(SR5) First image of the new 18-135mm SAM lens!

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Re: (SR5) First image of the new 18-135mm SAM lens!

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:20 pm

I think the important point is that it's
1: Priced reasonably (ie a lot more affordable than the 16-105mm and 16-80mm)
2: Has a decent optical performance (ie not like the Pentax lens which sucks unless stopped right down and it's very poor tele end)
3: Other stuff like metal/plastic mount well that depends on the price. That is the only area I think the Nikkor 18-105mm is a let down should have a metal mount
4: It could be part of a "kit bundle" and for a reasonable cost (ie bit more than the 18-55mm but not £200 more!)

Most folks can live with some distortion and the "normal not fast speed"

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Re: (SR5) First image of the new 18-135mm SAM lens!

Unread postby redsim74 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:12 pm

Greg Beetham wrote:but one does wonder if the screw drive lens days are numbered.

I highly doubt we'll see another screw drive lens released by Sony... SAM or SSM all the way now.

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Re: (SR5) First image of the new 18-135mm SAM lens!

Unread postby redsim74 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:19 pm

bfitzgerald wrote:4: It could be part of a "kit bundle" and for a reasonable cost (ie bit more than the 18-55mm but not £200 more!)


I'd be surprised if it wasn't, the "long kits" seem quite popular in other mounts, from what I've seen.

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Re: (SR5) First image of the new 18-135mm SAM lens!

Unread postby Birma » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:16 pm

Disappointed if they are moving away from 16 at the short end (i.e. 16-80 and 16-105). Perhaps this makes it too expensive, and 16 at the wide end will be reserved for 'premium' lenses.
Nex 5, Nex 6 (IR), A7M2, A99 and a bunch of lenses.

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Re: (SR5) First image of the new 18-135mm SAM lens!

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:54 pm

16-105mm is nice but it's a pricey lens (£500 odd) and it's quite weak at a number of focal lengths too. I suspect if you simply over zoom the range then you run into all sorts of optical issues. I actually think it's a pretty good idea, maybe not high up the "want list" but so long as Sony don't charge £400 for it or mess up the optics it could be a decent (hate the phrase myself) walk-around lens.


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