digital Lens Nex photography

A quick look at the new Sony 18-105 f/4 G

I took the new Sony SELP18105G for a test ride.

First impression: The lens is solid, well built and has two rings – one to zoom and one to focus. What makes here stand out from other lenses is a small lever which can also be used to zoom.

It looks like it was thought for videographers: The zoom lever for video, the constant aperture of f/4 through the whole zoom range and finally: The length does not change its length when zooming, which makes it easier to use with matte boxes.

As a photog it was the constant aperture and zoom length which draw me to this lens. From what I have seen until now it could be a good travel lens or even used for portraits.

18mm @ f/4

Actually it is a really big lens. And by big I mean long and wide. Although the filter thread is 72mm the lens feels balanced on the Nex-7. I would say that it is definitely not heavy.

The 18-105 f4, the 50 f1.8 and Mr Washington
The 18-105 f4, the 50 f1.8 and Mr Washington

The lens has a wonderful circular aperture which produces the kind of bokeh I like.

Bokeh 90mm @ f/4

I also like the tele end of the lens at f/4. I am curious how the HDRs will work out.

Misty View 105mm @ f/4

If you want further images you can find them on my flickr stream in the album SELP18105G-sooc.

Contact me, if you want to buy me a coffee šŸ˜‰ or leave a comment and tell me and the other readers why you would or would not buy this lens.

8 comments

  1. Hi, what did you use to shoot those photos. I tried it on a camcorder sony nex fs100 and I had a problem above 50mm, it distorts the image with a barrel shape at the edges. Check the link with my video:

    1. I do not have Either of these. So I cannot tell. The 18-200 is a different lens. The 18-105 is a shorter one, the aperture is constant. It is a perfect lens for people who shoot video and who hate it when the aperture changes while they zoom.
      The 18-200 is for people who travel with one lens, who are lazy to swap lenses. Size wise they are both big lenses on an e mount.

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