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Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS

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  • High performance E-mount lens with excellent contrast
  • Versatile 27-158mm (35mm equiv.) zoom range
  • Constant F4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range

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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX
Maximum Aperture Range F4.0 F1.8 F4.5 - F6.3 F4.0
Min Aperture 22 22 32 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 72 millimeters 49 millimeters 49 millimeters 62 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.45 meters 0.3 meters 1 meters 0.25 meters
Item Weight 1.06 pounds 0.34 pounds 0.76 pounds 0.5 pounds
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inches ; 1.1 pounds
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  • ASIN: B00ENZRQH8
  • Item model number: SELP18105G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 26, 2013

Product Description

Product Description

True to its high-end G Lens heritage, the SELP18105G lens features two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements for high resolution and contrast throughout the entire zoom range.

From the Manufacturer

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E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS Power Zoom Lens

The first Sony G Lens created specifically for E-mount cameras is true to its heritage, achieving outstanding resolution and contrast throughout the zoom range thanks to an advanced optical design incorporating two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements. From wide angle to medium telephoto, this power zoom lens covers approximately a 6x zoom range with a constant F4 aperture.

E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS Power Zoom Lens

Technology

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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Customer Reviews

Plus you get the constant F4!!!
Mike Shih
It does ok but you need to understand its limits.
S. James
Nice colors and very good bokeh.
Ummagumma

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By stephen on January 29, 2014
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I wanted to use my Nex-6 as a backup to my Sony A7 with a variety of Sony A-mount lenses used through the LA-EA4. I am very pleased with the IQ of the A7. I thought this 18-105mm f4 would be a good lens to put on the Nex-6 and have a fall back camera in my street photography. The shots I got when I received this lens simply amazed me ... and I am used to full frame and good glass. They were clear, crisp and the auto focus was fast. I was a little spooked to read certain forums and reviews about this lens having pillow distortion. It seems it is tru only on cameras that do not internally correct for the lens. I am happy to report my Nex-6 has virtually no such distortion.

I was also hesitant due to some forum users reporting it was a video lens and somehow fell short in still photography. That it absolutely not true. I am also a videographer and have used Sony pro video cameras and lensing for years. These camcorders all had the Sony G lenses, and they are of remarkable optical quality in my experience. This 18-105mm f4 Sony G lens is probably at the top of the image quality ladder of all the lenses I have used in both still photography and videography. And that's exceptional because zooms usually do not have the IQ (image quality) that primes have. The zoom ring is smooth and predictable. The feel and build of the lens feels pro level to me. The sharpness and general color accuracy is good. I say generally because I did not take the time to look for things such as fringing on the edges, etc. I'm not trying to be superficial here, but I even like the way this thing looks on a small Nex-6. The lens barrel is relatively thin then progresses up in diameter as you go away from the camera. And on the business end of the lens is a wide, beautiful lens element.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2014
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SELP18105G: This lens is a good value for the features and cost. For $600, the lens has f-4 max aperture, standard OSS optical stabilization, 6x zoom (27-157mm 35mm equivalent), internal focusing (lens length remains constant for easier handling), power zoom (smoother focusing for videos and can be controlled by the free PlayMemories app), and good weight of 15.1oz (< 1 lb). Yes, there is mild chromatic aberration and distortion, but both of these can be compensated. The chromatic aberration is not always noticeable (depends on the scenery), and is virtually gone by reducing the aperture to f-5.0. The distortion only shows up in RAW images, and any decent photo editing software can correct it with one click.

SEL18200: This lens costs $250 more, but has 2x more zoom than the SELP18105G, but 1.3 higher f-stop at max zoom (smaller aperture, > 2x less light). Its about the same size as the SELP18105G, but weighs 18.5oz (3.4oz more). This lens does not have internal focusing or power zoom, but does have a relatively better stabilization that Sony dubbed Active OSS.

SEL18200le: This lens has the same featues as the SEL18200 lens, but costs $100 less because it only has the regular OSS, not the Active OSS. Due to that fact, it weighs in at 16.3oz and is 1cm shorter and 1cm smaller diameter than the SELP18105G. The issue with this lens is that critics noted it's basically a rebranded Tamron 18-200mm lens, so you are paying a premium just for the Sony name.

SELP18200: This lens is like combining the SELP18105 and SEL18200 lenses because it has the internal focusing and power zoom (indicated by the "P" in the model #), while providing 200mm zoom and Active OSS. See the above descriptions for benefits of these features. However, you are paying $1100 for this lens.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Metropixie on June 16, 2014
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It's funny that most of us here should list their qualifications in order to garner some authority when it comes to this lens, but I think that no matter what your level of photographic expertise is, it should be clear just from the fact that after many months there still aren't any used or refurbished lenses for sale at amazon, likely because no one wants to part with this lens. So, I bit the bullet and purchased one new after thoroughly researching why I should have this lens. The first thing I did was analyze all the pictures I've accumulated over the last couple of years with my Sony NEX-5n and various Sony lenses. It turned out that the majority was shot within the equivalent of 28-150mm range. I sold my Sony 18-55 and 55-210 with whose sharpness I wasn't happy, ignored the Zeiss 16-70 on the basis of price and after reading many reviews went for the 18-105/24-160mm equivalent Sony G. Well, come to papa! This baby has an unexpected creamy bokeh at f4, feels great in the hand, zooms smoothly, and the pictures are sharp. Perhaps not as sharp as a zoom at twice the price, but close enough, and with a little post sharpening on my Sony A6000 24mp files who's gonna see the difference? The build is nice, but all in all I now really enjoy going out and shoot, knowing that I'll come back with results. So, no five stars, because it's not perfect, but in my world five stars only go to things that are outrageously great. I'd say, for $600 you can't go wrong.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mike Shih on January 17, 2014
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been waiting for a constant apeture e mount lens from sony for a while.
when the 16-70 Z lens 1st came out, i test it. it was pretty good, but not good enough for the $1000 price tag.
so i've waited for the 18-105G lens.
I have both Nex 6, and VG30.
for the still photos, on the nex 6. its pretty decent quality, i wouldn't say its best. but above average quality lens.
the 18-105 is great! without having to change different lens all the time. Plus you get the constant F4!!! love this lens so far.
might not have the Z quality, but def. worth the $600 price tag on it.

as for the VG30 video cam. this is a great addition. with gives the constant F4, so you don't have to worry about changing your settings at different zoom. also the zoom motor on this lens is perfect for video, its super quite, even quiter than the SELp18200 power zoom lens that came with the VG30. I am keeping this as my primary video lens for now. until Sony comes out with something better.

totally worth it!! :)
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