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

reviewer#36822 date: Apr-8-2017
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:Minolta AF100 F2 (A-mount)
Sony Zeiss Vario Sonnar DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 (A-mount)
Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 (A-mount)
Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS (E-mount)
Minolta AF 50 F1.7 (A-mount)
price paid:€ 504 (2017)
positive:Weight, constant aperture, internal zoom and focus, seamless additional digital zoom 18-210 effectively, or with loss of resolution 18-420, good contrast
negative:always back to 18mm after power down, size, 72mm front lens, distortion when using RAW (perfect correction in JPEG by camera)
comment:This lens is a significant improvement for the 16-50 kit lens; not so much at the wide end (18mm) but increasingly when zooming in. At 50mm F4 it easily beats the kit lens at 50mm F8. Beyond 35mm it is a match with the CZ 16-80 and the Minolta 28-135 in sharpness and even better in contrast. The sharpness almost matches the fixed focus minolta lenses 50/f1.7 and 100/f2. On the NEX-6 it feels a well balanced combo.

rating summary

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  • 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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