Sony Alpha SEL-1018

10-18mm f/4 wide-angle zoom lens for Sony NEX-series cameras and camcorders

  • Sony Alpha SEL-1018


  • Sony Alpha SEL-1018

    Angled view, with lens hood

  • Sony Alpha SEL-1018

    Top view

  • Sony Alpha SEL-1018

    Top view, with lens hood


Our take on the Sony Alpha SEL-1018

by Woody Sherman

If you've been on the lookout for an E-mount lens that will absolutely change the character and emphasis of the subjects you shoot, plus give you flexibility in framing options that you just can't get any other way, you need to start experimenting with this Sony Alpha SEL-1018 wide-angle zoom lens. With a 15mm equivalent focal length on your NEX-series camera at full wide angle, this lens is ideal for capturing that seaside panorama with the approaching storm clouds, or the full city skyline from the high ground downtown. Plus, with the unusual emphasis that extreme wide angles give to perspective, you'll be able to create images that are truly arresting.

The lens is competitive in lower light as well, with a maximum aperture of f/4 throughout its zoom range. Try it out in tight spaces.

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  • 10-18mm f/4 zoom lens with 35mm equivalent of 15-27mm
  • compatible with Sony NEX-series digital cameras and camcorders
  • Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization with Active mode for steadier handheld shots
  • super-wide angle is perfect for expansive landscapes, architecture and striking manipulation of perspective
  • minimum focus distance: 9.84"
  • minimum aperture: f22
  • seven circular aperture blades for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 62mm
  • lens is 2-13/16" in diameter and 2-3/4" long
  • weight: 8 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps
  • petal-shaped, bayonet-type lens hood

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Features and Specs
Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 10-18mm
Maximum Aperture F4
Weight 8 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • E10-18mm F4 OSS lens (SEL1018)
  • 62mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH123 Lens hood
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Warranty sheet

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Optics: The Sony SEL1018 (E 10-18mm F4 OSS) super-wide-angle zoom lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 15-27mm, and a 109°-76° field of view for capturing expansive landscapes.

Optical SteadyShot (OSS): Equipped with Optical SteadyShot (OSS), the lens compensates for blur caused by camera shake for normal handheld photography. OSS also reduces the reliance on high ISO settings when shooting in dark environments, which greatly enhances the effectiveness of the Hand-held Twilight and Anti-Motion Blur shooting modes. Optical SteadyShot gives you a 4-stop shutter speed advantage when activated.

Lens Hood: The lens includes the ALC-SH123 Lens Hood to reduce flare and ensure maximum image quality. The lens hood should be removed when using the camera's built-in flash to avoid blocking the flash light. You can store the lens hood by mounting it onto the lens backward. When installed, the lens hood adds a little less than 1-1/4" to the total length of the lens.

Focusing: The lens can be used with the NEX-series cameras in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.752", Length=2.7"-3.081" (3.217"-3.608" w/caps).


Lens E10-18mm F4 OSS
35mm Equivalent 15-27mm
Mount Sony E-mount
Angle of View 109°-76°
Lens Construction 10 elements in 8 groups
3 Aspherical lens elements
Super Extra-low Dispersion lens
7-blade Circular aperture
Minimum Focus 9.84"
Filter Diameter 62mm
Aperture F4 maximum
F22 minimum
Weight 8 ounces
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5 out of 5

Great Fun! Sony 1018 e lens

Written By George, Greenport, NY on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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Great effect you get with the 10mm. Great color and contrast. Super sharp. Fun photos. Super depth of field.
Size, quality and fit and finish.
It would be nice to have a 10mm optical finder to match the lens. If you are shooting a fast moving object coming towards you shooting continuous frames, you tend to lose the object if it passes over you or by you. You would be able to keep it in frame easier with the optical finder.
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4 out of 5

Sweet, tho expensive lens

Written By KKP, Cloverdale, CA on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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I used this lens recently on a trip to Yellowstone. It was light, fast and took fine pictures on my Nex-7. It will always be in my bag.
Light, smooth, responsive, well-built
Very expensive
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