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Sony's been building the gear used by professional videographers and broadcasters for decades. So it's no surprise to see that expertise trickle down into an SLR lens like this constant-aperture 18-105mm f/4 power zoom lens. With an equivalent focal length of 27-157mm and a compact design weighing barely over 1 pound, you've probably figured this is a good candidate for a travel lens. But add an ultra-quiet power-zoom motor that allows silky smooth zooming over a 5.8X range, and you've got a lens that's tailor-made for your next video production, too.

The wide maximum aperture gives you extra flexibility to get the shot in low light, and when zoomed in it does a nice job with portraits, defocusing the background to give a pleasing isolation of your subject in space. When you need a lens that's got the ability to gather unique still shots and dynamic, sharp video from a distance — all in one remarkably compact package — the SEL-P18105G should be on your short list.

Product Highlights:

  • 18-105mm f/4 video-friendly power zoom lens with 35mm equivalent of 27-157mm
  • compatible with Sony E-mount digital cameras and camcorders
  • Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization for steadier handheld shots
  • quiet autofocus motor for cleaner sound recording
  • minimum focus distance: 17.72"
  • minimum aperture: f22
  • seven rounded aperture blades for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-1/16" in diameter and 4-9/16" long
  • weight: 15.1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens caps

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  • E PZ 18-105mm F4G OSS zoom lens
  • 72mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH128 lens hood
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions before using
  • Limited Warranty sheet

Features and Specs

General
Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 18-105mm
Maximum Aperture f/4
Weight 15.1 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Optics: The Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4G OSS (SELP18105G) mid-range zoom lens is compatible with the Sony α interchangeable lens cameras with the E-mount. The lens has a focal length of 18-105mm with 35mm full frame cameras like the new A7 (ILCE7 and 7R), and 27-157.5mm on NEX-series cameras with APS-C-sized image sensors. It comes with the ALC-SH128 lens hood, and front and rear lens caps.

G-Series Lens: Sony's G-Series lenses are designed for maximum descriptive power, maintaining excellent peripheral light characteristics and maximizing contrast even at the edges of the frame.

Power Zoom (PZ): The 18-105mm features a powered zoom mechanism. A sliding switch on the side of the lens lets you zoom in and out. The zoom speed is determined by how far you slide the switch. You can also zoom manually by turning the zoom ring.

Optical SteadyShot (OSS): The lens has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which helps achieve crisp, stable images and video in low-light or when zooming in on distant subjects. The OSS feature can be activated in the camera's menu.

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. In Direct Manual focus, you can fine-tune the focus by turning the focusing ring after initially auto-focusing. Manual focusing is performed with the focusing ring as well.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the ALC-SH128 lens hood which helps prevent lens flare. When installed, the lens hood adds approximately 2" to the overall length of the lens. The hood can be stored on the lens by installing it backwards.

Specifications:

Lens E PZ 18-105mm F4G OSS
Focal Length (35mm) 18-105mm
APS-C Equivalent 27-157.5mm
Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups
Maximum Magnification 0.11x
Angle of View 76°-15° (APS-C)
Minimum Focus 1.48' (W) 3.12' (T)
Filter Diameter 72mm
f-stop f/4 maximum
f/22 minimum
Weight 15.1 ounces
Dimensions Diameter=3.062"
Length=4.514" (5.042" with lens caps)

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good travel lens

Written By AnnieB, Centereach, NY on Monday, October 13, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

for the price this lens delivers good IQ photos, at 18-105 it is a good travel lens

Pros: good IQ, nice bokeh

Cons: slightly large for the size of camera

Pleasantly Surprised

Written By JohnD, Charlottesville, VA on Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Feels great on the a6000/NEX6. Not as large as I thought it would be and no extending is very nice (might be a tad large for the NEX5 though). Motorized zoom feels very close to a manual zoom, so no worries there. In fact, I prefer it over my 16-70CZ zoom now. Sharpness is surprisingly good for such a range and well worth the G designation. Some vignetting wide open, but for portraits you shouldn't been shooting at wide angle and for landscape you shouldn't be using f/4 - problem fixed. Highly recommend as a one-lens solution!

Pros: Motorized zoom for video and 18-105 @ f/4.

Cons: Slight vignetting, but not bad.

Sony Sel 18-104 F4 G Lens

Written By RickM, Queens, NY on Friday, March 28, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am a full time working Pro Photographer. As I say tongue in cheek, about my work, "If it moves, I'll chase it" This lens, which was a very long time in coming, from Sony's lens roadmap, was worth the wait. It may seem large to some people, but it is very light in weight, yet very ample feeling. A great feature is that the lens barrel does not extend when zooming. Some reviews highlight moderate pin cushion distortion. It's splitting hairs in my estimation. I found this lens tack sharp, with great color contrast, especially using it with my Sony Nex 7 auto HDR menu setting. The colors just popped. I also own the Zeiss 16-70 which is a fine lens, but this new G lens is much more handy with the additional zoom reach. Crutchfield's liberal return policy is certainly not needed with this lens. Buy it, use it, and love it. I have a great deal of the Nex system, most of it purchased here. This lens rounds out the system. A great multi type optic tool.

Pros: Lens barrel stays the same length when zooming; front element does not rotate. Great for ND or Polarizing filters. Light weight, but very well constructed. Extremely fine zoom and focusing rings. Very accurate.

Cons: ? None that I can find.

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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your camera. They will be able to pull up your camera and see if this will work. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Feb 07, 2014 ]  Staff