Reviews and Problems with Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
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Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM SAL18135 review by Chris Munden Bauer
Chris Munden Bauer, slrgear.com
14 August 2013
Summary: You get a lot of bang for your buck with this lens. I tested it on a A57. Sharp centre performance at all focul lengths when stopped down although a tad soft at 135. F/5.6 and above are the best settings. Corners and edges a bit soft at all focul lengths but sharpened up nicely at F/5.6+ It certainly performs better than the 16-105.
Pros: Very useful zoom range, excellent build quality, good value for money
Cons: Edges a little soft but sharpen up at F/5.6 +
Summary: I purchased this lens after looking at multiple other lens. I have to say it is my main lens at the moment. I use it more than the others due to the great range and flexibility it provides. the pictures that I have taken with it are very good, crisp, clear, sharp. It does not take as good a quality picture thou as the SAL35F18 prime lens I have, but that is to be expected. I have used this lens way more thou, especially when I don't want to carry multiple lens.
Summary: I have the Sony A57 and now also the Sony 18-135mm. I must say I am very impressed with this lens. The 18-135mm has a new SAM focus motor and is very quiet, quick to focus and very sharp at all focal lengths. I sold my Sony 16-50 to gain more reach and I have no regrets. The 16-50 f2.8 is a great lens, but for a general purpose lens, the 18-135 is a perfect focal range for me. Highly recommended!
Pros: Quiet focus Direct Manual Focus (DMF) Quick Focusing Great build quality
Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM SAL18135 review by Perry Rhodan
Perry Rhodan, slrgear.com
18 September 2012
Summary: On the A 57 it handles like a dream. Very speedy AF that is almost inaudible. The IQ is very good, matching those above it's price point. Feels very solid and zooms very fluently without any stiffer points. For this price THE allround lens to get for your A57. The in practice feeling is just stunning compared to (much) higher priced allround lenses. IQ seriously better then the longer megazooms (So, Si, Ta et all). Even on the A 65 this lens performed flawlessly.
Pros: almost silent and speedy AF, very decent IQ allround, very good built quality
Summary: I bought the Sony 18-135mm lens as an upgrade to the standard 18-55mm kit lens which came with my Sony A65, as I wanted better optics and greater focal & zoom length, for extra versatility when shooting photgraphs. In my experience of using the 18-135mm lens for the last month or so, it certainly does seem to be an improvement on the standard kit lens.
Summary: Overall, I find this to be a great lens. The zoom range makes this an extremely versatile lens - covering wide angle to a fairly tight zoom. The optical quality of this lens appears to be at least as good as the Nikon 18-200 which I had before and was always very pleased with. This lens works very well for both stills and video - one of the main reasons that I switched from Nikon to Sony. The SAM focussing system is very quick and and is very quiet.
Summary: Bought this as an upgrade to my kit lens and have not been disapointed. Very versatile zoom range and the colour reproduction with my a330 is amazing, wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to other alpha owners.
Surprisingly sharp lens that's a good upgrade on a kit lens
Mr Baz, Amazon
27 April 2013
Summary: Having read some online reviews on this lens I noted Kurt Munger's review and didn't feel inspired by what I saw. However having had the opportunity to try the lens myself I can report that the lens is almost an entirely different animal to the online review I read. I wasn't exepecting much, but it has to be said this is really a very good lens on an optical level and offers a very useful focal range.
Summary: Needed a lens to bridge the gap between the wide angle and telephoto lenses. It had to be compact and versatile enough to cope with a wide variety of applications. This lens ticked all the boxes. It works down to a good wide-angle but also provides a reasonable telephoto capability. First used for a wedding and it provided everything expected of it, from the wide group shots down to the individual portraits.