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Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm f/4

Zoom lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras

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Overview

Our take on the Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm f/4

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 a 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, and you've got a lens that's tailor-made for your next video production, too.

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 a 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, 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 SELP18105G should be on your short list.

Product Highlights:

  • 18-105mm f/4 video-friendly power zoom lens
  • compatible with Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • 35mm equivalent focal length:
    • full-frame cameras: 18-105mm
    • APS-C cameras: 27-157mm
  • 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

Excellent lens Very sharp and quite Motorized zoom works perfect

Paul, Henderson, NV

What's in the Box:

  • 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
Reviews

Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm f/4 Reviews

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(9 Reviews)

Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm f/4

Paul from Henderson, NV on 7/19/2017

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Excellent lens Very sharp and quite Motorized zoom works perfect

Pros: All

Cons: None

Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm f/4

Anonymous from Laurel, MD on 3/21/2017

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I have purchased Auto and Home audio equipment from Crutchfield before but this is the first time for my photography hobby. I am very happy with this purchase of the Sony SELP18105G Lens. The quality of the photographs that I take with this Lens is very good and so far I am happy with the image quality.

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Great lens, great images quality.

Dagmar from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 2/26/2017

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Awesome lens from Sony and very high quality for the price ;I highly recommend this lens.

Pros: Awesome lens.

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Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm f/4

Alvin from Ann Arbor, MI on 1/22/2017

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What a great lens! While it's a little bulky, the range is perfect for an everyday lens to keep on my camera. Does great Bokah for portrait shots while the zoom is great for farther shots. Definitely recommend!!

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Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm f/4

Anonymous from Portsmouth, NH on 12/29/2016

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Great overall lens. Well built and sharp.

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Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm f/4

Anonymous from Fairmont, MN on 11/26/2016

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Needed a lens, with wide field , able to take close up and further away. .I have a 55-210 ,,4/5-6/3 and a 16-50 f.3.5-5.6 lens for the camera. Don't have to switch lenses now unless I'm inside switch to use the flash , then the 16-50 lens is used. At a auditorium at aclass play only used the 18-105 with no flash with great results, It works great, shape pictures, able to focus on an individual in a crowd. Great one lens solution for my use . Its great.

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good travel lens

AnnieB from Centereach, NY on 10/13/2014

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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

JohnD from Charlottesville, VA on 9/25/2014

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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

RickM from Queens, NY on 3/28/2014

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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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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:

LensE PZ 18-105mm F4G OSS
Focal Length (35mm)18-105mm
APS-C Equivalent27-157.5mm
Lens Construction16 elements in 12 groups
Maximum Magnification0.11x
Angle of View76°-15° (APS-C)
Minimum Focus1.48' (W) 3.12' (T)
Filter Diameter72mm
f-stopf/4 maximum
f/22 minimum
Weight15.1 ounces
DimensionsDiameter=3.062"
Length=4.514" (5.042" with lens caps)

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Reviews on various websites and needed a general purpose lens.[ Justin  Aug 29, 2017 ]
I chose this lens due to the good reviews I saw on YouTube and it's affordability.[ Orlando  Jul 24, 2017 ]
price break for open box item[ Kathleen  Jul 10, 2017 ]
Sony's "G" line of lenses gets very good reviews and is a step up from the kit lens.[ Bonnie  May 11, 2017 ]
Awesome video lens and all-purpose travel lens.[ Sathia  May 07, 2017 ]
Good travel lens[ James  May 05, 2017 ]
REVIEWS ON THE LENS AND MY EXPERIENCE WITH SONY PRODUCTS.[ Dennis  Mar 27, 2017 ]
Wanted to get a zoom lens for my a6000[ Louis  Feb 24, 2017 ]
Great everyday lens. It rarely leaves my camera.[ ERIC  Dec 05, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.[ Krissy  Sep 28, 2015 ]  Staff
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
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