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Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens review: Attractive option

By Kevin Carter - Friday November 20 2015

Lens Review
Introduction | Good center sharpness throughout zoom range | Sony PZ E 18-105mm F4G OSS vs. Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA: Good sharpness | Conclusion
Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens review: Attractive option

Another Sony lens that’s not new, exactly, but one we’ve been asked in our forums to review is the Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS. Featuring the maker’s G moniker indicating high-end construction, this stabilized 28-164mm equivalent has been designed for the maker’s APS-C format mirrorless models and is an intriguing addition to the lineup. Read on to find out how well this model performs.

Specifications and Features

Debuting back in 2013, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS is a moderate-speed E-mount zoom designed for the Sony APS-C format mirrorless models. Intriguingly, it features the old Minolta G-moniker implying high-end optical construction on par with Canon’s L series and Nikon’s ED range. As the equivalent to a 28-164mm zoom, it has a 5.8x zoom range and features two ED glass elements and no less than three aspherical surfaces. It is, however, the inclusion of optical stabilization, a constant /f4 maximum aperture throughout the range, and a power zoom option that shows it is a zoom that is particularly suited to video users.

Besides the fixed or variable-speed zooming and constant maximum aperture, it has a stepper-type focusing motor, and circular aperture opening consisting of 7 blades for rendering rounded highlights and smooth transitions to out-of-focus areas when using differential focus. The optical construction consists of 16 elements in total arranged in 12 groups, and a minimum focus distance of 1.48’ (45cm). With a 72mm filter diameter, the lens measures 4.33 x 3.07” (110 x 78mm) and weighs 15.06 oz (427g). It is available for around $599 (USD).

Specifications

  • 16 elements arranged in 12 groups
  • F4 constant aperture
  • Stabilization
  • Stepper-type motor
  • Three aspheric surfaces
  • Two ED glass elements
  • 72mm filter diameter
  • 7x circular aperture blades
  • 1.48’ (45cm) minimum focus

Good center sharpness throughout zoom range

Sony PZ E 18-105mm F4G OSS vs. Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA: Good sharpness

Conclusion