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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 Good for travel I bought this lens to go with a new A6000--a downsize from a full sized DSLR because we were going on a biking trip. The zoom range of this lens is great for casual travel. Although I'd like a faster lens, don't know that I'd want the added weight. I found the autofocus to be somewhat slow many times. For casual travel photos this is fine, but not too good for trying to catch action. I do not know whether the slowness is caused by the lens or the camera, though.
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terribly slow, inaccurate focusing. I bought a set of the NEX 6 and this lens. The camera was great, and focused great with the kit lens, but with this telephoto, it was terrible. It was slow, and at anything over 100mm, it would overshoot or undershoot and lock on out of focus. Totally useless. I returned both, and Sony sent me a new camera and new lens. They were the same. It was not a fluke-the product is terrible. I returned them also. I was really bummed because I really wanted that camera. At least Sony customer service is great.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 150-200mm bad for in the 150-200mm lens 18-200LE will not be the focus and blur image
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a good performer Was able to use this lens at the same time as the original version for instant comparison under identical conditions. At 200 mounted on a CF Gitzo with RRS B60 Head, the image did not look sharp while focusing. Image file not sharp either. Tried the same with the original and was able to obtain a sharp image in the EVF and file. Stopping down did not seem to make much difference with the LE version but the original was marginally better (still good wide open) Acquiring focus was impossible at times but the old version would. This was under dark conditions. Overall the zoom was stiff and not pleasant to use. For the slight increase in width and two ounce difference would go with the original version. Its a very good performer. Regards al
Date published: 2012-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Glass This is a great versatile lens with excellent image quality. It has a quality solid feel to it. It should not be expected to serve in low light conditions. That is a job for faster prime lenses. Out of the box, the zoom appears somewhat stiff but that goes away with use or by simply exercising it. There is no lens creep,... NONE. Yes, if you hang it on a strap, then hike or bike it may move but, well... Don't do that... not without using the lock anyhow. * The first image "mid zoom" was shot in subdued light at 54mm (79mm/35mm), f/9, .8s, 8sNDF, with a 200 ISO. A tripod was used with the long (almost one second) exposure. * The second image "full zoom" was shot in full sunlight fully extended at 200mm (300mm/35mm), f/6.3, 1/400, with a 100 ISO. This image was taken hand held. It was also cropped a bit tighter. As you can see from the second image, the Optical SteadyShot (OSS) functions well. However, as with any zoom of this range, in low or severely indirectly lighting conditions either a mono or tri pod is advised. This is an excellent lens for the money. Don't leave home without it,.. but supplement it with at least one fast prime.
Date published: 2012-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2000 photos later... Initially, before purchase, I was confused with reviews I had read else in the Net. My perfect zoom lens would be 50-320mm, but there is no such available... Because the time was running out, I decided to buy this (SEL18200LE) lens and give it a try during my trip to Yellowstone. I was nicely surprised by the quality of the build. Everything feels nice and solid out of the box. Zoom and focus rings have appropriate resistance, the lens is on heavier side, but I find it very useful, especially while using tripod - it is well balanced for me. All rubber covered contact surfaces give nice "quality feel". Very useful feature of this lens is a lock switch, which comes handy during transportation. I have noticed that the lens tends to extend slowly while un-locked and hiking in the wild, but I do not find it annoying due to aforementioned lock feature. Of note - I have not yet encountered the situation when while shooting "straight down" the lens extends by itself, which was reported in some YouTube videos. After shooting couple thousand images I can say this lens is great. All the images came very crisp, naturally colored and nicely saturated. This lens has fast AF, performs well in low light conditions, gives nice bookeh when used in portrait situations and in my opinion it is great "everyday" lens #if you don't mind it's weight#. Overall: Good job Sony!
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 18-200 is really useful range, IQ is acceptable. My own Nex lens ranking is like this. 1. Zeiss 24mm 2. 50mm F1.8 3. 30mm F3.5 4. 18-200 LE 5. 18-55 Bundle I like fixed range lenses because IQ is very reliable and low maximum aperture is make a great blur for portrait. Always want crispy crispy and crispy photo. First time, I used this lens at night with high ISO. Results are not good for the price. I just disappointed. I used tamron, sigma's superzoom lenses before. I got a similar feeling from this lens. Next day, I tried to use this sunny day with F7 to F11 and fixed 100 ISO. I just surprised with my photos. It looks totally different lens. Color is very stable, and easy to use zoom. Focus is absolutely fast. I know superzoom is built for outdoor photo. I think I will not have a chance to use my 18-55 lens again. 18-200 is a way expensive but I think it worth.
Date published: 2012-07-10
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