Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 4   
reviewer#44177 date: Nov-18-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:1. 16-50PZ
2. 24-70/4
price paid:400 USD (New)
positive:1. Light weight
2. Size
3. Sharpness
4. Range
negative:Aperture drop too fast
comment:A very good range kit lens, well pairing with A6000.
Image sharpness is very good but u still need Zeiss lens on the micro contrast.
I give 4.5 Star on this lens intern of price vs performance.
reviewer#44091 date: Jun-22-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
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
positive:sharpness
weight
size
non rotating front element
filter size
negative:less speedy focus as kit lens
pricey
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.
reviewer#44045 date: Apr-16-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-105/4 G OSS PZ
Sony 16-50/3,5-5,6 OSS PZ
price paid:640€
positive:Sharpness, color, contrast
Small and lightweight, well built.
Max magnification 0,29
AF/MF switch on the barrel
negative:No weather sealing
comment:Great centre area sharpness over entire focal length at max aperture and over the frame when littlebit stoped down. Nice colors and contrast. Optically same or few better than PZ 18-105/4 G OSS. I have replaced my PZ 18-105/4 G OSS with this newer one.

Max aperture on my copy:
Up to 20mm F3,5 (30mm full frame)
About 20-27mm F4,0 (30-40mm)
About 27-40mm F4,5 (40-60mm)
About 40-60mm F5,0 (60-90mm)
Over 60mm F5,6 (90mm)

Added:
135(202)mm edges and corners are algready very good at F5,6. It means in normal light this lens can be used as constant F5,6 lens over whole zoom range. It is impressive. I agree with Reinhold_1 - for every day and travel use this lens can be highly recommended. Thank you, Reinhold_1! I bought this lens based on your No1 opinion here at Dyxum.

Added day later:
After whole day shooting outdoor I have changed sharpness rating from 4,5 to 5. If to think, that this is 7,5x zoom from wide angle to long enough tele, and to think about the cost of this lens, then this zoom deserves sharpness rating 5.

Added few days later:
I have made 2 shots with 135(202)mm FL for extreme task. You can find these at Random shots (59), April 18, 2018. It is impressive for me, that light gray text with 1,5mm height on the blue lable is fully readable from 5,0m distance, if located in centre area of the frame even at max aperture F5,6 for this FL. And these are not test shots - these are real world shots - handheld, stabilisation on and no PP.

Added final thoughts after 2 weeks use:
Highly recommended for every day use and travelling, if you have at least 1 fast prime (proper for your needs) to compensate not so fast max aperture (compared to 16-70/4 and 18-105/4) at the longer end .

After my first longer trip with this zoom in Sept 2018:

The main reasons I keep it, is sharpness with nice color and 7,5x zoom. It is smaller and lighter compared to PZ 18-105/4 G OSS.

After my last trip to Spain I found, how much easier is carry a6500 + 18-135 combo compared to a6500 + 18-105 combo, including to keep lens safely mounted. Hood can be left in the bag, as one hand shooting is very much ok and other can hide from sun.

If there is no idea to make movies lot (PZ is not mandatory), then 18-135 is just fine and more fun. Direct mechanical zoom makes stills shooting more precise and quicker.

Happy with this new compaion.
reviewer#43013 date: Feb-13-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Carl Zeiss 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS
Sony 18-105mm F4 G PZ OSS
price paid:637,00 €
positive:Very versatile focal length range, faster, quieter and more accurate AF, small and lightweight, short minimum focusing distance, OSS, 55 mm filter diameter, separate AF/MF-switch, does not consume as much power as the power zoom lens E PZ 18-105 mm G OSS.
negative:Nothing that bothers me. The existing distortion (especially in the WA-range) is effectively eliminated by the camera.
comment:Same with the mentioned comparison lenses. Better telephoto range and less distortion than the 18-105 mm G, better flare control than the 16-70 mm ZA. Surprisingly sharp over the entire focal length range! For me the ideal travel zoom, fits perfectly with the SWA-zoom 10-18 mm F4. I am very impressed of this small lens - highly recommended!
reviews found: 4   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.88
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.25
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.78

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