Sony 18-105 good for close ups?

Started Aug 19, 2020 | Discussions thread
TO11MTM Regular Member • Posts: 182
Re: Sony 18-105 good for close ups?

cxsparc wrote:

There is a good youtube comparison of both 18135 18105.

18135: cheaper, lighter, better iq in wide-angle. More tele.

18105: no dust pump, constant f4, better iq in medium to long tele, subject separation as in a 50 f1.8 at 105 f4, less CA and sharper in tele. Good colors. Great OSS though power hungry. Additional zoom lever for video. Not good is distortion compensation in JPG for architecture shots. Also effective focal range starts at 19mm after distortion comp. A bit heavy with around total weight! of 750g combined with an A6000. But my A6600 1655 is now close to 1 kg 🤔😁.

I still like my 18105 though I have the 1655 now in everyday usage. I would love to have this in 16105 f4. Maybe Sony will make such a lens in the future. I considered buying an 18135 briefly but 18 mm is not enough for a standard zoom in travel and the low DOF at tele and IQ I used a lot with the 18105.

Sounds pretty spot on, but will say that 18-105 Image quality for JPEGs can vary widely by camera. The A6000 used to be pretty bad at correcting JPGs. I think they improved it in a firmware update, but I was already in the habit of just doing my RAW workflow every time by then.

One annoying thing; if you turn the camera off, you'll be back at 18mm when you turn it back on.

On the other hand, what I found surprisingly more to my liking than I realized was that the 18-105's constant length does make it a bit more comfortable to shoot in areas that are crowded.

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