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

reviewer#26568 date: Apr-27-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 - DT 18-135 F3.5-5.6 SAM used with LA-E2 adapter on the A6000 and without on the A99. The 18-105 is sharper and focusses a bit better and has less CA but the 18-135 definitely has less distortion.
price paid:$550. CAD
positive:Great lens to take on a short trip or vacation. I bought it for a trip to Venice and never felt I needed anything longer. I did from a shorter 11-18 as well which I did need. Weight is OK and size felt good on my a6000.
negative:Some chromatic Aberration but not too bad. Crazy distortion that, while easily fixed in lightroom, means you may want to zoom out a bit more than you expect or risk loosing some of the left and right edges.
comment:I purchased this lens specifically for my trip to Venice and it did not disappoint, focal length, size, weight and image quality were all great for the price and purpose.

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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