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Sony SAL18135 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens
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- New-generation midrange-magnification zoom lens with 18-135mm focal length
- Lightest midrange-magnification zoom lens
- Silent, high-speed AF drive via SAM
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 2.99 x 3.39 inches|
|Item Weight||0.88 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||135 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Number of Elements||14|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||27 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Style Name||US Version|
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A-mount DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
From the Manufacturer
DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Zoom Lens
This lightweight lens offers the dual advantages of a very useful 18-135mm zoom range and easy portability. Featuring an outstanding optical design that includes aspheric lenses and ED glass for stellar resolution, plus an in-lens motor that maximizes autofocus performance for high-speed continuous still shooting as well as movies. Manual focus is smooth and easy as well.
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.
The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.
SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor)
Rather than using the focus drive motor in the camera body, SAM lenses feature an autofocus motor built into to the lens itself that directly drives the focusing element group. Since the built-in motor directly rotates the focus mechanism, operation is significantly smoother and quieter than conventional coupled autofocus drive systems.
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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The only negative so far, and it's a VERY small one, is that the release clips on the lens cap are not as easy to grip as on the 18-55mm, risking dropping the cap every time it is handled. I'm not sure why the design had to be different, except that the two lenses are made in different factories in different countries. I may hunt for a generic one that's easier to handle.
The things I like over the kit lens (besides the extended zoom reach) are the much larger and longer lens hood (the one for the kit lens is much too small to be useful), and the fact that the front of the lens does not rotate when focussing, enabling easy use of circular polarizers and graduated ND filters. This lens is a much better pairing with the SLT Alphas: too bad the M kits are not available in North America for the SLT-a58, (the kit which includes the 18-135mm), or even a "body-only" instead of wasting even $100 on the 18-55mm (the K kit) which I will never use. I know the more advanced models in the Alpha series can be purchased with the 18-135mm, but I was trying to keep my costs down.
Having read three detailed reviews/tests of this lens online from Britain, Germany, and Australia, I felt it was worth buying, as it was not available to try at local shops.
However, even with all that, I am TOTALLY happy with the SLT-a58 / 18-135mm combo. I now try to create more photo opportunities just to use this equipment as much as possible (and it's been a long time since I felt that way). Probably since the 1980's using my Canon A-1 with 35-105mm f/3.5 taking Kodachromes !!
I highly recommend it over the Sony 18-55 kit lens for great pics!
Made in Japan (amazing optics)
Very good focal length,
SAM(Smooth Autofocus Motor) Very silent compared to my other lenses such as the 50mm f1.8
Metal Mount, rubber focus ring and zoom ring.
I shoot professional and this lens with my a77 works amazing. The quality in the photos is astonishing.
I would definitely recommend this lens. Worth ever penny!
i haven't had the priviledge of using a ssm lens, but the focus on this lens is eerily silent, and doesn't leave me wishing for something quieter, even when shooting video.
the only problem is, now that i have this zoom range, i want more. i also shoot megazoom cameras, and am fond of their lens range, so i am eyeing the tamron 18-270mm as well.