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  • 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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    Saturday, 27 December 2014 • Reviews • Views: 2642

  • Hand on Review: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens (SEL1670Z)

    There are lenses that we all lust for and then there are lenses that we should all have, lenses that make sense on our cameras, the Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS is a lens that just makes sense not to mention a mouth full for a names.

    Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS [SEL1670Z] is one of the Zeiss lenses from the Sony stable, as with most Zeiss lenses it is graded amongst the higher quality lenses and it shows as soon as you pick it up, it has a quality feel and a good weight to it, once on the Sony Alpha NEX-6 it feels right at home but I found it a bit off balance at times, it feels heavier than the camera, however it is not a major issue as it has a good grip.

    The zoom range being in the Goldilocks zone doesn’t hurt a bit; with the 1.5 crop factor it becomes a useful 24-105mm f/4. Add to that the superior Zeiss glass and the sharpness that comes with it, it suddenly becomes a tempting well rounded package.

    It is armed with the usual array of functions found in most e-mount lenses such as optical stabilization, endless focus ring, zoom ring, cap, a useful hood and a 55mm filter thread. If I had to mention a problem, it would be that it uses a telescopic lens system to save space, which in my experience with other lenses, can cause zoom creep if it gets too loose.  It weight 322g with the hood, bringing the NEX-6 and lens to 662g which in comparison to an equivalent DSLR (at 2.3kg) with the same lens quality and length makes it feather light.

    Overall, this lens gets my stamp status and a with a 4/5 star rating.

    Pros
    • Solid feel
    • Sharp
    • Good color reproduction
    • Good zoom range
      (24-105mm Equivalent)
    • f/4 aperture
    Cons
    • Expansive
    • Feels a little off balance
    • Auto-Focus speed may be slow
      in some conditions (NEX-6)
    Note: This was tested with the SONY Alpha NEX-6, I since have been using this lens with the new 24.3 megapixel SONY Alpha 6000 and found the Auto-Focus far more accurate with a noticeable increased speed.

     

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    Sunday, 24 August 2014 • Reviews • Views: 5524