18-135 against 18-200 (silver): my results

Started Feb 27, 2018 | Discussions thread
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Dirk W Veteran Member • Posts: 3,456
18-135 against 18-200 (silver): my results

I just received the 18-135 and gave it a test run against my silver 18-200 at largest possible aperture.  These are my findings:

135 is well centered. Comparison:

18mm: 135 in center a little sharper, at the sides a lot sharper

35mm: identical

50mm: identical

70mm: identical

100mm: 200 a tad sharper in the center, rest identical

135mm: 200 a tad sharper in the center, rest identical

200mm: 200mm not much detail gain from 135

Summarizing: The 18-135 is a lot smaller and lighter. It has only one extension tube instead of two of the 18-200, which means the 135 construction is probably sturdier.

At 18mm the 135 wins hands down, especially at the sides, which is important to me because I often use the short end for cityscapes and landscapes.

From 100mm the 200 is a tiny little sharper in the center, not much and hardly noticeable.

At 200 the 18-200 is a little soft meaning that there is not much more detail than the lenses offer at 135.

After this test the 18-135 is a keeper for me, especially for walks and trips, considering its much smaller size.

 Dirk W's gear list:Dirk W's gear list
Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Sony a5100 Sony a6400 Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS +4 more
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