Pack the suitcase (and don't forget this lens)
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.