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- High performance E-mount lens with excellent contrast
- Minimum Focus Distance : 1.48 (Wide)-3.12 ft (Tele), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.11x, Focal Length : 18-105 mm
- Versatile 27-158mm (35mm equiv.) zoom range. Angle of view (APS-C): 76°- 15°
- Constant F4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range
- It is recommended that you use a lens hood to reduce flare and ensure maximum image quality
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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.
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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.
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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Let me clear the air first.... This lens does NOT beat every other lens in every single focal range and aperture. But, to be fair, that lens just doesn't exist. However, it does everything I want and need well enough that it spends 95% of the time on my A6000. I'll explain the other 5% at the end, if you're not bored out of your mind by then.
A little backstory. I'm a peeper... a pixel peeper that is, and I want every photo crisp and sharp.... that's just me. So I spent days setting up my test bed, taking test photos, compiling them, and comparing them in Photoshop to see how they all stack up and attached a test photo with my results.
ISO100, Manual Focus, Focal length: 18/19mm, Noise Reduction: OFF, SteadyShot: OFF
The SELP18105G at least matches the Sigma at f4.0
It blows the SELP1650 out of the water (Just check the shots and you'll see why)
THOUGHTS: If a zoom lens can zoom 87mm and still hold its own (and in some cases win) against a well regarded prime lens, then why buy prime? So, you can get more exercise?! This was at the lens's widest too! At F5.0 it most definitely matches or beats the Sigma in sharpness all across the image. I took way too many photos to share here, but trust me this lens is way worth it.
I checked this lens at every focal length with every F-stop, and it is SHARPEST at F5.0-F5.6 (depending on focal length).
If you own this lens, set it to aperture priority F5.0 and you should get the sharpest image this lens can produce at the given focal length.
I compared this against the SEL55210 and found it to be sharper than it as well at comparable focal lengths (but obviously it had an extra 95mm range).
Lastly, the only other lens I use (that 5% I mentioned earlier) is a Rokinon/Samyang 12mm f2.0 for astrophotography. Don't get me wrong, the SELP18105G can do that too, but the extra FOV and two stops of light are worth the trouble of swapping lenses and having to manually dial everything in.
My whole camera kit is made up of just those two lenses and I couldn't be any happier with the results I get from them.
OSS: This lens has optical image stabilization which is a must for video IMO and important towards the telephoto end of the lens (70mm+)
PS: I Bought and reviewed the "International Version" to save the 100+ bucks but it should be exactly the same as this version.
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.
SEL55210: If you have the kit lens (SEL1650 or SEL1855) and are on a budget, then this lens is the best option for you since it's only $300. However, you will have to swap lenses whenever you cross the 50mm zoom boundary, which may cause dust to settle on your image sensor. Also, it does not have internal focusing or power zoom, but does have regular OSS.
SEL1670Z: This lens is Sony's premium lens with Carl Zeiss (indicated by the "Z" in the model #) AR-coated optics and f-4 max aperture, but costs $1000. But it has relatively weak zoom (24-105mm 35mm equivalent), and some reviews noted focusing issues. It has internal focusing and regular OSS, but no power zoom. For $1000, the lens should not have focusing problems, and the zoom needs to be stronger (at least 6x).
Comparing Sony's E-mount APS-C lenses, this lens (SELP18105G) is the best value for the price. I tested this lens on my Sony NEX-6 camera.