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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 😉 or leave a comment and tell me and the other readers why you would or would not buy this lens.

The ultramacro lens for Sony Nex

Actually I do not think the Yasuhara Nanoha is not really a macro lens. It is more like the missing link between a macro lens and a microscope.

The lens comes with a  3 LED lighting which is fixed to the lens. A screw driver is included, so you could remove it. There is also a battery box (which is fed by 2 AA batteries) and a USB cable.

The lens has a maximum aperture of 11 and stops down to 32 and the focus works between 11 and 16 millimeters. I do not need to tell you what that means for depth of field.

I started a Flickr group dedicated to the Yasuhara Nanoha. If you want to see some special things nanohified let me know…

Kenko and Nanoha

The letter

Silica

Spiral

Leaf

New Zealand with a Nex-7

What kind of lenses do you take on a trip to New Zealand? The choices could be many, depending on the camera system. The good thing is that I have a Sony Nex-7.

There are not many lenses for the Sony E mount. That way the choices are not many. I have not many lenses either and chose to take two. The lenses were my two favorites at that time:

  • Sony 50mm f/1.8
  • Sigma EX DN 19mm f/2.8

You could take millions of pictures in New Zealand. Don’t panic. You do not have to watch them all. I selected some for you and offer a video (unstabilized and ungraded) as a short vacation for you.

BTW: Next time I would go for the Sigma EX DN 30mm f/2.8 and a 18-200 for video. Enjoy.

 
A rainbow in NZ by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
A rainbow in NZ by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Dead Sulphur Mill by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Dead Sulphur Mill by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Sunken into by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Sunken into by Stefan Steinbauer
 
White Island Sulphur by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
White Island Sulphur by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Orange steel by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Orange steel by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Rusty tower by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Rusty tower by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Leaving White Island by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Leaving White Island by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Champagne Pool by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Champagne Pool by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Craters of the moon by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Craters of the moon by Stefan Steinbauer
 
I spit fire by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
I spit fire by Stefan Steinbauer
 
On the moon by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
On the moon by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Everything orange? by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Everything orange? by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Flowery water by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Flowery water by Stefan Steinbauer

Quick test: Noise on Nex-7 video

I tried to find out what the impact of the ISO on video on the Nex-7, so I cycled through with the lens cap on. The noise was not that visible so I tried to do what you usually try to avoid. I added brightness and sharpening.

Let me know, what you think. For me it prooves my experiences, that videos start get noisy with ISO bigger than 800.

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