Comparing E-mount zooms (Part 1)

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Digital Nigel
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Comparing E-mount zooms (Part 1)
Sep 3, 2014

There have been a number of threads lately comparing the various 18-200 and 55-210 zooms, as well as the kit and 16-70ZA zoom. There are also frequent threads comparing the RX100 and a6000. I decided to try out my own copies to see how they compared.

Rather than shooting a brick wall, a decided to shoot something a bit more interesting, in fact a view that most people here will recognise and many will have seen: the Palace of Westminster, shot from across the Thames. I took my a6000 and the following lenses:

  • SEL18200 (the original silver one)
  • SEL55210
  • SEL1670ZA
  • SEL1855 (the original kit lens)
  • SEL50f18
  • RX100 m1 (just for fun)

All the pictures were taken using S mode, with shutter speed 1/500, 10 secs delay, auto ISO, on a mini tripod (sitting on a curved wall and unfortunately not quite level) and OSS turned off. The mini tripod is quite light, so the camera moved a bit between shots, but was very stable during the shots. I shot RAW+JPEG (with one exception), but am initially showing OOC JPEGs here. All are uploaded full size. I don't normally shoot JPEGs, so all the JPEG settings are default.

First, here's some shots at around 50-55mm (ie, 75-80 equiv):

50mm (SEL50f18 prime)

51mm (16-70ZA)

51mm (18-200 original hefty silver zoom)

55mm (old 18-55 kit lens)

55mm (55-210)

To keep this post down to a sensible length, I'll do other threads for other focal lengths.

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