Sony 18-105G, anyone?

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Pelbaya Junior Member • Posts: 31
Sony 18-105G, anyone?

Has anyome had a chance to test the Sony 18-105G for e-mount?

I have seen some reviews but would like to know about someone who has had a "real" experience with it (ie: someone that isn't a pro photographer).

I personally see this lens as a very good alternative to the pancake lens 16-50pz. Is there really that such of a difference? Also, I saw the potential of having a compromise zoom since I don't own any telephoto lens (not really interested in a long range lens but sometimes miss that extra reach without needing the full length of a 200mm).

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Digital Nigel Veteran Member • Posts: 4,097
Re: Sony 18-105G, anyone?

Unlike the 16-50, it's enormous.

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Pelbaya OP Junior Member • Posts: 31
Re: Sony 18-105G, anyone?

Digital Nigel wrote:

Unlike the 16-50, it's enormous.

Size or quality wise? (Though I expect you to answer "both"... )

Digital Nigel Veteran Member • Posts: 4,097
Re: Sony 18-105G, anyone?

Pelbaya wrote:

Digital Nigel wrote:

Unlike the 16-50, it's enormous.

Size or quality wise? (Though I expect you to answer "both"... )

You were comparing the very compact 16-50 with the huge 18-105, which is almost as big as the 18-200. The 18-105 is a better lens than the 16-50, but they're not in the same category. No long zoom has "enormous" quality.

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KwhyChang Veteran Member • Posts: 3,527
Re: Sony 18-105G, anyone?

I'm OK with the image quality and I do like the range.... it's the power zoom that I know from experience I wouldn't like. I prefer a manual zoom.

How fast does it zoom from wide to tele?

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Gato Amarillo Veteran Member • Posts: 4,057
Re: Sony 18-105G, anyone?

I really like my 18-105, though as an alternative to the 16-50 it's pretty huge. It's a very versatile lens for my planned portrait sessions, but not something I'd carry around just on the chance I might see something interesting.

It does not handle fine detail as well or have as nice an overall picture feel as the 16-70 but the range works much better for what I do. So it is the lens I most often use in portrait sessions. For those days I'm throwing a camera in the car "just in case" I usually go with something smaller.

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ImagesInstyle Contributing Member • Posts: 691
Re: Sony 18-105G, anyone?

i shot with it everyday with my Sony A7.

Did a fashion show last night.

Had a hard time struggling in low light though.

I started a posting about sony fixing the 43M flash AF Iluminator to to work

with the A7..its very much needed.

Sony A7/18-105 PZ F4 Lens/HVL-43M Flash

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Sony 18-105G and "Fast Hybrid AF"

Gato Amarillo wrote:

I really like my 18-105, though as an alternative to the 16-50 it's pretty huge. It's a very versatile lens for my planned portrait sessions, but not something I'd carry around just on the chance I might see something interesting.

It does not handle fine detail as well or have as nice an overall picture feel as the 16-70 but the range works much better for what I do. So it is the lens I most often use in portrait sessions. For those days I'm throwing a camera in the car "just in case" I usually go with something smaller.

I came across this Sony link recently and found it strange that the SELP18105G is listed as compatible with the "Fast Hybrid AF" of the ILCE-7 model but not the "Fast Hybrid AF" of the APS-C NEX-5T, NEX-5R, and NEX-6 models.

This distinction may not be noticeable on a NEX-6, but I wonder about the new A6000 with its supposedly much improved AF.  It would be a shame if the A6000 (isn't mentioned in the link) does not follow the ILCE-7 and can't utilize its "Fast Hybrid AF" on all the lenses in both groups.

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Gato Amarillo Veteran Member • Posts: 4,057
Re: Sony 18-105G and "Fast Hybrid AF"

fotowbert wrote:I came across this Sony link recently and found it strange that the SELP18105G is listed as compatible with the "Fast Hybrid AF" of the ILCE-7 model but not the "Fast Hybrid AF" of the APS-C NEX-5T, NEX-5R, and NEX-6 models.

This distinction may not be noticeable on a NEX-6, but I wonder about the new A6000 with its supposedly much improved AF. It would be a shame if the A6000 (isn't mentioned in the link) does not follow the ILCE-7 and can't utilize its "Fast Hybrid AF" on all the lenses in both groups.

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Several others have wondered about how this lens will work with the A6000. I've seen several forum posts on the issue, but no definitive answers. Maybe we'll hear something soon.

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Re: Sony 18-105G and "Fast Hybrid AF"

I'm hopeful for this lens to work with the A6000, because that is my planned future setup.

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Re: Sony 18-105G and "Fast Hybrid AF"

in this video hes using the a6000 with the 18-105

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwE4G-SSN-M

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