Sony 10-18mm F4 OSS E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 9   
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:
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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.
reviewer#24485 date: Feb-6-2016
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 17-35mm f2.8-4 D
Canon 17-40mm f4 L
Sony 20mm f2.8 AF
Nikon 20mm f2.8 D AF
price paid:£550.00
positive:One of the best performing zooms ever, small and light and great image quality. Still works well on full frame 14-16mm
negative:Nothing, It seemed expensive at first, but unlike some Sony zoom lenses, even Zeiss badged ones it really delivers.
comment:I love this lens, really good on my NEX7 and also works really well on my full frame Sony A7R. Excellent for landscape work and travelling light.
reviewer#24470 date: Jan-16-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 own this lens
compared to:Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8
price paid:NOK 6400
positive:Sharp, compact, OSS, very useful range.
negative:None so far.
comment:This is my second lens. I sold the first one because I was able to get a used 12mm Touit. Then I found out that I liked the zoom better, sold the Touit and bought a new zoom. It is less sharp in the corners wide open than the Touit (that's why I give it a 4.5 for sharpness.
Because of the OSS it actually has better low-light performance.
reviewer#21449 date: Dec-5-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Samyang 12 F2 NCS CS, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 in a mount
price paid:Trade +300 euros new
positive:Small, light, sharp, good contrast, nice colours, oss, constant f4, fast AF
negative:Price???
comment:My favorite uwa lens!
reviewer#18376 date: Oct-14-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Sony FE 28mm. Zeiss FE 35mm. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sony FE 85. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM.
price paid:£408.00
positive:Small, light, sharp, great colours, great contrast, OSS. Can even be used full frame with some post correction.
negative:APS-C native.
comment:One of the best all round super wide angle zoom lenses that I have ever owned.
Great little lens. A gem on the A6000 also.

I still use this lens on my A7r3 on apse for travel as it is still the best for size and weight, it is however, as you might expect surpassed by the 16-35GM for overall image quality on full frame sensors.
reviewer#16300 date: Jul-11-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Nikon 12-24 f4
price paid:750 USD (used)
positive:Solid build
Nice and sharp all over from f8
Acceptably sharp even wide open
Usable 12-15mm range on full frame with very minor vignetting
OSS
Constant f4
negative:A bit soft in the corners wide open
comment:An excellent UWA zoom option for both APS-C and full frame, although technically it's not a full-frame lens. There's no other native E mount option for a UWA zoom, so the fact that this lens is very acceptable on full frame is a real bonus (I originally bought it for use with the NEX-6). Nice contrast and excellent color rendition.
reviewer#12217 date: Mar-30-2015
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF 17-35 F3.5 G
Sony - AF DT 11-18 F4.5-5.6 D
price paid:698,00 €
positive:Amazingly focal range at the lower end of the scale. The design-related distortion is compensated by the automatic fix relatively easily, fixed aperture (F4.0), built in OSS, sharp!
negative:Nothing.
comment:Essential lens as part of my travel gear. The possibility of zooming allows precise framing eg in architecture and landscape. Not quite as good as the Minolta AF 17-35, but much better than the Sony DT 11-18!
Overall: Highly recommended!

Supplement:

Ideal combination with the new Sony E 3.5-5.6 / 18-135 mm OSS - focal lengths from 15 mm up to 405 mm with the lowest weight and reasonable image quality!
reviewer#11560 date: Dec-27-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 own this lens
compared to:Tokina 11-16 in a mount
price paid:
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positive:Nice and sharp
Relatively distortion free for an ultra wide
Lightweight
Constant aperture
Optical stabilisation
negative:Some coma
A little on the large size (but still lightweight)
Pricey for an aps-c lens.
comment:An excellent ultra wide angle. IQ is generally very good bordering on excellent. It's not as fast or sharp as the Tokina a mount lens but much light and is stabilised - the OSS us hardly essential on a wide angle but it's there and works well so I see it as a bonus... Blur free Handheld shots at 1/4 of a second are achievable with this lens. It's not a cheap lens but one I keep permanently on one of my nex cameras.
reviewer#11427 date: Nov-3-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20/4-5.6
KM 17-35/2.8-4 D (on FF)
price paid:~ 600 €
positive:Very good WA zoom for e-mount, Still better in the corners then the A-mount Sigma 10-20/4-5.6 and a KM 17-35/2.8-4 D on FF
Constant f4
Nice contrasty and crisp images with pleasing color and rendering
Haven't seen much flare while using the lens
Distortion and vignetting easily corrected in Lightroom
Usable on Full Frame from around 12/13 mm until 16 mm (but don't forget to take off the hood when using it that way)
negative:Quite big vs. most other e-moaunt lenses I have (especially the diameter)
comment:If you're into landscapes or wide angle cityscapes it's a very good lens, allthough not really cheap. But you get what you pay for, a very decent performer that will bring you many great pictures.
reviews found: 9   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 4.61
  • color: 4.89
  • build: 4.78
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 4.33
  • overall: 4.59

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