Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens review: Attractive optionBy Kevin Carter - Friday November 20 2015 Lens Review
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).
- 16 elements arranged in 12 groups
- F4 constant aperture
- Stepper-type motor
- Three aspheric surfaces
- Two ED glass elements
- 72mm filter diameter
- 7x circular aperture blades
- 1.48’ (45cm) minimum focus