NEX-6: 55-210 or 18-105?

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NEX-6: 55-210 or 18-105?
Dec 27, 2013

I own a NEX-6 with the 16-50 kit lens and want a lens that is a bit longer, ideally achieving 200mm full frame-equivalent.  I want a two lens combination for travel and family photos (since I also own a full Canon DSLR system for trips when photography is the sole purpose).  I've narrowed my choices down to the 55-210 or the 18-105.

I've analyzed my photography and in APS-C terms, 20% of images are 16-18mm, 50% are 18-50mm, 23% are 50-100mm and 7% are 100-200mm.  If I get the 18-105, I can use Sony Clear Image Zoom (CIZ) to get to 200mm FF equivalent and would only experience the slight image degradation on 7% of images.  Then I would need to switch back to the 16-50 for the 20% of images that need the widest angle.

Or I can shoot with the 16-50 up to 50mm and switch to the 55-210 for the 30% of images that require the longer focal lengths.  In times when I can't switch lenses, I can use the CIZ on the 16-50mm lens.  The 55-210 is less expensive but has slower apertures.  I've seen that the 18-105 has some weird distortion but I am not concerned since it can be corrected in post processing automatically using the Sony or Lightroom software.

So which lens would you buy if you were me?  I don't want to spend any more than the $600 the 18-105 costs, nor do I want to get into legacy lenses.  Thanks.

 CameraCarl's gear list:CameraCarl's gear list
Sony Alpha NEX-6 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS +1 more
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