaround 18-200 lens with a prime lens at its focal lenght - but this lens is absolutly close to the best allaround 18-200 out there - all 18-200 have some weaknesses compared to primes and narrower focal lenghts like 24-70 - but this is a good as it gets - Nice build quality and very quiet.adjusting focal lenght is a bit firmer than the Sony but the great advantage over the Sony is that the Tamron has no lens greep lile the Sony has.The vibration control works well and gives you at least a Stop when hand holding in low light.For events now I can unload the full size DSLR with my Nikor 70-200 2.8 for some periods and just use my 2 Sony NEX bodys - NEX 5n with a 16mm 2.8 for group shots etc. and the NEX 7 with the Tamron - even though I do cary with me the Sony 50mm 1.8 for very low light situations - so a varied aperture lens of course cannot compare with a constant 2.8 lens - but when possible there is a great advantage of the small size of a NEX body and a small lens like the Tamron - not just weight but also when taking candit shots - people feel more relaxed with a smaller camera kit verses the full size DSLR body and say the long 70-200mm 2.8 So allaround a superb allaround lens - not to mention for street photography - traveling with a NEX 5/6/7 and this Tamron 70-200 verses a full size DSLR us a drean - safe your back :)It is about [$] cheaper then the silver Sony - and much better then the black Sony and less money - I only hope that Tamron come out with more lenses to get the e-mount lenses down in price.Compared to the 18-55 mm Sony kit lens this is just a tad heaver and a tad longer detracted - but what a differense in build quailty and reach and out of focus blur - An absolute must have for your NEX body -

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor light focus with Sony A6000

I've had the 18-200 as my only lens for a new A-6000 for about 3 months. I'm disappointed. In any but bright conditions the lens "seeks" or...Read complete review

I've had the 18-200 as my only lens for a new A-6000 for about 3 months. I'm disappointed. In any but bright conditions the lens "seeks" or "hunts" in autofocus. To achieve focus and shoot, I must either go to manual focus or move the focus select from the shutter to the AEL or other back button so I can de-select autofocus prior to shooting.

Sony has released a camera body software upgrade that may partially address this problem in conjunction with a complementary lens upgrade, but Tamron has no corresponding lens upgrade available and while willing to examine the lens under warranty, has no specific fix for the focus difficulty.

The lens is, in my opinion, a 4 star or better in high light but drops to "unacceptable" in low light conditions.

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4.0

Great Lens for the Sony A6000

By Stannich

from Port Washington, NY

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

    A very nice, solid lens for the A6000. It is a good work around lens and is what I normally use. It does weigh more than I would like, but any less weight would mean that a less solid lens.

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    5.0

    Great Lens, using it for eight years!

    By capture man

    from Sri Lanka

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Easy to handle
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Difficult to Clean
    • Less Problems

    Best Uses

    • Distant Is Clear
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

    Great Lens, It covers Indore and outside very well. Used it for the last eight years, no problem.Since lately developed 'Error 99'.It is now under service.Please recommend a solution.Thank you.norton

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    4.0

    Better than most reviews.

    By Baz

    from Perth Western Australia

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • I Can't Think Of Any For

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

    I use this lens all the time as a shoot on opportunity lens. I initially had the focusing problems that others have described but whether it was the Sony NEX-7 upgrade or just the user and the camera getting it right it is now a fast focusing lens in all but very poor light. My camera has to be ready to shoot and this lens helps that process just fine.

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    4.0

    Good all purpose lense

    By Gisbit

    from Upland, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

      I got the lense so I had a good all range lense for when I am out with family and this lense did not dissapoint. The camera can take a little while to focus in low light scenarios but is very accurate in well lit scenarios, such as daylight. Currently I have taken around 100 shots, 460 total photos because of burst mode, and only 2 cases had the auto-focus fail.

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      2.0

      Poor light focus with Sony A6000

      By Stu

      from Delray Beach, Florida

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      Pros

      • Easy Zoom
      • Good High Light Peerforma
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slow Focus
      • Unacceptable Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Walk around lens

      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

      I've had the 18-200 as my only lens for a new A-6000 for about 3 months. I'm disappointed. In any but bright conditions the lens "seeks" or "hunts" in autofocus. To achieve focus and shoot, I must either go to manual focus or move the focus select from the shutter to the AEL or other back button so I can de-select autofocus prior to shooting.

      Sony has released a camera body software upgrade that may partially address this problem in conjunction with a complementary lens upgrade, but Tamron has no corresponding lens upgrade available and while willing to examine the lens under warranty, has no specific fix for the focus difficulty.

      The lens is, in my opinion, a 4 star or better in high light but drops to "unacceptable" in low light conditions.

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      5.0

      Love it - Just want I was looking for

      By Maria Antonieta

      from New York, NY

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Zoom Is A Bit Tight

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

      I wanted a travel lens for my Sony Nex7 as I was tired of changing lenses on the run. The Sony lens that I was considering was too heavy and made my camera clumsy. I found this lens at the Tamron Expo exhibit and returned the following day for a second look. As soon as I held the lens it felt right. After I attended a lecture from a professional photographer that uses the lens with his Nex7 camera I made the decision to buy it.

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      2.0

      Not fully compatible with my Sony NEX 7

      By grandfather

      from Espoo, Finland

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Compability Wit Nex 7
      • The Automatic Exposure

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

      Travel and family photography.

      1.The shutter does not work correctly every time, remains open over 30 sec.
      2.When starting the camera it say´s sometimes "unknown lens" and it is not possible to take any photos.
      3.Sometimes the camera (Sony Nex 7) is totally dead.

      When changing the kit lens, sony 18-55mm, the camera, however, works ok.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By LE in Alabama

      from Fairhope, AL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

        I am not an expert photographer by any means; I know just enough to get by. I recently returned from a vacation trip to the Grand Canyon and although I took several other lenses, I found myself using this one pretty much exclusively. The convenience of the zoom means everything when you want to photograph everything!

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        4.0

        pretty good, not thrilling

        By Miriam

        from Virgina

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • One Lens Does Most

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

        • All in one
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

        Things that are great: one lens, many focal lengths. Less great, the longer focal lengths are not as good as the shorter ones. I was hoping to use it to shoot some events. It is only so-so at the longer lengths. I bought this to go with my NEX-7. This set is to be a lightweight sub for my big DSLR and lens.

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        5.0

        Another Great Tamron Lens

        By alansf

        from San Francisco, CA

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Solid feel

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

        I bought this as a travel lens. I hate changing lenses when on vacation. I have used several Tamron lenses in the past and they have been great. Quality control is good and I have never been disappointed. I currently use two Tamron lenses on my Nikon D700 and this lens has similar high quality. Autofocus at 200 mm is not ery fast but I think that is a function of the Sony autofocus system not the lens. The trick is to focus before extending the telephoto to the full 200mm.

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        5.0

        This is an excellent purchase

        By Rob

        from Leopold Australia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • A little slow to focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

        This Tamron Lens is an excellent alternative to Sony's example.
        It is a beautiful lens and is a perfect match to the Black NEX7, It produces good sharp contrasting images through zoom ratios.
        The internal focusing mechanism without the body ring turning is good feature

        I am very happy with my purchase from B&H

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        5.0

        A nice surprise - worth getting

        By jon i

        from San Diego

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

          Super super nice - do not get a NEX body with a kit the 18-55 mm lens - get this lens. It is slightly longer than the kit lens retractet and it is not that heavy - it is slightly narrower then the Sony silver 70-200 so it suits the body better - it is also in black - it is a nicer lens then the black Sony 70-200 e-mount which is even more money.I compared all 3 lenses - it was a toss between the older silver Sony and the Tamron as far as speed and quality and use - but with the ligher weight and narrower and being black to match my NEX 7 it was a no brainer. It is not fair to compare this allaround 18-200 lens with a prime lens at its focal lenght - but this lens is absolutly close to the best allaround 18-200 out there - all 18-200 have some weaknesses compared to primes and narrower focal lenghts like 24-70 - but this is a good as it gets - Nice build quality and very quiet.adjusting focal lenght is a bit firmer than the Sony but the great advantage over the Sony is that the Tamron has no lens greep lile the Sony has.The vibration control works well and gives you at least a Stop when hand holding in low light.For events now I can unload the full size DSLR with my Nikor 70-200 2.8 for some periods and just use my 2 Sony NEX bodys - NEX 5n with a 16mm 2.8 for group shots etc. and the NEX 7 with the Tamron - even though I do cary with me the Sony 50mm 1.8 for very low light situations - so a varied aperture lens of course cannot compare with a constant 2.8 lens - but when possible there is a great advantage of the small size of a NEX body and a small lens like the Tamron - not just weight but also when taking candit shots - people feel more relaxed with a smaller camera kit verses the full size DSLR body and say the long 70-200mm 2.8 So allaround a superb allaround lens - not to mention for street photography - traveling with a NEX 5/6/7 and this Tamron 70-200 verses a full size DSLR us a drean - safe your back :)It is about [$] cheaper then the silver Sony - and much better then the black Sony and less money - I only hope that Tamron come out with more lenses to get the e-mount lenses down in price.Compared to the 18-55 mm Sony kit lens this is just a tad heaver and a tad longer detracted - but what a differense in build quailty and reach and out of focus blur - An absolute must have for your NEX body -

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          4.0

          a surprising super-zoom

          By raviv m

          from israel

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Efficient stabilizer
          • Huge Range
          • No lens creep
          • Sharp
          • Silent AF
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Allround
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

          i bought this lens two weeks ago for my NEX7. i have experience with a few lenes from different manufacturers (zooms & primes), but never had a super-zoom before. i needed a travel lens and the Tamron 18-200 seemed the best choise for size, quality and price. i also have very good experience with Tamron 17-50 but didn't expect the same IQ.The bottom line is that the 18-200 has much better optics than i expected. when shooting in good light it's really sharp, has good contrast, vibrant colors and has no isuues like heavy distortions, CA and flare. i guess the NEX7 handles some of these problems typical for long zoom lenses.the build quality is very impressive, lens body made of metal and the size and weight are reasonable. the focus is completely silent, and tha stabilizer is very efficient.When shooting indoors you get to the limits of the lens, especially slow focus. this is typical to super-zooms but still irritating. i use primes indoors instead of the Tamron.Final word: I find this lens a VERY good super zoom, especially the optics, build quality and stabilizer. as long as you understand the limits you'll get great photos.

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          4.0

          Good, but could be a bit better

          By msklbright

          from Honolulu, HI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Lens Creep
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Silver):

          I bought this in conjunction with a NEX-7 body. I've used Tamron lenses before and like them as a more affordable option to propritary lenses. My only complaint is the focus creaps sometimes when fully-zoomed.

          Aside from that, it's a good walk-around lens.

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          4.0

          GREAT FOR AIRSHOWS

          By Rosco

          from Sydney Australia

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          Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

          I have a Sony Nex 5N. The 18-55mm lens is good for local photography but not for distant stuff eg events like airshows etc. In these circumstances the 18-200mm lens is great. The wide zoom range makes it easy to locate moving objects with wide angle before zooming in with telephoto. It is portable and powerful. The stabilizer works well and detail / definition of the photos is great. It is a little too big for everyday use.

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          5.0

          Sharp, versatile, balances the camera.

          By Bill

          from Amarillo, Texas

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

            Even the kit lens makes the NEX7 essentially unpocketable, so I use it on a neck strap, and this super zoom is not too heavy or bulky for strap use. The shiny surface matches the camera very well, they look like they were made for each other, which of course they were. The lens feels solid and functions smoothly. It is very sharp. It balances the camera well since the left hand has something substantial to hold on to, but like all (except the pancake) NEX lenses it's size looks a little disproportionate to the camera body. I think it is good value for the money; less expensive than the Sony offerings, with essentially the same specs as the new Sony zoom.

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            5.0

            nice superzoom

            By western runner

            from la, ca

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Silver):

            relative to other superzooms, this is probably tops. i've extensively used a nikkor 18-200vrii and tamron 18-200 for sony aps-c slts. this lens is as sharp as the nikon and sharper than the other tamron. what puts it over the top is its great build (metal on plastic, nice zoom ring), tight feel, and the best image stabilization i've seen on a lens. given that nex bodies rely on the lens for stabilization, a superzoom really needs it and this lens has better implementation than either the sony 18-55 kit or the 50 1.8. 1/10th sec handheld zoomed in a decent amount has no blur (unless the subject is moving of course). a little large on a 5n, pretty good proportionally to a 7 (i use both). for the price, its a very good all-in-one solution. great for travel and when you don't want to carry all your lenses.

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            5.0

            handy

            By weaning

            from philippines

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

              single lens for all the job

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              5.0

              GREAT!!!

              By Robert

              from Miami, fl

              About Me Casual Photographer

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Silver):

              As a novice photographer, I was truly impressed with the quality of the pictures and ease of use of my new lense. I recently used my lense in Chicago with my 5 year old daughter- the pictures turned out fabulous.

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              5.0

              Surprisingly good value

              By Taos Dan

              from Taos, NM

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

              Bought to use with my NEX-7, and it will likely be my "normal" lens. Nice edge sharpness even wide open, integrates perfectly with the camera. Very fast focus too, and reasonably quiet in video mode (using an external mic). Wish it came with a fitted case for those times when it's off the camera. Only negative is that it is heavy relative to the camera body ... but then pretty much any zoom is going to be heavier than the NEX-7.

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