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Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 E-Mount Lens

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  • High-magnification zoom with image stabilization
  • 18 mm wide-angle to 200 mm telephoto assures coverage to capture any scene
  • Optical image stabilization expands hand-held shooting options

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Product Description

E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE

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E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens

From sweeping landscapes through portraits to sports and wildlife, this lens will cover it all. In 35mm full-frame format terms the 11x zoom range of this lens goes from 27mm wide to 300mm telephoto, with superb image quality all the way thanks to an advanced optical design and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. That’s heavyweight performance in the lightest and most compact 18-200 mm zoom in the E-mount lineup. The perfect travel lens.

E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens


Circular Aperture
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Aspherical lens elements

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass

As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.

Aspherical lens elements

Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.

Lens-based optical image stabilization

Lens-based optical image stabilization

Gyro sensors built into the lens detect even the slightest movement, and the stabilization lens is precisely shifted to counteract any image blur that might occur. The use of precision, quiet linear motors and technology inherited from high-end Sony professional camcorders results in exceptionally quiet, effective image stabilization that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.

Additional Features

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.

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2012 Sony Electronics, Inc. All rights reserved. Sony, the Sony logo, Alpha, “α” and Super SteadyShot are trademarks of Sony. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.7 x 2.7 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B00836H2DQ
  • Item model number: SEL18200LE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 17, 2012

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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Advocate on July 13, 2012
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I received the LE (Light Edition??) today. I previously owned both the Tamron E-mount 18-200 and the original Sony 18-200.

Even though the lens appears to be manufactured by Tamron which is in part owned by Sony, I find the focus speed on the LE to surpass the Tamron. Others have said the OSS is also better. It looks like Sony tweeked the internal programming. The zoom ring is smooth. The size of the lens is much better for the Nex 7 than the original. I think it is worth the premium over the Tamron.

UPDATE 2/5/2013. Sony has announced a firmware update for this lens to make it compatible with the new PDAF autofocusing. The update will require that existing lenses be sent back to Sony to apply the update. If you are buying a new lens, make sure you ask if the firmware has been updated.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazing planet on July 20, 2012
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After reading all of the currently available reviews on the SEL18200LE I could find, I ended up purchasing one here on Amazon, and so far my first impressions are excellent.
I currently have the Kit 18-55 lens, and the SEL55210 lens. After seeing the compactness/portability of this 18-200LE, I am most likely going to sell my SEL55210 (which is also a good lens) as it will duplicate much of the use of this lens.

The only single slightly negative thing that I noticed on first impression, is the stiffness of the zoom ring.
It's definitely harder to turn and not as smooth as the SEL55210... BUT after a few days of use, it seems to be feeling smoother now (or i'm just getting used to it). The focus ring is silky-smooth and nice.
The focus ring is also located closer to the body (compared to the SEL1855 and SEL55210), which is what I prefer to fine-tune images with my ring finger.

I almost bought the original SEL18200, but prefer the black color which matches perfectly with the NEX-7, and thinner (and lighter) so it doesn't look so bulky. Although both SEL18200 and SEL18200LE have the OSS Optical Steady Shot, only the SEL18200 has the Active Steady shot (which makes video even more smooth)... i guess you can't have everything. Still without this feature, video is quite nice and smooth.

Here are some links which may be useful (unless AMZN deletes them out of this review):

Size comparison of the SEL18200LE vs. SEL18200 vs. SEL55210

SEL18200LE review from SLR Gear:

SEL18200LE Preview video from Steve Huff Photo:
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By bob fox on August 18, 2013
I recently bought a Nex-6 camera. After reading several photographic reviews, I bought this Sony 18-200 lens. I am very pleased with its performance. I wanted to give this lens 4 stars because the images are not as clear as with my Canon professional lens, but this is not a professional lens, so I am giving this lens 5 stars for the function it fulfills (high-end lens for an interchangeable lens camera).

This is the only lens I have for my Nex-6 camera, so I'm obviously using this as my all-purpose walk-around lens. I am a photo enthusiast and I am not sponsored by any manufacturer, so these are my independent thoughts on my user experiences.

1. Nice zoom range (27-300 35mm equivalent).
2. Fast focusing.
3. Tight (good-feel) and smooth zoom movement, so I do not use the lock to hold the lens zoom in place.
4. Very effective image stabilization (IS).
5. Light weight and compact! Much lighter and smaller than the telephoto for my Canon DSLR.
6. Easy, wonderful manual zoom adjustments to auto-focus (when focusing on butterflies in foliage).

1. High cost.
2. Slow apertures. This is compensated by nice images taken by the Nex-6 with up to ISO 25600.

People who give this lens a low rating should exchange it for another copy, or send it to Sony for repair.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Banas on March 29, 2014
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- Wide zoom range
- Great build quality
- Looks great on an NEX7
- Effective stabilization
- Reasonably fast focus in good light

- Slow aperture range
- Average photos (kit zoom) at wide angles
- Photo quality drops off to below average as you zoom in
- At 200mm photos loose contrast and sharpness to an unacceptable level

My Testing Method:

I'm going on a trip to Africa so I wanted to get a full range zoom for the trip. I wanted to be able to take landscape and wildlife photos without having to change lenses in a dusty environment. The focal range of this lens is exactly what I wanted.

The lens itself is beautiful and built well. Some complain about stiff zoom but I liked it. The lens looks great on my Nex-7 and the size/weight are reasonable considering the zoom range. In short the lens is fun to use.

I took a bunch of test photos and different focal length and aperture settings. Sadly I was not impressed. Detail was missing and contrast was low especially above 100mm, 200mm was sad to look at. Stoping down to f7 or f8 did not help.

I was worried that maybe my expectations were too high for a zoom lens so as a comparison I got the selp18105g. This lens is so much better. It has greater resolution and contrast through all the focal lengths. It looks a little soft at f4 but sharpens up at f5. The selp18105g confirmed my feeling that the sel18200 is a below average lens with an above average zoom range.. I won't be taking the sel18200 to Africa.
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