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Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens Review

Sony has announced a new lens for the APS-C E-Mount camera system. the new lens is the Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS. This lens features a 27-200mm equivalent focal range with a max aperture of f/3.5 at the wide end and f/5.6 at the telephoto end. The lens also features a 55m filter thread, making it roughly the same size as the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 lens. While it won’t be quite as wide as the Zeiss, it will give about two times more telephoto reach, making it a great lens for travel and hiking.

This new lens appears to be a great fit with the Sony A6xxx series cameras thanks to it’s small size and great zoom range. Who knows, maybe we will see this offered as a kit with the A6xxx series bodies in the future?

NOTE: While this lens can be mounted on the FE bodies such as the A7/A9 series cameras, doing so will result in a cropped image. For example, if mounted on the 24 megapixel A7II, instead of 24 megapixel images you will get 15 megapixel images. This is not a fault with the lens or the camera, but a design difference between the E and FE mount system. FE cameras have a sensor that is larger than the projected image from the E-mount lenses. Knowing this, Sony sets the full frame A7/A9 bodies to crop out the areas that are not covered by the lens.

Pricing*

  • Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS - $599

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Specs

Focal Length 18 - 135 mm
Max Aperture f/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22-36
Minimum Focus distance 17.72 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.29x
Number of Elements 16
Number of Groups 12
Aperture Blade Design Not Specified
Number of Aperture Blades 7
Filter Size 55 mm
Diameter 2.64 in.
Length 3.46 in.
Weight 0.72 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Metal
Tripod Collar None
Weather Sealed Not Specified
Distance Scale No
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Shade Not Available

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