Sony 18-105mm F4 G PZ OSS E-mount lens review by Reinhold_1

reviewer#12219 date: Mar-31-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 24-105/F3,5-4,5,
Sony-Zeiss DT 16-80/F3.5-4.5.
price paid:498,00 €
positive:Very useful focal length range from 27 to 152,5 mm, constant light intensity, constant length, sharp, built in OSS, power-zoom (PZ) - so fast, well built, G-lens!
negative:The distortion of this lens is fierce! By the PZ function the energy consumption increases enormously because, for example, when shot down the camera the lens always moves back to the shortest focal length.
comment:The heavy distortion is very well corrected by the camera in .jpg-mode. Not for .raw-files! This lens is sharper than the Minolta 24-105 and it has above all much better colors. Except for the distortion I see it about on a level with the Sony Zeiss 16-80 in wider (back to top) zoom range. Conclusion: If I can take only one lens, then the Sony E 18-105/F4.0 G PZ OSS. Mind your accumulator!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 4.42
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 3.83
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.50 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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