Just announced: silver Sony a6300 camera and a new Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens

Sony unexpectedly announced a silver version of their a6300 camera (available also as a lens kit) and a new Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens - here are the lens details:

  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 27-202.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Maximum Aperture Range: f/3.5-5.6
  • Two ED Elements & One Aspherical Element
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Linear AF Motor
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5'
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
Focal Length 18 - 135mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 202.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View Not Specified by Manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Magnification 0.29x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.4
Elements/Groups 16 / 12
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.75 x 3.5 mil (0.07 x 0.09 mm)
Weight 11.5 oz (326 g)

Sample photos can be found here. Additional pictures:

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  • Chaitanya

    Using those big lenses on tiny bodies, thanks but no thanks. Ergonomics are important than just miniaturisation for the sake of miniaturisation.

    • Văn Nhân Nguyên

      This lens is big because it is a 18-135 zoom lens. Other aps-c lens is much smaller when compare with other brand.

      • Chaitanya

        Other than 10-18mm and 16-50mm lenses all other E mount Zoom lenses are out of place on these tiny ILCs. There is a good reason why even micro 4/3rd camera makers also stopped making small bodies(Panasonic GH, and G series and Olympus EM-1) and went for slightly bigger and better balanced cameras.

        • The balance is fine if you have even a modicum of technique. You just place your left hand under the lens. At 326 grams it’s not like it’s heavy at all.

  • Enche Tjin

    It is better than Sony E 18-105mm f/4 PZ which is larger (72mm) and designed more for video. It’s late, but better than nothing. Sony stills need to revamp their APS-C lenses if they still want to compete with Fuji in APS-C. Let’s hope that 18-135mm is a signal that Sony is starting to turn their focus on APS-C system again.

  • TurtleCat

    I always wonder why it’s 18-xx focal length zooms instead of 16-xx or 17-xx. Of course they are rounded off and measured at infinity or something but it seems like it would benefit people to have a bit wider than 18mm on a crop sensor.

    • Duncan Dimanche

      yep !

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