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Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom OSS Lens for NEX Cameras

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  • Focal length: 18-200mm
  • Aperture range: f/3.5-6.3
  • Sony E-mount
  • APS-C format
  • Optical SteadyShot stabilization
  • Single Extra-Low dispersion glass lens
  • Dual Aspherical Lens elements
  • Silent Autofocusing / Internal motor
  • High 11x magnification zoom
  • 7x Circular Aperture blades

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Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom OSS Lens for NEX Cameras

Sony's 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount is a powerful zoom lens for NEX series cameras and is not recommended for full-frame sensors. This versatile lens sports a 11x optical zoom and a 35mm equivalent of 27-300mm. You will enjoy spectacular results in many applications including portraits, action sports or even wildlife photography. The four aspherical elements of its optical design help to minimize chromatic aberration. Its circular aperture creates pleasing bokeh effects. Focusing is a breeze thanks to a smooth and quiet motor which drives its internally moving components. Sony's optical SteadyShot image stabilization ensures that you will reliably get crisp and clear shots. This lens accepts 67mm filters.

Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization

Sensitive gyro sensors designed to detect even the slightest or most minute movement are built into the lens. The Optical Image Stabilization system detects these tiny shakes which occur when shooting. This lens features highly precise, virtually silent linear motors that are found in high-end professional Sony camcorders. The result is reliable and effective image stabilization for blur free photos and videos.

Extra Low Dispersion Glass

Sony's Low Dispersion technology is engineered to reduce chromatic aberrations, which becomes more of a problem as focal lengths get longer. By eliminating the tendency of light of different colors to focus to different points at the image plane. This means your images will come out crisp and clear, with less of a chance of defracting light into an unwanted rainbow of colors. Take shots exactly like you want, without any flare-up or blurring.

Aspherical Elements

Sony's aspherical lens design creates a more complex surface profile, while also reducing lens size and weight. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, translating to high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. The design further ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focal range, while delivering incredible sharpness up to the periphery of the image. 

Distance Encoder

Distance Encoder technology delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject.

Internal Focusing (IF)

Sony's Internal Focusing feature allows you to focus a lens without changing its size. With IF Lenses all optical movement is restricted to the interior of the lens barrel, providing for a lighter, more efficient design. Faster focusing is produced by a lighter and compact focusing lens group.

Circular Aperture

The circular aperture of this lens creates pleasing natural Bokeh effects. While Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocused points of light. This lens overcomes this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops


Weight 16.3oz (460g)
Color Black
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-6.3
Minimum Aperture f/22-40
Focal Length 18-200mm
Maximum Magnification 0.27x
Angle of view 76 degree - 8 degree
Minimum Focus Distance 19.68 inch 0.5m
Focus Type Auto
Image Stabilization Yes
Diaphragm Blades 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Fixed Focal Length 18mm
Zoom Focal Length 18-200mm
Lens Format APS-C Sensors
Lens Type Telephoto Zoom


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Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom OSS Lens for NEX Cameras

Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom OSS Lens for NEX Cameras SKU: SEL18200LE

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Form factor that should have included power-zoom This lens replaced Sony's bulbous and heavy power-zoom lens.
Date published: 2021-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Works great, until it doesn’t This was my go to lens forever, then it started to shake/shimmy when I would focus. I assumed it was a problem with that particular lens, so I ordered a new one. About nine months later, there’s the shimmy. I had no problem on my NEX, but this lens doesn’t seem to like my a6500. It’s a shame because it’s a great lens. I just can’t bring myself to buy a third one. I found a suggestion online that you turn the study shot off in your camera and then it won’t shake, I tried it, with the steadying components in the lens didn’t measure up to the steadiness provided by the camera.
Date published: 2021-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Vacation. I bought this lens a few year ago and I'm so happy that I had it. It's great for vacation.
Date published: 2020-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all-around lens I have had this lens for over 2 years. It's a great lens for a wide range of uses. Like most zooms, you will not get the same bokeh as a 2.8 f-stop lens or the sharpness of a prime lens. That is not the purpose of this lens. This is a lens that can take just about any photo with good, sharp images and produce beautiful photos. You can zoom in to get great close ups or get very good wide angle shots. It makes a perfect travel lens. And best of all, you don't need to keep changing lens when you're on the move. If you don't have a specific purpose in minded for your lens and are just looking for an good all-around lens, this is a great choice for a crop sensor camera.
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good universal lens - though poor build quality That is the lens I am mostly using and happy with photos. But. Two of those died in my hands during last three years with the same symptoms - no focusing / noise from auto focus motor. Even being well cared. I am still puzzled which lens to buy to replace it. Maybe non-LE bigger lens version?
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great travel lens I don't want to change lens, or carry multiple lenses on trips when airplanes are involved. This one lens lets me take wide angle to very good zoom and covers 99% of what I want to photograph. It is also fairly light and compact and goes well with my A6500. As a bonus it does well with macro too. It catches focus almost a 100% of the time, but sometimes I feel some images are soft when enlarged.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lens mount defect I bought this lens for travel. I specifically had planned to use it on a cruise in Australia and New Zealand. In the months before the trip I used it nearly on a daily basis. Initially it worked well and appeared to be an excellent travel lens. One problem surfaced with the lens mount during my trip. I noticed that the lens, when mounted on my a6000 (and also on my a6300) moves when I hold it and apply gentle pressure to rotate it clockwise and counterclockwise. During my trip I did not actually notice any problems with my photos. So I still use the lens and am planning to continue to do so, but am frankly hesitant to use it for future photo excursions. This problem appears to be a manufacturing-Quality Control issue and frankly raises concerns about what else may go wrong in the future. Just for perspective, I found no lens mount problems with my other Sony lenses.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exacellent travel lens I have used this lens on an NEX-7 body for almost a year. It is an ideal all-purpose lens for a traveler who prefers to carry a single lens to cover most shooting situations. In my opinion, carrying a lens bag with multiple lenses negates the advantage of traveling with a small mirrorless camera. Image quality is surprisingly good for a zoom lens with an 11x zoom factor. I use this lens for outdoor daytime photography of mostly stationary subjects (predominantly cityscapes and landscapes), and have not noticed the slow focusing described in other reviews; the lens I have used acquires sharp focus quickly. I cannot address its performance for action photography.
Date published: 2014-09-12
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