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SonyE 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens
 
4.1

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (12)
  • Consistent output (8)
  • Easily interchangeable (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Strong construction (6)

Cons

  • Slow focus (8)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (6)
  • Sports/action (3)
  • Travel (3)
  • Wildlife photos (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding Wide-range Zoom

Discussion in the TalkEMount photo forum had me a little worried about this lens and its possibility of being soft at the extreme end (200mm). I was pleasantly surprised however that it is...Read complete review

Discussion in the TalkEMount photo forum had me a little worried about this lens and its possibility of being soft at the extreme end (200mm). I was pleasantly surprised however that it is crystal clear in this case with my Sony a6000. Its zoom lock is very useful, and the zoom is smooth and easy when unlocked. It is a little large for a small camera like the ILCE E-mounts, but given its wide range (18 - 200mm) in good light it dispences the need for other lenses to be carried. Its focusing after major focal length changes can be slow.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as good as the original.

This lens is not close to the original Sony in performance. The AF is slower and at times non existing with low light. Tried both side by side for three days.
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This lens is not close to the original Sony in performance. The AF is slower and at times non existing with low light. Tried both side by side for three days.

Worst part is the softness at the 200 end. Very soft in the center. Did not run any tests with corner sharpness for either.

Size wise is so close to the original that can't see how it would make a difference getting this one over the other. About same price, two ounces heavier and same length.

Hope this helps with your decision
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5.0

Good general purpose lens for travel use.

By Hugh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

Bought this for travel use. It has worked well for me. Very good image quality. I like to shoot flowers, landscapes, animals and a variety of other interesting subjects as I encounter them while traveling. This lens provides flexibility for me.

 
4.0

MEETS A REAL NEED

By Shorebird

from Bedford, NH

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

Until Sony offered this lens, the best bet for the A6000 or 6003 was the 35mm prime. The previous zoom version f4-6.5, though cheaper did not perform adequately. This one does for $850.00 and adds surprisingly little weight to the whole which was my goal. I have a Nikon DSLR cropped sensor and some very nice lenses for it, but the18-300mm zoom begins to wear down the joy of street photography not to mention the 'it's obvious what you are doing' factor. For a lightweight travel camera and lens, this product does not disappoint.

 
5.0

Best Travel Lens

By Super Happy

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

Using the 18-200mm on a6500. It's a great performer. Pictures are sharp and the auto focus is fast for my needs. Got the import model and saved couple of bills. Overall very happy.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Timothy

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

I wasn't sure if I should have gotten this lens or the other, larger, Sony 18-200mm (silver). I can't compare it to the other Sony but this one is smaller, a good build, it performs great. The focus is quick on my a6500 and it's very stabalized even when out towards 200mm. I was nervous when it appeared fairly shaky as I looked through the viewfinder but after I pressed record it was smooth and worked really well!

 
5.0

Good all in one lens for travel

By Hugh

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

I got this lens about two months ago for travel.  After one trip, so far,
this has proven to be an excellent travel lens to use with my Sony A 6000.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Pleased With This Purchase :-)

By Jimmy

from Madison, WI.

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

We're planning a long trip overseas. I'm planning to take my a6000 for packing and space considerations. I have several of the f/2.8 Sigma prime e-mount lenses (small and quite good!), but wanted a versatile zoom as well. Found a like-new lens at B&H which was delivered on time and very well packed (!) today. Have been out and about shooting at all focal lengths. Great color, detail, focus. Just the smallest bit of loss of focus at the edges out at 200mm. But really, that's a nit-pick.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

!!!!

By Lemar

from Detroit

Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

Great lens! Very versatile and I don't have to do a lot of lens changes with this one.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

OK lens

By Opal

from Mendocino County, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

    I bought this lens thinking it would be a good all-in-one travel lens. 2 days later, after testing it out around my house, I returned it. It's not a great lens. It's not a terrible lens. It's an OK lens. Colors do not "pop," images are not sharp, contract is on the low side, and it's a bit washed out looking in low light. True - it's more versatile than a point-and-shoot or smart phone camera, but if you won't be happy with just "OK," then this is not the lens for you. If you're willing to pay a bit more, and don't mind a narrower zoom range, check out Sony's 16-70mm f/4 OSS Lens. THIS is a great lens. And with the extra digital zoom available on Sony cameras, you'll more than make up for what you lose by not getting the 18-200.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My go-to lens

    By TC

    from Washington DC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

      I purchased this lens for my Sony A6000 to be my everyday go-to lens. It fits the bill nicely. The 18-200mm focal range covers all of my needs. The lens is light and makes a perfect walk-around/travel lens mounted on my A6000. I wish it were a bit faster than the f6.3 at the telephoto end, but there isn't an e-mount lens out there that meets that need.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent travel lens

      By PhotoAmateur

      from Hamilton, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

        I have used this lens on an NEX-7 body for almost two years. It is an ideal all-purpose lens for a traveler who prefers to carry a single lens to cover most shooting situations. In my opinion, carrying a lens bag with multiple lenses negates the advantage of traveling with a small mirrorless camera. Image quality is surprisingly good for a zoom lens with an 11x zoom factor. I use this lens for outdoor daytime photography of mostly stationary subjects (predominantly cityscapes and landscapes), and have not noticed the slow focusing described in other reviews; the lens I have used acquires sharp focus quickly. I cannot address its performance for action photography.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        sel18200LE has Problems -

        By Rob William

        from Milton, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

            It randomly "refuses" to focus. It occurs every once in a while, but is now occurring more frequently. When it happens, the shot is lost. This does not appear to be uncommon with this lens. And Sony is not supporting us - $[$] to look at it. I was using it on a Sony Nex-7.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Outstanding Wide-range Zoom

            By Tom_M

            from Frederick, MD

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

            Discussion in the TalkEMount photo forum had me a little worried about this lens and its possibility of being soft at the extreme end (200mm). I was pleasantly surprised however that it is crystal clear in this case with my Sony a6000. Its zoom lock is very useful, and the zoom is smooth and easy when unlocked. It is a little large for a small camera like the ILCE E-mounts, but given its wide range (18 - 200mm) in good light it dispences the need for other lenses to be carried. Its focusing after major focal length changes can be slow.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Worthy Addition

            By TonyK

            from Santa Monica

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

              In the world of super zoom this is better than most. Yes it grows to absurd lengths and yes it is slow but no worse that the other comparable on the market.

              Images are crisp, sharp (relative to what the limitations of this type of lens are) and the IS works well.

              It also is amazingly light and well balanced.

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              • No

              (20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect travel Lense

              By Useppa

              from Boston

              Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

              This is my go-to Lense. When traveling, minimizing gear is a must. I travel internationally about 4 months out of the year. After years of constantly changing lenses, I've found that this 18-200 and a super wide angle is all that I need. I couldn't be happier.

              (16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good quality, slow focusing

              By Dotpixels

              from Reno, Nevada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

              I bought this lens for my new little take everywhere Sony A6000, which has been quite impressive as a camera you can throw in the car, a backpack, or your purse, and pull it out to shoot at a moments notice. The quality of the images taken with this lens is great, but it tends to search a lot, and sometimes won't even focus. I've just started using it, so maybe it's just me, but the lag time doesn't make me happy.
              When Sony finally makes a Zeiss lens to go with this camera, specifically one that will go from wide angle to super telephoto, I'm in. Because there's nothing else available in this size, I would recommend it to someone who needs a travel camera, and doesn't want to carry more than one lens.

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              • No

              (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Convenient walk-around lens

              By Gary

              from Bay Area, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Too Pricey

              Best Uses

              • Dog Park
              • Travelvacation
              • Travel-vacation

              Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

              This is a nice-looking, nice-performing, easy-to-carry companion for my a6000.

              This is not for protraiture or fine-detail work. This is for taking with you to the zoo, amusement park, dog park, vacation, etc.

              Depending on your model NEX/Alpha, it may not be good for low-light/indoors, as it drops quickly from its maximum f3.5 as you zoom. (I don't have that much issue with the a6000, a pretty decent low-light performer.)

              It is as good as or better than any of the newer "superzoom" APS-C and mirrorless lenses out there, such as the latest Sigma 18-200 |C or Lumix 14-140 II.

              It works well with the NEX/Aplha hybrid AF. It's quiet for video (Although, you may prefer the PZ version, if that is your main use.) And, with the built-in lens correction of the a6000, I do not see any CA, and only a little bit of distortion at the wide end and for close shots.

              The biggest con is the price. Similar lenses for Canon/Nikon from Sigma and Tamron are half the price! Even the Lumix equivilent is ~100 cheaper.

              But, e-mount apparently demands a premium compared to other systems, as the Tamron version of this for e-mount is around the same price as the Sony. (and the Sony version is rumored to be a re-brand of the Tamron, which it certainly bears a striking resemblance to.)

              I do recommend it, despite it's high price tag, as it is really the best way to enjoy your e-mount camera in a sightseeing environment.

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              • No

              (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              perfect

              By willumpie

              from netherlands

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

              nothing to add, plain good

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Expensive but convenient

              By Dan

              from Boston

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

                  I was looking for one lens that would allow me to travel light and cover wide angle and zoom. I am casual user so I am not sure if the performance of the lens is the best, but it suites my needs very well and I get really great pictures outdoors. Indoors I need a flash because the f starts at 3.5 (I have another f1.8 for indoor use). I was slightly disappointed from the videos I took because there is no stabilizer (I think there is a different lens that does but it was heavier and bulkier).

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  No Choice But No Complaints

                  By Chenpai

                  from Stamford, CT

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use

                    Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

                    I have the NEX-6. Got tired of missing shots swapping between wide and tele zooms in dynamic environments. Wanted a zoom to cover the range and since I don't shoot video I don't need the PZ model (which is larger, heavier, and more expensive) this was the only option.

                    That said, it is a quality lens (as I would expect from Sony) with sturdy construction and a smooth zoom ring. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because the focus ring is electronic, not mechanical, so I have no way to find infinity in darker scenarios where the AF hunts and fails.

                    Note: I am a casual user and am not 100% sure my last comment on the focus ring is accurate and there could be a way to find infinity I am not aware of. Otherwise I am perfectly happy with this lens, recommend it to others, and have lots of fun with it.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    the all-arounder

                    By Matthew

                    from Yakima, WA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE Lens:

                      I enjoy the flexibility of this lens. I own the equivalent lens for Nikon before adding the NEX-7 to my arsenal. Not stellar in any particular setting but good enough for a wide range. I carry this and the wide angle 10-18mm to cover the whole range while traveling.

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                      • No

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