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Keywords: Sony Wide Mid Tele Zoom A-Mount DT APS-C SAM

Chris Munden Bauer

Registered: July 2013
Posts: 4
Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM SAL18135 review by Chris Munden Bauer
Review Date: 8/14/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $300.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Very useful zoom range, excellent build quality, good value for money
Cons: Edges a little soft but sharpen up at F/5.6 +

You get a lot of bang for your buck with this lens. I tested it on a A57.
Sharp centre performance at all focul lengths when stopped down although a tad soft at 135. F/5.6 and above are the best settings. Corners and edges a bit soft at all focul lengths but sharpened up nicely at F/5.6+ It certainly performs better than the 16-105. Its never going to match a prime or even the CZ 16-80 for IQ, but it is surprisingly close and makes you wonder if the extra cost of the CZ was actually worth it?
Made in Japan and excellent build quality are the pluses and the zoom range makes it an ideal lens for a day trip where you don't want to carry lots of other lenses. Colour rendition stays the same through out the zoom range with typical Sony bright and punchy colours.
Super lens that out performes some of the Canikons of similar spec and just look at the price.
Perry Rhodan

Registered: January 2010
Posts: 22
Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM SAL18135 review by Perry Rhodan
Review Date: 9/18/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $400.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: almost silent and speedy AF, very decent IQ allround, very good built quality
Cons: non

On the A 57 it handles like a dream. Very speedy AF that is almost inaudible. The IQ is very good, matching those above it's price point. Feels very solid and zooms very fluently without any stiffer points. For this price THE allround lens to get for your A57. The in practice feeling is just stunning compared to (much) higher priced allround lenses. IQ seriously better then the longer megazooms (So, Si, Ta et all). Even on the A 65 this lens performed flawlessly. IQ in close focus is very nice. The ibs of the SLT bodies brings about 4 stops extra, easy.


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