|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.|
|LE||Smaller and lighter version of the lens.|
|Diagonal angle of view:||76.3°-8.1° (Sony APS-C)
|Lens construction:||17 elements in 13 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||7|
|Closest focusing distance:||50 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Stepping|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Determined by camera|
|Stabilizer features:||Determined by camera|
|Stabilizer efficiency:||No information|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø68 x 97.1 mm|
|Filter size:||62 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic.
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 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 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 62 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).
The lens features optical image stabilizer.
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 519 KB|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 580 KB|
Alternatives (AF, 15-224 mm)
|Sony E 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 OSS (SEL18200)||2010||⊗|
|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||⊗|