Sony today announced a new APS-C E-mount lens and their first new APS-C lens in a long time, the E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens.
Designed for cameras such as the Sony a6000, a6300 and a6500, this versatile zoom lens will provide Alpha Shooters with a reasonably priced lens that covers a good focal range and weighs in at only 11.5oz (326g). The focal range provides a 7.5x optical zoom that is the equivalent of a 27-202.5mm lens on a 35mm sensor such as the Sony a7.
The lens also features Sony’s built-in Optical SteadyShot stabilization, which helps reduce blur caused by shake when you’re shooting handheld.
Full details from Sony’s press release:
Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, today announced its 46th E-mount lens. This new APS-C lens features a versatile 18-135mm focal length, aperture range of F3.5-F5.6 And Optical SteadyShot™ stabilisation.
The new lens (model SEL18135) features a compact, lightweight design measuring only 67.2mm x 88mm and weighing in at a mere 325g, as well as a high magnification 7.5x optical zoom that covers the wide-ranging focal length of 18-135mm on APS-C or 27-202.5mm in 35mm equivalent focal length. The lens is an ideal fit for Sony’s popular APS-C sensor cameras including α6500, α6300 and α6000, and is an extremely useful tool for a wide range of shooting situations ranging from daily life to portraiture, landscape, nature and travel photography.
The E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entire zoom range thanks to its advanced design featuring one aspherical lens and two Extra-low Dispersion glass elements that minimise aberrations. This lens also allows photographers to produce close-up images with pleasing ‘bokeh’ or background defocus as a result of its maximum magnification ratio of 0.29x and minimum focus distance of 0.45m. It also offers built-in optical image stabilisation to support handheld shooting.
Additionally, the 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom lens offers fast, precise, quiet AF performance thanks to a linear motor, making it a perfect complement to the high speed shooting and impressive video capabilities of many of Sony’s mirrorless cameras.
And here are the full specifications for the E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens:
Mount: Sony E-Mount
Focal-Length (Mm): 18-135
35mm Equivalent Focal-Length (Aps-C): 27-202.5
Lens Groups / Elements: 12-16
Angle Of View (Aps-C): 76°-12°2
Maximum Aperture (F): 3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture (F): 22-36
Aperture Blades: 7
Circular Aperture: Yes
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.45 M (1.48 Ft)
Maximum Magnification Ratio (X): 0 29
Filter Diameter (Mm): 55
Image Stabilization (Steadyshot): Optical Steadyshot
Zoom System: Manual
Hood Type: Petal Shape, Bayonet Type
Dimensions (W X H X D): 67.2 X 88 Mm (2-3/4 X 3-1/2 In.)
Weight: 325 G (11.5 Oz.)
Here’s the new SEL18135 mounted on the Sony a6500:
The E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens (SEL18135) will be available starting in February 2018 with a price tag of around $599/£570. This puts it around $100 higher than the popular E 18-105 F4 G lens.
Sony also announced today that they will be releasing a new silver version of the a6300 camera. This is also planned to be available in February.