|E||The lens is designed only for Sony APS-C digital mirrorless cameras.|
|OSS||The lens is equipped with optical image stabilizer. The stabilizer allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without stabilizer you will have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.|
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|Diagonal angle of view:||76.3°-8.1° (Sony APS-C)
|Lens construction:||17 elements in 12 groups, including 4 ASPH, 1 ED|
|Closest focusing distance:||18mm: 30 cm
200mm: 50 cm
|Number of diaphragm blades:||7|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Stepping (Sony E)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Determined by camera|
|Stabilizer features:||Determined by camera
|Stabilizer efficiency:||No information|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø75.5 x 99 mm|
|Materials:||Metallic barrel, metallic mount|
|Filter size:||67 mm|
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens has a very wide focal range. Formally it is the advantage, however in practice it causes certain problems with compensation of optical aberrations and equally high image quality at the entire focal range.
The lens features a zoom lock lever to keep the zoom ring fixed at the shortest focal length of 18 mm. This function is convenient for carrying a camera with the lens on a strap because it prevents the lens from extending.
The focusing ring is not physically coupled with the focusing mechanism and works electronically (focus-by-wire) - turning of the ring actuates an electric motor that moves the focusing group of the lens to the proper position to achieve sharp focus.
The lens lacks focusing mode switch, therefore you have to set the automatic or manual focus mode from the camera.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 67 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
Aspherical elements (ASPH, XA) minimize spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
Low dispersion elements (AD, ED, LD, HLD, SD, UD etc) and fluorite elements minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
The lens features optical image stabilizer.
|Sensor size||23.5×15.6 mm|
|Distortion at 18 mm||-4.49 %|
|Distortion at 200 mm||+1.01 %|
|Vignetting at 18 mm F/3.5||-0.65 EV|
|Vignetting at 200 mm F/6.3||-0.58 EV|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 616 KB|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 718 KB|
Alternatives (AF, 15-224 mm)
|Sony E 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 OSS LE (SEL18200LE)||2012||⊗|
|Sony E 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 OSS PZ (SELP18200)||2012||⊗|
|Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC B011||2014||⊗|