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The Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is a general-purpose 7.5x zoom lens with a very versatile zoom range that covers a wide range of subjects and situations. It’s compact, lightweight, and quiet, which makes it a great lens to take on your travels.

Here are a collection of sample images that I took with the lens on a recent trip to Tenerife and La Gomera. The images on this page are compressed, so I’d recommend downloading the full sized JPEGS if you wish to take a closer look at any of the shots. They are also straight from the camera, no post processing has been applied.

All image samples were shot with the Sony a6500 and of course the Sony E 18-135mm (SEL18135) lens. All shots are handheld apart from the seascapes where I used my little Sirui T-025X tripod.

Full specs for the SEL18135 can be found on Sony’s product page for the lens here.

*Note: Full resolution SOOC JPEG images are available to download, but the RAW files are password protected to help keep my hosting costs sensible. However, I do provide the username/password to all members of my monthly GAS email. All images are copyright protected and may be used for personal use only.

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Gears

109mm | 1/200 | f/5.6 | ISO 320 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Near Teide Tenerife

83mm | 1/200 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - La Gomera Burnt Forest

31mm | 1/160 | f/8 | ISO 400 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

I used my Sirui T-025X travel tripod for the following shot, and also a Lee 4 stop ND filter and a 2 stop grad filter.
Sony SEL18135 Sample - La Gomera Seascape

31mm | 5 seconds | f/4.5 | ISO 200 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Protea Plant

79mm | 1/250 | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Mount Teide from La Gomera

19mm | 1/1320 | f/5.6 | ISO 400 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Mount Teide from La Gomera

44mm | 1/800 | f/8 | ISO 320 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Agulo La Gomera

29mm | 1/800 | f/9 | ISO 400 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Wooden Door

23mm | 1/100 | f/8 | ISO 200 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Yellow House

18mm | 1/250 | f/9 | ISO 200 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Roque de Agando La Gomera

18mm | 1/320 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Playa de Santiago La Gomera

18mm | 1/320 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Wild Cat La Gomera

109mm | 1/125 | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Protea Plant

135mm | 1/250 | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Flowers La Gomera

135mm | 1/200 | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - San Sebastian La Gomera

33mm | 1/200 | f/11 | ISO 200 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Cactus

135mm | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Plant La Gomera

135mm | 1/250 | f/5.6 | ISO 400 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Playa de las Americas Tenerife at Night

115mm | 1/20 | f/5.6 | ISO 6400 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Wooden Door

41mm | 1/80 | f/8 | ISO 125 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Cactus Tenerife

135mm | 1/400 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Boat at Sea

135mm | 1/1000 | f/8 | ISO 200 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Letter Box

43mm | 1/500 | f/5 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Graffiti

77mm | 1/800 | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Adeje Tenerife

22mm | 1/400 | f/8 | ISO 400 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Sunrise Mount Teide

71mm | 1/200 | f/7.1 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Sea Lepe La Gomera

57mm | 1/500 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

I used my Sirui T-025X travel tripod for the following shot, and also a Lee 4 stop ND filter and a 2 stop grad filter.
Sony SEL18135 Sample - Mount Teide Seascape

59mm | 4 seconds | f/5.6 | ISO 250 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Red Flowers La Gomera

123mm | 1/200 | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Mirador de Abrante

29mm | 1/640 | f/8 | ISO 200 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Flowers La Gomera

135mm | 1/250 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Agulo La Gomera

25mm | 1/320 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Agulo La Gomera

48mm | 1/250 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Agulo La Gomera

135mm | 1/200 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Bee on Flower

135mm | 1/500 | f/5.6 | ISO 400 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

I used my Sirui T-025X travel tripod for the following shot, and also a Lee 4 stop ND filter and a 2 stop grad filter.
Sony SEL18135 Sample - Seascape La Gomera

37mm | 1 second | f/11 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Tree Vines

71mm | 1/160 | f/9 | ISO 1250 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Purple Flower

135mm | 1/320 | f/5.6 | ISO 500 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Jardin Botanico

135mm | 1/100 | f/5.6 | ISO 800 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Benijo Tenerife

29mm | 1/200 | f/8 | ISO 100 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

My lens was most definitely not as clean as it should have been for this shot!
Sony SEL18135 Sample - Playa de las Americas Tenerife Sunset

135mm | 1/400 | f/36 | ISO 640 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

Sony SEL18135 Sample - Playa de las Americas Tenerife at Night

50mm | 1/100 | f/5 | ISO 6400 | *Full Resolution Download: JPEG | RAW

My Brief Review of the SEL18135

The Sony E 18-135mm lens is really a joy to use, especially as a travel lens thanks to its versatile focal range, small size and lightweight body (325g). I barely notice it on my a6500.

The built in image stabilization helps to stabilize the lens on camera bodies like the Sony a6000/a6300 that do not have stabilization built in. There’s also a useful auto/manual focus switch on the body itself, and both the zoom and focus control rings are silky smooth.

The lens delivers crisp results across the frame and throughout the focal range. There is a little corner softness with the wider apertures, but stepping down to f/5.6 soon sharpens things up.

However, where the lens does disappoint a little is with vignetting when shooting wide-angle shots at around 18-22mm. In this focal range you will notice darkening in the corners, but only if you are shooting in RAW. If you shoot JPEG then the camera body will apply corrections automatically so you never need to worry about it. And if you prefer to shoot RAW, you can still easily correct the vignetting in post with programs like Adobe Lightroom.

A lot of people will probably be comparing this to the fantastic Sony E 18-105 G lens. I own both lenses and I took both lenses with me on this particular trip. Without a doubt the Sony E 18-105 G lens is a little sharper, and so it should be as it’s a ‘G lens’. It also features a constant f/4 aperture and a motorized zoom (which I’m not a big fan of). However, the lens is much larger and also weighs 102g more than the 18-135. This may not sound like much but I definitely notice the difference when I switch to the 18-105. And if you like macro photography then the 18-135 has a much closer focusing distance at the long end of the zoom, allowing you to get much closer to your subject.

So will I be adding this lens to my bag the next time that I want to travel light? Most definitely!

Best Prices for the SEL18135

US Readers
You can check the best prices for the SEL18135 on Amazon.com and Adorama.

UK Readers
You can check the best prices for the SEL18135 on Amazon.co.uk, Wex, and Park Cameras.

Or give your local camera store a ring.


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