Rated 4 out of 5 by 4
Rated 4 out of 5 by Myxin Very good value for the price
This lens is a very good value for anybody doing both videos and stills. The power zoom is very silent and smooth for videos and the stabilization is very good. For stills, the lens is very sharp from around f5.6 to f8 but a little bit soft wide open. It produces very good images. The constant f4 aperture is very nice and a good compromise to keep the size down and, it makes it very versatile. The lens is quite big though, especially on the small body of my nex 5r, but easy to use and not to heavy. Highly recommended for the price!
August 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WestOkid Very nice all around lens
The lens has great build quality and good optics for a good price. It's only drawback is its form factor. It's rather large. However, the size is relative. If you consider the focal length it covers and the constant F/4 aperture, the size is actually reasonable.
October 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by nickisntmyrealname Vs. SEL18200
This new lens will no doubt be an excellent lens. But the SEL18200 is also an excellent lens. There likely will not be any noteworthy difference in image quality between the two lenses. At its longest focal length, this lens is a little more than a full stop faster than the SEL18200, at the same focal length. The power zoom control on this lens no doubt will work very well indeed, for shooting video, but won't provide any real advantage for shooting still images. This lens evidently will cost less, but this isn't enitirely certain, and will depend on whether it is possible to find discounts for either lens. The two lenses are very nearly identical in size and weight. But the SEL18200 extends to focal length nearly twice as great, and its active steady shot stabilization works amazingly well. It remains to be seen whether this lens will have the active form of optical steady shot. All in all, it is not the least bit apparent whether this lens will be more desirable than the SEL18200, especially for anyone who mainly does still photography.
September 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Leebergtally Good value
I bought this lens because it has a constant f4 aperture and was moderately priced. I'm using it with the NEA EX50 camcorder. It's a good medium range zoom. It's plenty sharp throughout the zoom range. While the power zoom is better than the 18-200 powered zoom that came with my 50, you will still be hard pressed to get a smooth start and end. Also the focus is difficult. I often use the momentary auto focus. Still I am glad I added it to my modest arsenal of lenses.
September 26, 2014