Sony lens review – Sony SEL 18200 E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS

Sony lens 18-200mm

As saying before in my Sony A6000 camera review, I used to have a single lens for all the tasks. This Sony 18-200 mm is a very good ”all around” tool, which is performing better than the  medium performance lens you can find on the market.

You can shoot macro from more than 1 m distance, which is a great advantage when we talk about shooting insects – for example.

For portraits is also great with the handy capability of using the zoom instead moving yourself forward or backward.

It is wide enough for architecture and landscape – 18 mm.

Great also for wildlife, good zoom (18 – 200 mm) powerful 11x magnification range.

I bought it from eBay, but you have many other choices – just do as you wish. Clicking my link is a good and handy way to see what other buyers have to say about this lens.

Product overview

Sony lens 18-200mm


Product: Sony SEL 18200 E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS

My rating: 5 out of 5




A sophisticated and versatile zoom lens, the SEL18200 from Sony features Optical SteadyShot -OSS, with active mode image stabilization which is  unmatched when shooting movies as you move.

This is APS-C E-mount lens so it matches APS-C image sensor, do not buy it for full frame – professional digital cameras.

Smooth defocusing – Rather than the standard polygon-shaped lens aperture, this lens has a 7-blade circular aperture for a more natural bokeh.

Refined optical performance – The extra-low dispersion glass elements grant superior color fidelity, contrast and resolution, while the aspherical lens elements minimize the distortion.

Fast focusing – The lens has an internal focusing mechanism which means that the lens barrel does not move and has a more compact design, with faster autofocus response, and is reducing the minimum focusing distance.

Lens specifications

  • Mount and format: Sony E-mount with APS-C format
  • Focal length: 18 – 200 mm
  • Minimum aperture: 22 – 40
  • Maximum aperture: 3.5-6.3
  • Aperture blades: 7
  • 35 mm equivalent focal length (APS-C): 27-300 mm
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.3 m for wide and 0.5 m for tele
  • Lens groups/elements: 12/17
  • Angle of view (APS-C): 76°-8°
  • Image stabilization: Optical Steady Shot with Active mode
  • Filter diameter: 67 mm
  • Dimensions: 75.5 mm x 99 mm
  • Weight: 524 g

In the box

  • Lens hood
  • Lens front cap
  • Lens rear cap


I used this lens for about two years with my ex camera – Sony A6000. This is strong and compact lens with great zoom and image quality. In my gallery you can see lot of examples because more than 95% from those shoots are taken with this lens on Sony A6000.

… but let me show here two of them, so we keep it simpler – a landscape in the mountains near Buenavista Del Norte in Tenerife

Buenavista Del Norte in Tenerife


…and a macro picture


Flying butterfly


I specifically chose a butterfly in action so you can see what Sony A6000 with this lens can do on a moving subject.

I hope you enjoyed my Sony lens review and that you have now a better idea about this lens. If this is something you are looking for, I am here to tell you that this single lens will do the ”all around” job with great results – I test it for almost two years shooting thousands of pictures.

Please comment below with anything you want to add or ask, and we will move on from there. I am always happy to help and to improve myself, so go on – test me  🙂 Thanks for reading through the end!


Author: condruzmf

4 thoughts on “Sony lens review – Sony SEL 18200 E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS

  1. Great article,
    I do love photography and have for years but I am certainly not a professional and and just enjoy it as a hobby. It can be very intimidating talking to people in camera stores as it seems like there is so much information that I do not know. I liked this article because it showed me one Great lens that I can use for all the types of photography that I enjoy. I don’t really want multiple lenses yet. Just one, good, solid, all-around lens that I don’t need to mess with too much. The Sony SEL 18200 E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS seems perfect to me.

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