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Great lens, most common complaint in past is gone,
This review is from: Sony Alpha SEL18200 E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens (Silver) (Electronics)I've now used the SEL18200 lens for about 6 months on a Nex-5N, and 100% satisfied with it. First, to address some of the negative comments in the past: (1) Flash mount extender is readily available now, and I use this big lens with the (crummy) little flash all the time - it does quite well when when shooting at ISO 3200, which is a decent setting for the 5N (maybe not for the older Nex5); (2) the F at max tele is insufficient - well, of course we ALWAYS want a faster lens, but again shooting at ISO 3200 or 6400 for decent prints up to 8x10 (on the 5N) effectively makes this a VERY fast lens and I've shot handheld in a low-light museum; (3) yes of course, we ALWAYS want a smaller size & weight, but once again shooting at ISO 3200 or 6400 for decent prints up to 8x10 (for the 5N) effectively makes this a VERY TINY & LIGHT lens for the APS-C sensor ! (4) controls by wire was called a negative - yes, but on the 5N I simply program focus mode on the right-wheel click and I'm instantly switching between focus modes (e.g. manual for low light and pre-focused point sports action); (5) concerns about size and damage to lens swinging around your shoulder - once again, of course. However not only you have all the above advantages (so stop whining, already!) but if you get the Think Tank holster 10 V2.0, even in collapsed smallest configuration it will fit the Nex5N with SEL18200 attached WITH lens hood on extended position (that is, ready to whip out & shoot, you can leave the lenscap off ! Wow!!), and I also carry spare battery, charger, and Sony Zoom microphone (in its rather large case) in the side pocket. The complete kit on your shoulder.
So much for the downsides. Did I miss anyone's complaints (except for price)? The lens seems to be sharpest at f8 or smaller but quite good all around, at all focal lengths as already reported by many. Just a superb video lens, too !!! I like to shoot with the Nex5N at my stomach and looking down on the monitor, an extremely stable shooting configuration as in the old mid-format Hasselblads, Mamiyas, Bronicas, etc. Or I do overhead shots (try it!). Never at eye-level. So the heck with this holding up to your eye stuff that was started by the 35mm cameras (so that saves many $$ and bulk by not buying the EVF or the Nex-7). I don't use my 16mm pancake or the 18-55mm lens. Does anyone want to buy them from me? GET THIS LENS !!!
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Initial post: May 10, 2012 8:00:18 PM PDT
J. M. Robinson says:
Good review, but you need the pancake for those pocket situations. If you don't need it, I do. I'd be interested in it if you want to sell it.
Posted on Aug 11, 2012 1:52:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 11, 2012 1:52:42 AM PDT
Thanks for the great review. By any chance, have you used your 5N to shot the night skies? I'm thinking of going into Astrophotography but not interested in getting the heavier DSLRs and sticking to Nex 5N. Do you have any suggestions regarding lens to use for this? Thank you much!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2013 5:47:23 AM PST
Amrita, I assume you're not talking about using the LENS at all, the mag is just too weak. Don't know much about astrophotography, but a "sister" to that is fluorescence microscopy. I use the Nex5N professionally on a $20,000 fl.microscope setup, and it is just awesome (sorry for the outdated term). Weak fl. that you can't see in the eyepiece picks up at 1min exposure @ ISO 12,800 with acceptable noise. However my guess for astrophotography is that the noise would be effectively worse, since - unlike in my case - there's no brightfield image to overlay or refer to features; you're 100% dependent on the available luminescence. Is it better than many DSLRs? YES. Does it shake less? YES, far, far less since there's no mirror. Does it shake less than DSLR with mirror locked up (many of the can't do this)? Yes & no. The higher mass of a huge heavy DSLR with mirror lockup might have less shake on the end of a telescope, for the microscope the mount position & tubes are super heavy and it doesn't matter. Will the light weight help? YES, it seems to me that the small size & light weight will help with a telescope, and the Sony Exmoor APS-C chip is one of the very best in low-light: this is well known to microscopists, for example.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2013 5:52:05 AM PST
Hi J.M., sorry for a slow reply. Yes, I also have the pancake 16mm, and you are 100% right. I need both lens. I also have a Nex-6 with the new 16-50mm collapsing zoom, and that is really the setup to go with, but of course more $$. The "Clearzoom" which goes 2x digital zoom works acceptably for general photography, so it's like having a very compact 16-100mm lens in your pocket. I don't know if this feature works with the Nex-5N/R.
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