sel 18-200 or sel 18-200le?

Started Nov 18, 2012 | Discussions thread
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In reply to Gnagno, Nov 18, 2012

Gnagno wrote:

I have a 5n, and i would like to buy a sel 18-200. But, which one? The "le" version would fit better the small body, but I've never seen a comparison with the old one, which is surely a great lens. I'm more interested in image quality. Slrgear test show that the "le" isn't good as the old one, but, of course, a real test could demostrate that the difference is not so big. thanks in advance. Luca.

I have the original 18-200 and love it.  It's by far the best all-in-one lens I've ever used from any manufacturer.  To me the 1/4" in size difference is not an issue (but I shoot with a NEX7, which is obviously bigger than the 5n).  My 18-200 has no zoom creep whatsoever.  I just looked up the price difference between the two Sony's and saw only $50 difference.  IMO, the original 18-200 is a no brainer - $50 bucks for better IQ and build while only being 1/4" bigger and 2 oz heavier.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/732292-REG/Sony_SEL18200_DT_18_200mm_f_3_5_6_3_Zoom.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/863264-REG/Sony_SEL_18200LE_18_200mm_f_3_5_6_3_OSS_Lens.html

Just an example taken with my 18-200.  F8, JPG, 0 PP.  And there's nothing wrong optically with the image.  And this just a typical shot, not even one of my "good ones".  You can't go wrong with the Original SEL18-200 OSS.

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