18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500

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KoolKool Forum Member • Posts: 99
18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500

hi everyone

my purpose is looking for a versatile zoom lens, for cool and fun factor anytime, i care less for image quality (but still decently sharp, not too soft, too flawed...)

i also want to ask your experience as well!

thanks!

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TryMat New Member • Posts: 24
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500
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18-135mm for sharpness alone.

Just see DxOmark field map sharpness measurement and you'll notice why (Don't look at scores, you can be misguided by scoring alone).  There is no 18-135mm test but its sharpness is almost similar to 18-105mm

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davect01
davect01 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,231
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Unless you absolutely NEED the extra range,  get the 18-135.   A much better lens.

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Bender79ita
Bender79ita Regular Member • Posts: 321
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500 [samples]

I'll post you two unedited images at 18 and 135 mm to pixel peep. Only lens corrections were applied. For the zoom range I think this lens is pretty awesome.

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Trollmannx Veteran Member • Posts: 6,684
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500

Have the 18-200.

Got the 18-135 for better sharpness in a more compact package. Less range, more fun!

My 18-200 now lie in a drawer somewhere...

rjjr Forum Pro • Posts: 14,768
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500

TryMat wrote:

18-135mm for sharpness alone.

Just see DxOmark field map sharpness measurement and you'll notice why (Don't look at scores, you can be misguided by scoring alone). There is no 18-135mm test but its sharpness is almost similar to 18-105mm

I own the 18-135 and I used to own the 18-105. When I got my 18-135 I compared it to my 18-105 and the 18-135 was noticeably sharper for stills and the range is much more useful to me.

I let my 18-105 go but if I did video I would have kept it for the constant f4 when zooming and the sharpness was good enough for video.

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paul wassermann Senior Member • Posts: 1,663
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500

Agree with others, the 18-135 is my choice by far.  Light weight, sharp, excellent zoom range.  Really only down side is it is really only a good light lens due to small wide open apertures.

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voronspb Senior Member • Posts: 1,954
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500
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Definitely not the 18-200 LE. Its quality is among the worst in the system, even worse than 16-50PZ, according to some tests. On the other hand, the 18-135 is surprisingly sharp for its dimensions, weight and cost.

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REDunnLev
REDunnLev Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500

Do you need the extra reach of the 18-200?  If not, the 18-135 is the best choice between the two lenses mentioned.  The 18-200LE is the weakest of all the 18-200 Sony lenses.  I do not have this version but if I needed the reach I would no get the LE version.

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darkmcs Forum Member • Posts: 53
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500
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As others have mentioned, get the 18-135!

I've had the 18-200LE last year, and returned it after a few days.  It was an OK lens, but not sharp at all.  The 18-135 is a lot sharper!

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XRAY51 Junior Member • Posts: 45
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I am the exception. I have had the 18-200 LE for at least 5 years, before the 18-135 came out.  As can be seen above, most people go for the 18-135. I won't, because I like the 18-200 LE. I use it for travel and as a general purpose lens. I did look at an 18-135, but I prefer the longer reach and versatility of the 18-200 LE. I probably take at least 80% of my images with it. I am happy with it. Here are a few.

Bougainvillea  from the front yard.

Hawk in a wildlife refuge, South Africa

in the area of the three gorges, China.

Very aggressive bull Elephant, South Africa. We were backing up very quickly but he still almost caught us.

Dune number 7, Namibia

Curacao waterfront. Sometimes I like to use the paint effect in the Sony cameras.

XRAY51 Junior Member • Posts: 45
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Oops. The third one from China was the 16-50PZ. All of the others are with the 18-200LE.

missingendpoint Contributing Member • Posts: 721
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500
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Not even a question.  The 18-135.  If you >really< need to get to 200, then the original 18-200.

Photo-maestro New Member • Posts: 13
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500
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18-200 is not so good, much softer than 18-135.

But I prefer different zoom, for me the best option is 18-105 G. Little shorter than 18-135, but better build (better materials, this is G series) and constant aperture F4 across all focal lengths. Price and IQ of both (18-135 and 18-105 G) is similar, but IMO 18-105 G is still best option for Sony E / APS-C.

M.

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paul wassermann Senior Member • Posts: 1,663
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500

Photo-maestro wrote:

18-200 is not so good, much softer than 18-135.

But I prefer different zoom, for me the best option is 18-105 G. Little shorter than 18-135, but better build (better materials, this is G series) and constant aperture F4 across all focal lengths. Price and IQ of both (18-135 and 18-105 G) is similar, but IMO 18-105 G is still best option for Sony E / APS-C.

M.

I have both 18=105 and 18-135. For just general, good light use, the 18-135 is my choice as it is smaller, lighter. The 18-105 is a better video lens with constant aperture, internal zooming so length doesn't change (better for gymbal use). However I personally do not like the power zoom feature..zooming electronically just doesn't work well for me.  And if you turn the camera off, it resets to 18mm rather than staying at the last used focal length.

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Photo-maestro New Member • Posts: 13
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500
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paul wassermann wrote:

Photo-maestro wrote:

18-200 is not so good, much softer than 18-135.

But I prefer different zoom, for me the best option is 18-105 G. Little shorter than 18-135, but better build (better materials, this is G series) and constant aperture F4 across all focal lengths. Price and IQ of both (18-135 and 18-105 G) is similar, but IMO 18-105 G is still best option for Sony E / APS-C.

M.

I have both 18=105 and 18-135. For just general, good light use, the 18-135 is my choice as it is smaller, lighter. The 18-105 is a better video lens with constant aperture, internal zooming so length doesn't change (better for gymbal use). However I personally do not like the power zoom feature..zooming electronically just doesn't work well for me. And if you turn the camera off, it resets to 18mm rather than staying at the last used focal length.

I agree that PZ is not the best feature and sometimes it is annoying. But I like 18-105 G for its build quality, images it produce and the constant F4. And the price is acceptable, not in range of newest F2.8 zoom from Sony.

M.

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Euell Veteran Member • Posts: 4,523
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Seriously, if you are thinking about the 18-200, wouldn't you be better off with a single-lens zoom camera?  Why are you even looking at the A6xxx or another interchangeable lens series?  If you want convenience buy it.  If you are looking for a high zoom range, there are loads of single-lens cameras out there that will do a nice job for that with both wider and longer zooms.  And, many of them, such as the RX100 series really take nice pictures.  And, so-called superzoom cameras have a range way beyond 18-200.  You should be looking there before you buy an expensive lens like one of the Sony 18-200's, which will probably not provide any better photos than some of the fixed-lens alternatives.

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paul wassermann Senior Member • Posts: 1,663
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Euell wrote:

Seriously, if you are thinking about the 18-200, wouldn't you be better off with a single-lens zoom camera? Why are you even looking at the A6xxx or another interchangeable lens series? If you want convenience buy it. If you are looking for a high zoom range, there are loads of single-lens cameras out there that will do a nice job for that with both wider and longer zooms. And, many of them, such as the RX100 series really take nice pictures. And, so-called superzoom cameras have a range way beyond 18-200. You should be looking there before you buy an expensive lens like one of the Sony 18-200's, which will probably not provide any better photos than some of the fixed-lens alternatives.

Good advice if you never want to try some more exotic lenses like the Sigma 16mm 1.4, Laowa 65mm macro,   I went through two versions of the RX10 but ultimately just enjoy the flexible system approach.  A used first version is around $400 a true bargain.

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Euell Veteran Member • Posts: 4,523
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paul wassermann wrote:

Euell wrote:

Seriously, if you are thinking about the 18-200, wouldn't you be better off with a single-lens zoom camera? Why are you even looking at the A6xxx or another interchangeable lens series? If you want convenience buy it. If you are looking for a high zoom range, there are loads of single-lens cameras out there that will do a nice job for that with both wider and longer zooms. And, many of them, such as the RX100 series really take nice pictures. And, so-called superzoom cameras have a range way beyond 18-200. You should be looking there before you buy an expensive lens like one of the Sony 18-200's, which will probably not provide any better photos than some of the fixed-lens alternatives.

Good advice if you never want to try some more exotic lenses like the Sigma 16mm 1.4, Laowa 65mm macro, I went through two versions of the RX10 but ultimately just enjoy the flexible system approach. A used first version is around $400 a true bargain.

I take your point, but where interest is limited, why buy into a system, the capabilities of which will remain mostly unused ?  None of the Sony 18-200 lenses are cheap.  While I would be the last person to discourage someone's burgeoning interest in photography, I have the impression that the purposes for what many use their photographs are so limited that they may as well use a smart phone or a cheap point-and-shoot and save a lot of money.

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paul wassermann Senior Member • Posts: 1,663
Re: 18-200 LE or 18-135? for my a6500
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Euell wrote:

paul wassermann wrote:

Euell wrote:

Seriously, if you are thinking about the 18-200, wouldn't you be better off with a single-lens zoom camera? Why are you even looking at the A6xxx or another interchangeable lens series? If you want convenience buy it. If you are looking for a high zoom range, there are loads of single-lens cameras out there that will do a nice job for that with both wider and longer zooms. And, many of them, such as the RX100 series really take nice pictures. And, so-called superzoom cameras have a range way beyond 18-200. You should be looking there before you buy an expensive lens like one of the Sony 18-200's, which will probably not provide any better photos than some of the fixed-lens alternatives.

Good advice if you never want to try some more exotic lenses like the Sigma 16mm 1.4, Laowa 65mm macro, I went through two versions of the RX10 but ultimately just enjoy the flexible system approach. A used first version is around $400 a true bargain.

I take your point, but where interest is limited, why buy into a system, the capabilities of which will remain mostly unused ? None of the Sony 18-200 lenses are cheap. While I would be the last person to discourage someone's burgeoning interest in photography, I have the impression that the purposes for what many use their photographs are so limited that they may as well use a smart phone or a cheap point-and-shoot and save a lot of money.

I could be one of those...but...I just enjoy using the equipment, fiddling with the images, printing an occasional one, changing my desktop screen every day, and sending images to my kids and friends.  My most fun, to date, has been taking some equipment with me along on my golf outings and photographing wildlife along the course and my friends labors on the links.

Here are two images from golfing..one with Canon (quite some time ago), and the other with a sony RX10.  I just slide the camera under the "dash" of the golf cart and I'm ready to shoot if something comes along.  I didn't notice the mouse until I imported the image into lightroom.

In this picture below I call it "three birdies"  A pigeon, a hawk and my 4 on the par 5.

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