18 - 135 short review (vs 16-50 kit lens) for Street Photography

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18 - 135 short review (vs 16-50 kit lens) for Street Photography

After a few weeks of shooting, here are my nontechnical impressions of 18-135 (for street photography):


1. Reach and range. Wonderful flexibility with 27-200 equiv. range.

2. Sharpness. Somewhat sharper than 16-50 in some situations. Perhaps a bit better in corners, though not that essential for me.

3. Color and contrast. Definitely better than 16-50. Very important for JPG shooters. For me, not so important as I shoot RAW and PP every photo individually.

4. Generally the 18-135 renders images very well.


Size and weight; though compact and light for an 18-135, it is still considerably bigger and heavier than the other lenses I use for SP -16-50, 35mm 1.8, 10-18. I do much of my shooting with one hand (with hand strap) at differing POVs, and need to be able to move camera quickly to any position. The 6300 with 16-50 or 35mm feels like an extension of my hand. With the 18-135, it is not - and usually requires both hands to balance.

Conclusion: 18-135 is a fine lens, I will keep it. It is not ideally suited for SP, but serviceable with the great advantage of range and reach. It will not replace my 16-50 however.

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