Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (Sony NEX) - Review / Lens Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Sony Alpha/NEX (APS-C)

Sample Images

Note: you may spot the effect of the tilted focus plane (centering defect) in some of the wide-angle images.

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Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 92.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 94.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 143.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 94.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 78.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 134.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/250s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 69.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 92.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 27.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 27.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/250s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/160s

Verdict

The Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS is a refreshingly different approach compared to most of the competition. It's not a purposely under-designed lens for cost-cutting measurements. This is most obvious with respect to its build quality - the stylish metal body clearly stands out from the rest of the crowd and it's a joy to handle it in the field despite the somewhat unusual/odd proportions compared to the tiny NEX camera. The optical quality is on a very decent level. It is not a flawless lens, of course, but the resolution figures are very fine in the lower portion of the zoom range and still good beyond. The distortion characteristic is about average for a lens in this class. The Sony lens produces a surprisingly low amount of vignetting even at "large" aperture settings (even in RAW images). The primary weakness of the lens are the lateral CAs at 18mm and 200mm although that's also rather typical for such lenses. The Sony lens is a pretty obvious choice for those seeking a one-lens-solution. The resulting package size may not be pocketable but, to be honest, neither is the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS. The 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS is not a cheap lens (neither is e.g. the Panasonic 14-140mm OIS) but it's worth it ... if you can find a decent sample.

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