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

reviewer#46990 date: Mar-18-2024
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Nothing I own
price paid:RRP Netherlands
positive:Compact and lightweight, exactly why I bought it. Plastic fantastic, but done in the right way. Sharp enough, no complaints. OSS works nicely, after all it is a slow lens with 200 mm FF equivalent.
negative:Distortion in RAW is pretty bad, compose the wide angles with some room to wriggle. Apparently jpegs are OK. Lightroom profile works reasonable well, but there is always puppet warp.
comment:Surprisingly well functioning package. Convenient mechanical zoom and focus rings, No weather sealing and diaphragm ring, extends when zoomed, but this helps to keep things small and light.

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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