Hand on Review: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens (SEL1018)

Note: This lens was tested with the SONY Alpha 6000.

I often talk of the lens triumvirate also known by many other names, the wide (10-24 mm), the everyday zoom (24-100mm) and the super zoom (100mm+).
With these 3 lenses one can cover most situations. As of last year Sony supplies all three in E or FE (Full frame) mount with an f/4 aperture a Sony Zeiss E 16-70mm OSS (Review), a Sony FE 70-200mm G OSS and the Sony E 10-18mm OSS reviewed here.

The lens feels right at home on the Sony Alpha 6000, it feel more like a point and shoot than an interchangeable lens camera. With a solid feel, smooth zoom and focus rings it feels luxurious and has a serious character, at 225g it is a pleasure to walk around with it all day long.

I found it best performs between f/8 and f/13 when at 10mm which in my case is very often. It has a softness on the edges as found in most ultra wide lenses but it does not deter from the result in any ways. One caveat with this lens that needs to be mentioned, it catches flare relatively easily, normal precautions will help greatly, don’t point you camera to the sun or bright lights, make sure the hood is on and mounted correctly, etc …

I use this lens for most of my HDR work and is one of 2 lenses I always carry, the other being the Sony Zeiss E 16-70mm f/4 OSS.

Overall, this lens gets my stamp of approval with a 4/5 star rating.

Pros
  • Reasonably priced
  • Solid feel
  • Sharp in the center
  • Good color reproduction
  • Wide for a crop sensor lens
    (15mm actual)
  • f/4 aperture
Cons
  • A little soft on the fringe
  • Can be very distorted at 10mm
  • Not always accurate
  • OSS at this length is questionable
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Published on: Saturday, 27 December 2014

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