Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Last updated (06 July’10):
– Review by Whatdigitalcamera

The Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 features 18 to 200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f3.5-6.3. The lens construction has 15 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 18 inches (38cm) and has a filter size of 62mm. The Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens weighs 14.3 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.3 inches long.

Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 and writes;
“Fringing is evident throughout the frame and this is backed up by the lab results, with chromatic aberration reaching 2 pixels throughout the aperture range at the edges, and maintaining over 1 pixel in the centre. The lens doesn’t feature any high-tech AF motor, and as a result focuses fairly slowly.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kurtmunger reviews the Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 and writes;
“The little 18-200mm zoom performs much the same as the Sony 18-250mm, but it isn’t the same or better. The 18-200mm has better control of distortion, but not by much. Light fall-off is about the same, color fringing is equal, and sharpness is the same except the corners and centers, at wide angle (18-50mm) and F/3.5-4.5 where the 18-250mm is slightly better .”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 User Reviews

great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“the competitiona lenses are so much more expensive that I was afraid to purchase this lens. Much to my surprise this lens is really sharp. The added benefit of the zoom and sharp to the end is the + in this lens.” – by Michael K. Corcoran

Very Handy and Quality Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Very handy Lens – instead of switching between 18-70 mm and 70-300 mm lens all the time – this substitutes the need for most commonly photo shoots. Not bulky – and very good quality. “ – by P. Chavali

Within a whisker of a $2,000 Nikon lens – at the same apertures | Rating: ★★★★☆
“FOR THE MONEY, and considering that I think camera lenses in general are hideously overpriced, I’d say this lens offers a remarkable value. You get one lens that you can leave on the camera at all times, never having to buy any other lenses or tote them in a big heavy bag or change them and maybe miss a picture, that’s very light and short compared to other lenses, and that produces pictures whose resolution is within a whisker of much more expensive lenses if you can accept its smaller maximum aperture.” – by John S. Bowling

Perfect General Purpose Sony Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is perfect for general use. Sony is often criticized for its lack of professional lens, but this one is rock solid and produces excellent images at all ranges (18 mm to 200 mm). While it’s not a Carl Zeiss glass Sony-branded lens, it’s nontheless a Sony product and you can’t beat this price!” – by M “that’s me”

a travel photographer’s dream | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a versitile lens that provides fine steady quality under most landscape conditions. It replaces 3 lenses that I used to carry on my travels. The reproduction quality that I get from most enlargements from my new alpha 700 with this lens is top quality. As others note, I wish it had sturdier materials but if it gets banged up, it is reasonably inexpensive to replace. If you add a set of macro filters, it does a great macro job on flora.” – by H. J. Beth

Great For All Purpose Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m still new to Digital SLR so technically, I can’t elaborate but I will say that not having to carry three lenses with me on my photo shoots was awesome! I could attach this lens, pocket a couple of filters and shoulder the camera as I hit the beach or the nature trails of Playa del Carmen. This was certainly one of the best investments I ever made. Consider the 62mm 1-A filter for general purpose and protection and also the UV and Circular Polarizer filters for outdoor use.” – by E. Movsesian

Good, but not quite good enough | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The 18/200 lens was a fantastic creative tool and very reliable but after a while I started to find its limitations. It’s slow, and even with the in-camera stabilization of the A350, low light shots were disappointing. Some reviewers report high noise problems at relatively low ISO, but I very rarely get visible noise in pictures because I don’t shoot in the dark with this lens.” – by Avedon if onlyy

I really like this lens on my A300 | Rating: ★★★★★
“I will keep this simple. I wanted a lens with the 18-200mm focal length so I did not have to change the lens so much. I am very happy that I purchased this lens, I hardly take this lens off my A300. The most important thing for me is value and quality. The results are very good.” – by N Doxey

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Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Specifications

A zoom lens with higher magnification for shooting effectively at greater distances. Specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 camera, this is the standard zoom lens that brings you closer to your subject. With superior all-in-one lens performance for everyday shooting, its 35mm-equivalent range of 27mm wide-angle to 300mm telephoto excels at capturing faraway subjects, sports events, dramatic landscapes and intimate close-up views.

Lens Features

Internal focusing system
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change — creating a lens that focuses more quickly and doesn’t change balance.

Aspherical lens elements
Three aspherical elements correct visual aberrations more effectively across the entire zoom range and help reduce weight.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Two ED Glass lenses minimize flare and greatly reduce chromatic aberration, giving you sharp, clear shots even at full telephoto extension.

Circular aperture
Because aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

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