Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount lens review by leohendriks

reviewer#44091 date: Jun-22-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
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:16-50 on A6000.
16-80 Zeiss on A580 (sold)
24-85 Mi, 28-75 Mi on A850.
price paid:€ 599
non rotating front element
filter size
negative:less speedy focus as kit lens
comment:I recently moved to e-mount APS-C A6000 with 16-50. My first search was for travel zoom. I had my eye on a 16-70 and the 18-135. The good reviews and manual focus (battery life) made me decide for the 18-135.
I shoot RAW and do landscape most of the time.
I am going to use this combination for multiday backpacking and cycling (hence battery life).

Sharpness of the 18-135 is far better then the 16-50. I would say equal to the 16-80 on A580 (gestimating) except for borders that stay behind a bit. Colors are okay and distortion is heavy (like 16-50). Without correction it would get a 3 (assume a RAW converter without distortion correction). No experience with flare yet (will update in a few weeks).
The distortion is no problem when shooting jpg or using LR.
I have no concerns on sharpness as DMF always allows me to correct. AF seems not as fast as with the 16-50 (can anybody confirm that?).

My lacking wide angle landscape coverage will be filled in later.

I let my A580 with Zeiss go for this and do not regret.
Maybe I switch to FF e-mount and sell my A850 with gear as well as I am pretty impressed with the A6000 + 18-135.

Flare update:
no concerns here. Lens seems pretty robust.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.79
  • color: 4.71
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 4.14
  • flare control: 4.71
  • overall: 4.64 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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