Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount lens review by leohendriks
|leohendriks#44091 date: Jun-22-2018|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||16-50 on A6000.|
16-80 Zeiss on A580 (sold)
24-85 Mi, 28-75 Mi on A850.
|price paid:||€ 599|
non rotating front element
|negative:||less speedy focus as kit lens|
|comment:||I recently moved to e-mount APS-C A6000 with 16-50. My first search was for travel zoom. I had my eye on a 16-70 and the 18-135. The good reviews and manual focus (battery life) made me decide for the 18-135.|
I shoot RAW and do landscape most of the time.
I am going to use this combination for multiday backpacking and cycling (hence battery life).
Sharpness of the 18-135 is far better then the 16-50. I would say equal to the 16-80 on A580 (gestimating) except for borders that stay behind a bit. Colors are okay and distortion is heavy (like 16-50). Without correction it would get a 3 (assume a RAW converter without distortion correction). No experience with flare yet (will update in a few weeks).
The distortion is no problem when shooting jpg or using LR.
I have no concerns on sharpness as DMF always allows me to correct. AF seems not as fast as with the 16-50 (can anybody confirm that?).
My lacking wide angle landscape coverage will be filled in later.
I let my A580 with Zeiss go for this and do not regret.
Maybe I switch to FF e-mount and sell my A850 with gear as well as I am pretty impressed with the A6000 + 18-135.