Is the PZ annoying to use? (specifically the 18-105 f/4)

Started Apr 8, 2014 | Questions thread
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Keith Hanlan
Keith Hanlan Regular Member • Posts: 378
Is the PZ annoying to use? (specifically the 18-105 f/4)

I currently use an A580 and my walk-around lens is the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.0 OS. I have boatloads of other glass including full frame 70-200 f/2.8, UWA zoom, and a variety of primes.

I am considering purchasing the A6000 as I am attracted to its compact format. I would either need to purchase the LEA4 adaptor or purchase new lenses. I suspect that I would keep both bodies and use only the A6000 when travelling "light".

So we come to the PZ 18-105 f/4 lens which seems to provide pretty good value. However, I'm somewhat disconcerted by the idea of a power-zoom. Does this mean that I can not zoom it manually? I imagine that would be very annoying. Or am I mistaken? Also, it sounds like an unnecessary power drain and something else that can fail.

Can somebody who has used this lens please answer my question regarding manual zoom?

Thank you,

 Keith Hanlan's gear list:Keith Hanlan's gear list
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Sony a77 II Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro +10 more
Sony a6000 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
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