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Sony SAL-16105 vs SAL-18250?

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    Posted: 01 May 2009 at 10:21
Hi,

Just a quick question on the performance between these 2 lenses (Sony SAL-16105 vs SAL-18250) in the range from 18-105 (only in this range is what I would like to find out)?
Please let me know your thought on performance base on these criteria: (If you don't want to go into details for each of them, please tell me at least whether if the different is significant or not).
- Bokeh
- Sharpness
- Color
- Barrel/Pincushion
- Flare control
- Aperture speed
- Focus speed/hunt

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Edited by gurluver - 01 May 2009 at 10:25
 



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Hi, I have both lenses used on A300/A700. Answer to your question, I am very satisfied with performance of both lenses.

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Imho the 16-105 beats thes 18-250 in all your criteria.

The 16-105 is obviously sharper and faster.
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I only have the 18-250, not the 16-105, but tried to find out similar things before buying. I think there is not too much in the differences and the range difference is actually most important. Close focusing on the 18-250 was, for me, also a deciding factor.

- bokeh: don't know; not too much in it I guess. Of course, with the longer range of the 18-250 you can do types of bokeh shots you can't on the 16-105.
- sharpness: a draw. 18-250 is very good though.
- colour: a draw.
- barrel/pincushion: 16-105 should win by a slight margin. Correctable in PP.
- flare control: a draw.
- aperture speed: in the medium range 18-250 has a very slight advantage, if I recall correctly.
- focus speed: depends on the camera, but that's where the 16-105 should win.

Edit: When you see critical remarks about the sharpness of the 18-250 these mostly concern the last 50mm of the range or so. That's also where I find sharpness gets worse. I rarely use the lens beyond 200-210mm.



Edited by Maurus - 01 May 2009 at 10:35
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Sorry, I forgot to ask about chromatic aberration and vignetting...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maurus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2009 at 10:53
Compare here and here. The Sony version of the 18-250 will behave similarly (even if not exactly the same).
 



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