Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM is a Variable aperture Auto Focus (AF) Superzoom Zoom
lens with APS-C / DX max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with A Mount
What type of photography is the Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
Reasons to Buy Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Zoom Lock
| Versatile Lens with a Zoom Ratio of 7x
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| Lens Extents while zooming
| Slow Aperture at Tele end
| Variable Aperture
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM is compatible with cameras that have a Sony Alpha lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony Alpha lenses are Sony A68, Sony A77 II and Sony A58.
Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM has a maximum diameter of 76mm and total length of 86mm when not extended. It weighs 398g / 14.0 oz.
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM has a filter thread of 62mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM:
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM has a focal range of 18-135mm and 7.5X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-202.5mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.
Optical Image Stabilization
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM has a Zoom lock feature which eliminates Zoom creep where focal length of the lens changes with gravity when it's held downwards or upwards.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.25x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m. For a non-macro lens, the 0.25x is considered a high magnification and will come handy for close-up shots.
Below are the 3 Superzoom Zoom type Sony Alpha mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f3.5 and a minimum aperture of f22 at 18mm, and a max aperture of f5.6 and minimum aperture of f32 at 135mm .
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM's optical formula consists of 14 elements in 11 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- 2 aspheric elements
- 1 extra-low dispersion glass element
Popular Comparisons of Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
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Top Alternatives of Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens
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