Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 is a Variable aperture Auto Focus (AF) Standard 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 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens good for?
The choice of photography type for which you intend to use the Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 is a crucial decision factor. Below, we have assessed its suitability for various photography scenarios:
Reasons to Buy the Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens in a list form to assist you in determining whether it offers the features you need.
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| Lens Extends while zooming
| Slow Aperture at Tele end
| Variable Aperture
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 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
The size and weight are crucial factors to consider when searching for your next lens. Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 has a maximum diameter of 66mm and total length of 77mm when not extended. It weighs 235g / 8.3 oz.
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 has a filter thread of 55mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6:
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 has a focal range of 18-70mm and 3.9X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-105mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.
Optical Image Stabilization
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 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).
Alternatively, you can check the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC OS HSM C in Sony Alpha mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
Lenses Similar to Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 With Optical Image Stabilization
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 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.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.25x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.38m. 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 Standard Zoom type Sony Alpha mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 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 f39 at 70mm .
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6's optical formula consists of 11 elements in 9 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- 1 aspherical
- 1 ED glass element
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 comes with a removable petal shaped lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos. The model number of the hood is PH-RBA.
Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 is available in Black color.
Popular Comparisons of Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
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