Sony 18-105mm f4 Zoom Lens

Compatible Cameras:  Sony FS7/ FS5/ A7S/ A7S Mk2/ A7R/ NEX Series

Sony 18-105mm f4 Zoom Lens

f4, Image Stabilizer
Auto/ Manual Focus
High resolution lens (noticeably sharper than Canon L-Series)
Daily rate: £28

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Our thoughts

The Sony 18-105mm stabilised lens is probably the most useful range of all, as it covers full frame and gives you a reasonable wide-angle to telephoto range. Although it’s not a G lens and slightly cheaper, it still holds a consistent aperture of f4 throughout its zoom range. I think this is a really useful lens if you’re looking for a reasonably priced zoom that covers most of the angles you normally need.

Don’t be put off by the f4 aperture, these are very sensitive cameras and with a large chip you would rarely want a depth of field that is shorter than you can get with an f4 lens. The obsession with wide aperture lenses dates back to film days, when we were having to deal with very insensitive materials, and having a wide maximum aperture would determine whether you could shoot at all in certain situations.

The wider the aperture, the more difficult it is to design the lens, and the more expensive it is as a result. A wide aperture lens is always a compromise and a lot of the f1.4/f1.5/f2 lenses suffer from being a bit woolly around the edges when wide-open. For optimum performance f5.6 is the best stop to shoot at. As with all these lenses, they are predominantly designed for autofocus, and therefore are not ideal if you want to pull focus or for use with a follow focus, although possible.

6x G Lens power zoom for movies and stills

This G Lens for E-mount cameras delivers stunning still or movie imagery with the flexibility of 6x power zoom. Maximum aperture is a constant F4 from 18mm wide angle to 105mm medium telephoto, with excellent resolution and contrast throughout. A lever and ring on the lens barrel allow zoom speed to be freely adjusted as required while maintaining a sure, stable grip.

MOUNT
Sony E-mount
FORMAT
APS-C
FOCAL-LENGTH (MM)
18-105mm
35MM EQUIVALENT FOCAL-LENGTH (APS-C)
27-157.5mm
LENS GROUPS / ELEMENTS
12/16
ANGLE OF VIEW (APS-C)
76°-15°
MAXIMUM APERTURE (F)
4
MINIMUM APERTURE (F)
22
APERTURE BLADES
7
CIRCULAR APERTURE
Yes
MINIMUM FOCUS DISTANCE
0.45 (Wide)-0.95m (Tele) (1.48 (Wide)-3.12ft (Tele))
MAXIMUM MAGNIFICATION RATIO (X)
0.11x
FILTER DIAMETER (MM)
72mm
IMAGE STABILIZATION (STEADYSHOT)
Optical SteadyShot
ZOOM SYSTEM
Power zoom
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)
78 x 110mm (3-1/8 x 4-3/8in.)
WEIGHT
427g (15.1oz.)
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“35mm equivalent focal-length (APS-C)” and “Angle of View (APS-C)” are with interchangeable-lens digital camera incorporating APS-C type image sensors.
  • Lens hood (ALC-SH128: petal shape, bayonet type)
  • Lens front cap
  • Lens rear cap
Kit