Reviews and Problems with Sony 18-105mm f/4.0 G OSS E-Mount
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Great all purpose lens
oceanman, B&H Photo
22 July 2014
Excerpt: Purchased this lens to use with Sony A6000. I was used to using a Sony 16-105mm with my A77 and wanted the convenience of the range for street photography. Since there is a G grade Sony lens it appears to be sharper than the 16-105,, but I do miss the 16 mm wide end. The lens focus is all internal and makes it less conspicuous than a protruding zoom.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Great Range, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I'm using on A6000. Lens is sharp, IS works great, nice contrast and color. Some say this lens is not so good at F4, however my copy is very good from F4, slightly soft in corners, but better than my other lens especially at the wide end. Very surprised at how good the lens is.
Summary: I won't repeat what you can find in the other reviews, just my personal observations. I didn't have any problems with distortions, they were corrected well in A6000 and in Adobe Light Room. The biggest problem of this lens is poor performance wide open. At 18mm f/4 this lens is even softer than the 16-50 kit at f/4. And that softness persists through the whole focal range, not only in the corners but in the center as well.
Summary: I feel like this is almost a kit lens in terms of quality. The electronic zoom is great for video, the range is excellent, but there is a moderate amount of noise in the video and the images are all soft for most of the range.
Excerpt: I haven't had much chance to use this lens yet, but I am well impressed with it's operation. The AF and power zoom are very quiet, and should be ideal for videos (which is what I bought it for). It is rather large, although not heavy, and the fit and finish are excellent.
Excerpt: Purchased for two reasons. To improve the quality I was getting from the kit zoom and to have a single go-to lens. The SELP18105G did not disappoint. *AF is quick *The lens is very sharp with some softening towards the edge. Those that want even sharper images should look at primes. There will always be trade off for the convenience of carrying one lens. *Though it is large, it is light and since zooming is internal, it never becomes unwieldy.
Summary: Bought this lens expecting significant compromises due to its large focal range. Am blown away by the beautiful image quality this lens outputs. Center sharpness is on par with my SEL24F18z Zeiss lens. Edges are slightly less sharp but still excellent. Colors are rendered to my liking. Bokeh is great but not top-notch. Power zoom takes some getting used to but is nice for times when I do video. After Lightroom lens correction, I don't detect any distortion.
Summary: This lens complements the E 10-18 mm very well as a handy travel kit. The in-camera lens aberration compensations work like a charm in both photo and video mode with my old NEX 5N and F3 bodies. Bokeh is surprisingly nice and the lens hits its marks in terms of resolution, contrast and color rendition throughout the zoom range at f/5.6 and beyond. At f/4.0 it remains sharp in the center but the corners are a little soft.
Summary: The good totally out weighs the bad......but you should know.... The good.....this is a really nice lens that useful for many different situations, I use it more than any other of my four E-mount lenses. It takes great images. The Bad......severe shadowing when used in conjuction with the A6000 pop up flash probably affects 20% of the image. If I am going to an event that I know may involve taking flash photos I have to bring kit lens as well.