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

reviewer#28621 date: Jul-5-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:FE 16-35
E 55-210 at 55, 70 and 100mm
price paid:560 USD
positive:relatively light weight, useful focal length range, IQ 1 or 2 stops down from wide open
negative:physical size, soft wide open at all focal lengths
comment:I enjoy using this lens as my everyday, walk-around lens. It is soft at f/4, but with a little sharpening in post I can't tell the result from an image shot at a native f/5.6. No question, the FE 16-35 has better IQ. But, this lens is better than the E 55-210 from 55-100mm. So, if you want to carry just 1 lens, this one is a good choice.

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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