Sony Launches New F3.5 Stabilized 18-135mm E-mount lens

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Great news for Sony shooters as Sony is launching their 48th E-mount lens.  This new APS-C lens features a versatile 18-135mm focal length, aperture range of F3.5-F5.6 and Optical SteadyShot™ stabilization.

In the last few years, Sony has gone from a brand people only thought about for Video cameras, blu-ray players and televisions, to a maker of some of the best mirrorless cameras on the planet. 

The problem with being the new kid on the market is that you don't have the catalog of lenses to support your new cameras. Canon, for example, has been making EF lenses since 1987, so, as a consumer, you not only have hundreds of new lenses to choose from, but also thousands of vintage lenses to shoot with. Now of course with an adapter you can put almost any lens on any camera, however, nothing fits and works as well as a lens that's made for a specific body. 

This new lens isn't super fast at only F3.5-5.6, but the range of 18-135mm makes it a lens that you could just leave on the camera if you only had to have one lens for a trip. 

Here are some sample images from Sony. 

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(135mm [202.5 35mm equivalent], F8, 1/160, ISO 100)


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(35mm [52.5 35mm equivalent], F8, 1/200, ISO 100)

Not Bad, right. I bet new owners of the a7riii are salivating and the thought of brand new reasonably priced zoom lens. 

The new E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C Zoom Lens will ship next month and will be sold for about $600 US. 

Full Press Release Below:

Sony Electronics - 01/05/2018
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced its 48th E-mount lens.  This new APS-C lens features a versatile 18-135mm focal length, aperture range of F3.5-F5.6 and Optical SteadyShot™ stabilization.

High Quality 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 APS-C Zoom Lens

The new lens (model SEL18135) features a compact, lightweight design measuring only 2.75 x 3.5 inches and weighing in at a mere 11.5 oz, as well as a high magnification 7.5x optical zoom that covers the wide-ranging focal length of 18-135mm on APS-C or 27-202.5mm in 35mm equivalent focal length.  The lens is an ideal fit for Sony's popular APS-C sensor cameras including α6500, α6300 and α6000, and is an extremely useful tool for a wide range of shooting situations ranging from daily life to portraiture, landscape, nature and travel photography.

The E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entire zoom range thanks to its advanced design featuring one aspherical lens and two extra-low dispersion glass elements that minimize aberrations.  This lens also allows photographers to produce close-up images with pleasing 'bokeh' or background defocus as a result of its maximum magnification ratio of 0.29x and minimum focus distance of 1.48ft.  It also offers built-in optical image stabilization to support handheld shooting.

Additionally, the 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens offers fast, precise, quiet AF performance thanks to a linear motor, making it a perfect complement to the high-speed shooting and impressive video capabilities of many of Sony's mirrorless cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The new E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C Zoom Lens will ship next month and will be sold for about $600 US and $780 CA.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with Sony's extensive lineup of α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony's community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.  Content is also available at the global Sony Photo Gallery.

Detailed information pages within Sony.com for the new products can be found at:

US Lens) - LINK
(CA Lens) - LINK
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