Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS E-mount lens review by Aavo

reviewer#39929 date: Sep-4-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:E 18-105/4 G PZ OSS
price paid:250 euro (used)
positive:Sharpness, color and contrast up to 70mm
negative:Sharpness, color and contrast over 70mm
Will run up to the 200mm end when lens is held down.
FL marks are weak on the barrel.
comment:I started to look for longer than 105mm (158mm FF) AF lens for e-mount aps-c, needed for documentary work at the investigation/construction sites. I selected this one because of possibility not to switch lenses at the site and because of no need to use AF-compatible adapters. AF speed was not so important here.

I think this lens is good enough up to 70mm (105mm FF) for lot of aplications, and good enough up to 200mm (300mm FF) for documentary work, where in-camera sharpness, color and contrast can just be added for showing pics stright out of the camera. At longer end sharpness, color and contrast are much weaker. Longer end is littlebit slow too. Here a6500's high ISO helps lot. OSS works well. Confortable enough to hold with a6500 grip, probably not whole day, but few hours.

This lens can't replace E 18-105/4G PZ OSS no-where and will probably stay on the shelf in-between these documentary works.

The FL marks on lens barrel are very weak, so it is not possible to see these in shadow.

Added after some more precise documentary work:
This lens is good for such a purpose and has good enough sharpness stright out of the camera.

If one needs lens for such a purpose and can obtain it for small cash, I honestly can recommend it.

One issue I recognised - panorama shooting should be very slow and stabil in low light, other wise a6500 can't save the panorama pic.

Lens is sold after about 2 month use.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.33
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 4.33
  • overall: 4.27 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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