Sony - E PZ 18-105mm f/4.0 G OSS Power Zoom Lens for Select Sony E-Mount Cameras - Black

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Get the shot you desire with this 18-105mm Sony SELP18105G midrange zoom lens that is compatible with select Sony E-mount cameras and features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to help ensure crisp images. An integrated lever offers smooth zooming.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Front lens cap and rear lens cap
  • Lens carrying case
  • Owner's manual
  • Petal lens hood (ALC-SH109)
  • Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4.0 G OSS Power Zoom Lens for Select Sony E-Mount Cameras

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (218 out of 223)

Features


Compatible with most Sony E-mount cameras

For use with your existing camera.

HandyCam technology

Uses a floating axis for fast, quiet focusing.

Zoom lever

Provides both variable and fixed-speed power zooming.

Constant f/4 aperture while zooming

Provides brightness for fast shutter speeds, even when shooting in low-light conditions.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

Reduces blur typically caused by camera shake to keep images crisp.

18-105mm focal length

Helps you find the optimal shot in a wide variety of situations.

0.11x maximum magnification

Ideal for versatile shooting, from snapshots to stunning landscapes.

f/22 minimum aperture and f/4.0 maximum aperture

Provide optimal light gathering for clear, detailed images.

16 elements in 12 groups with 7 circular-aperture blades

Include 2 ED glass elements and 3 aspherical elements for high contrast and resolution throughout the zoom range.


Customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.5

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does Great Wedding, Event, Real Estate

    Posted
    Lovelyworldadventure
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    This lens is fast. Smooth! And sharp! It’s meant to be mounted on a Sony E Mount camera, it is a super quick focusing lens! It is! I combine this lens with the options for focusing you get with a Sony A7 r ii or a Sony A9. And it opens up huge possibilities for landscape, portrait, action. It’s almost a challenge to slow down the focus speed. It seems to want to be fast! Slow down focus speed you can do in the settings of the camera. Also choose which type of focal area like flexible spot or zone focus. Continuous or single shot. This lens is my most frequently used. I’ve filmed and photographed swimmers racing, wedding couples walking, their friends dancing in the evening light, tennis teams hammering each other, portraits of dogs and kids, it’s walked with me through the 4th July Parade. Gotten wet and survived...but I don’t recommend the getting wet. It’s widest aperture is F4 so not as wide as I love but perfect for most situations. It is great in low light. The zoom slider combined with Optical Steady Shoot allows you to smoothly focus from close up to distance. You’ll need a tripod or gimbal for steadiness when you use the zoom slider on the left for extreme zooming. The further away you send the focal point and the closer you zoom into to your subject the steadier the hand needs to be for film and steady photos. I want a lens that closes in on its subject slowly and smoothly and this lens does it a little faster than I’d like. So remember the zoom is available both manually and automatically. I think there are gadgets out there that you can use to adjust the speed of the zoom manually. With the auto zoom: touching the zoom slider is tough sometimes because it’s hard to feel when you are framing the shot. Once you find it, you have to learn the level of pressure to gently (slowly) or fully (fast) control the zoom speed. I find it very hard to tell how fast it will go, if I was to add one feature it would be something like zoom slow, zoom medium, zoom fast on the zoom slider. Add a few notches..feel with finger tip? The steady shot is really effective. I was filming a dark wine bar. Rack of wine with labels in the foreground reaching off into the distance. The lense handled it so well. Pulling focus from the label closest to me to the wine bottles furthest away. It was a lovely shot. Even in the dark. Five out of five for it’s infinite usability. I DIDNT KNOW THAT (IDKT) : recently I mounted it on the camera saw a tube!!! Panicked and realized you must use it with the APS-C/Super 35mm setting ON. Also I heard it rattling when it wasn’t mounted and was worried about the lens. Apparently that is normal!? It doesn’t rattle once mounted. Googled the oddity and found it wasn’t an oddity. I’m a second year photographer. No school training. Just learning on the way through life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Travel Lens

    Posted
    solaris2k
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    I purchased this to replace the kit lens on my A6000. The price point isn't all that bad. It's my main go-to lens for now as I slowly add to my lens collection. I love the auto focus and OSS capability so you can get shots quick and easy. I do have one fully manual lens but I prefer this one when I travel so it's always on my camera. It's a big, beautiful lens and definitely makes my camera look more formidable and that's also a con for me. It's huge compared to my other smaller lenses and much more heavier when it's on. I've gone through several different camera bag solutions looking for one that would fit my camera with the lens on. Ultimately I went with the Thule EnRoute Escort 2 backpack with a camera bag insert which holds my 15" gaming laptop and my DJI Mavic Pro with controller. The first time I really got to see what this lens can do was on my trip to the Philippines. I'm extremely happy with the performance overall. I mainly use it for stills than video since I have other equipment for video. I have not tried it with ND filters but I will soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    Posted
    Oleg

    Took a few test shots and comparing to kit lens 16-50 this is night and day. Sharpness at F4 is satisfactory and way better than kit lens. Stepping at F7-F8 sharpness is the best. Constant F4 makes indoor shots without flash good with higher ISO (around 2000). My only concern, that it is going to drain battery faster due to Power Zoom. Zooming and focus during video are silent. Corner sharpness at F4 is way better than latest 18-135. Cons: Heavy - Will see how it is going to be handled one handed during one of the dance competition. Big - very big. Makes internal flash not usable for shots at 50mm and lower. Over 50mm you can use internal flash. I have external one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good lens for video

    Posted
    GreenFlash
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    The good things about this lens are that it's well built, it has an electronic zoom, so that you can zoom much more smoothly during a video clip, it has a nice zoom range up to 105 mm that gives quite a bit more zoom than a standard zoom. And it's priced reasonably. Contrary to some measurement site reports, in my experience, this lens is not as sharp as the Sony Zeiss F4 16-70., and not quite as sharp as the Sony 18-200 3.5 to 6.3(the silver one). But check out the fish pix I took with it while at the aquarium with my daughter, using this lens on an A6300. And keep in mind, that for video, you are not looking for 24 megapixels of photographic sharpness. 1929x 1080 (high definition) is closer to 2 megapixels, and even 4 k is only 8 mp. so, if using with an NEX or A6000 series primarily for video it's a great choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens!

    Posted
    DaveAhGooseTea
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    I’ll start this review by saying I sold all my Canon gear and leaped into the Sony world because of 4K video. Prior to purchasing this lens, I rented it for two weeks to test it out before making the $600 investment which was just under the amount I spent for my most expensive Canon mount lens. I also did not want to buy multiple lenses that I would not end up using.I was also initially worried that the constant f/4 wouldn’t be enough, and that faster lenses for this platform are extremely expensive. I have to say that I was extremely happy with the quality of the lens, the focal length, and it’s sharpness, as well as how my A6500 handles higher ISO images alleviating some of the need for a faster lens. So much so that I decided to buy it. I have used the lens for still photography and video and the images are sharp. I’m leaving on vacation on the beginning of the year and feel comfortable using this lens for the entire vacation without feeling that I need to carry a second lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good zoom for photo and video

    Posted
    OregonianstuckinIndiana
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    Bought this for my son, and art student who plans on doing some video as well as Photo with his a6300. This lens replaces the 18-135 Sony zoom that I now have on my a6300–he decided the constant f4 aperture and electronic zoom would provide the versatility he needs despite the larger diameter and extra length. This is a well made and solid lens. And if you’re looking at this lens, keep in mind that it is a toss-up between this and the 18-135 Comparable IQ, but the 135 is lighter and better for travel, while this 105 is perfect for video. But you are good with either lens as a quality non-prime Now if Best Buy would only carry the Sigma E 16mm f1.4–the absolute best E-series lens on the market. Please stock it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great photos with my alpha 6000

    Posted
    AndhaKanoon
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    I needed this lens as the packaged lens SELP1650 fell and broke. Important - please check compatibility with your camera. I first bough a SEL50F18F which seemed to be compatible. Though it worked, the steadyshot did not. So it would a long time to focus. I dived into the Sony website to get the proper lens. For each camera, they have the lenses compatibility button under lenses and accessories. Most lenses have some issues. This SELP18105 has the same issue as the packaged lens (Distortion setting will be set to auto). I was fine with that. Now about the lens - The pictures are great, including portraits. I like the F4 feature through the whole range of focal lengths. Pictures taken by friends using it for the 1st time are good as well. Lens is not compact, but I was not looking for a compact lens. Lens did not easily snap in like the other lenses I had used on the camera, but that is too minor an issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great All around lens for APSC Camera

    Posted
    TheFugitiveMind
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    The 18-105 is a great All around lens for the APSC cameras. The fixed aperture across the entire focal range allows you to get the shots you want in Most lighting conditions. Ive taken it on plenty of trips and it is a go to lens that will allow me to caputure landscapes and portraits. F4 is great for most situations but any low light situations you will need a faster lens especially indoors. The 18-105 is generally sharp and good for most uses. If you want that tack sharp look for portraits then I would suggest a prime lens. The lens is quite heavy but built well and should be able to take some abuse. It is not weathersealed which is a bummer but for the price is a great lens to upgrade to from the kit 16-50

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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  • PCMagRating, 3.5 out of 5Jim Fisher on March 10, 2014
    Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
    The Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens has a long zoom range and a power zoom design that's great for video, but it makes some optical compromises.Full Review



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