It's a tight shooting schedule for this little indie video effort you and your friends dreamed up. It's tough enough getting to all the good locations with the right weather, much less worrying about camera setup and lens changes. The SELP-18200 can help the last part of that equation, though. With an equivalent range of 24-300mm (an 11X range), one lens will cover focal lengths from big establishing shots to tight, compressed-perspective long shots of your starring couple's faces as they walk the beach. So cue the talent and start your zoom move.
Not that the SELP-18200 won't take excellent photographs as well. Sony makes a non-powered version of this zoom lens that's a favorite of many NEX still photographers. It's just that this lens offers a versatile, quiet powered zoom that has some real advantages for video shooters. With both variable and constant speeds, the lens will enable you to smoothly change focal lengths while shooting — without making noise that might corrupt your location audio. Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization means your handheld shots will look smoother as well, and in the photography world, this means you can use far slower shutter speeds than you normally would have to use, so you'll be able to use available light much more often.