Sony 10-18mm F4 OSS E-mount lens review by ghmcs

reviewer#28620 date: Jul-5-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony FE 16-35mm at 16mm and 18mm
Sony E 18-105mm at 18mm
Rokinon 12mm prime
price paid:
positive:Small, lightweight, OSS
negative:Soft wide-open
comment:I rented a copy of this lens to see if I would be happy selling my FE16-35 and then just carry the E10-18 and E18-105 lenses. This lens is a little soft wide open at all focal lengths. Best IQ is from 12-16mm; 18mm is the worst and 10mm is OK but not great. At 16 and 18mm, the FE16-35 and E18-105 are both better than this lens. At 12mm, if you stop down 2 stops, this zoom is as good as the Rokinon prime. My conclusion is, the selling points for this lens are its small size, light weigh, OSS, and decent IQ from 12-16mm when stopped down.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.60
  • color: 4.90
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.20
  • flare control: 4.30
  • overall: 4.56 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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