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Sony 18-200 mm DT f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens image
 
(based on 5 ratings)
Brand: Sony
Located in: Lenses For Sony / Minolta
Get closer to your subject with the SAL-18-200mm zoom lens. Excellent for everyday shooting, this telephoto lens excels at capturing faraway subjects, sports events, dramatic landscapes and intimate close-up views

Specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager of the Sony a (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.

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.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
3.8 stars
(based on 5 reviews)
80% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(5)
Pros:
Consistent output(5), Durable(3), Easily interchangeable(4), Fast / accurate auto-focus(4), Strong construction(3)
Best Uses:
General purpose(4), Sports/action(3)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
If I had But One Lens?? Yes, the 18-200
By bpjohnsVerified Reviewer from Idaho on 4/13/2009
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Quick Focus, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
General Use, Sports/Action, Wildlife
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 18-200 mm DT f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

Yesterday, Easter, to Family Dinner, I wanted to bring one lens only. Chose my Maxxum 50 2.8 Macro for its terrific sharp images. Wished I'd brought the 18-200mm. Found myself forever moving myself, back and forth getting the right frame. Now that's why I bought the darned long zoom in the first place. One doesn't miss the value of a Zoom until one doesn't have one.
It will ocasionally search some, but not often. Wish it had a AF focus limiter to speed it up.
Best, general purpose, all-round lens I own by far.

 
Forget Sonys cheap zooms, get the 18-200
By bjohnsVerified Reviewer from Boise, ID on 4/10/2009
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 18-200 mm DT f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

a marked improvement over Sony's low cost, long zooms, worth the difference- try to keep it in its Sweet Zone- f5.6-11 or higher- just a little loss in the corners at both Zoom extremes- not to worry about
Sometimes will Search for focus, ESP indoors and/or low light

Focus won't change length of lens TRUE***
***But ZOOMING will GREATLY CHANGE LENGTH OF LENS X 2.5
Yes, I DO OWN THIS LENS! But Can't Mention where bought.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
One lens does it all.
By FirephotoVerified Purchaser from St. Paul, MN on 10/7/2008
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Sharp Focus
Cons:
Slow Focus
Best Uses:
General Use, Landcape, Sports/Action, Upgrade
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 18-200 mm DT f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

I was getting caught in situations where the 18-70 kit lens just did not work for me. Not wanting to constantly switch lenses, I opted to move to this gem. It covers the range of photography that I need, with the convenience of a single lens.

[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
I am glad I bought this lens with the Al
By MikeVerified Reviewer from Nepean, Ontario, Canada on 9/27/2007
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Quiet, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits, Sports/Action, Wildlife
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 18-200 mm DT f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

I purchased this lens with the camera (Alpha 100) as an all-purpose lens, and it has proven to be just that. I enlarge my better photos to 11X19 and have found the pictures to be exceptional. It's great having just one lens that can do it all! It might seem to be a little heavy to some users, but I think that just attests to its strong construction and ruggedness!

[1 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
High cost - average performance
By barjenk55Verified Reviewer from Barstow, CA on 7/31/2007
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight
Cons:
Slow Focus
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 18-200 mm DT f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens:

I found this lens okay, but the auto focus seemed a bit slow and noisey for the price. I recommend checking out Tamron and Sigma lenses which offer competive performance at a lower cost.

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