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Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 E-Mount Lens
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- High-magnification zoom with image stabilization
- Minimum focus distance0.3 (Wide)–0.5 m (Tele) (0.99 [Wide])–1.64 ft [Tele]);Maximum 0.35 x, Focal Length : 18-200 mm
- 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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|Compatible Camera Mount||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony Alpha, Sony||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||auto-focus||Stepper motor||Piezoelectric|
|Item Dimensions||2.68 x 3.82 x 2.68 in||3.66 x 3.9 x 3.66 in||2.68 x 3.82 x 2.68 in||4.96 x 8.5 x 5.26 in||2.52 x 4.25 x 2.52 in||3.19 x 4.69 x 3.19 in|
|Item Weight||1.01 lbs||1.43 lbs||1.01 lbs||2.22 lbs||0.76 lb||1.72 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||210 millimeters||240 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||55 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||67 millimeters||62 millimeters||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||72 millimeters|
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.
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
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.
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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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: