Black Sony 18-200 NEX fit Zoom release

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Black Sony 18-200 NEX fit Zoom release

Unread postby alphaomega » Thu May 17, 2012 11:11 am

From SAR
Interesting notes:
If you were wondering what’s the difference between the enw 18-200mm lens and the old 18-200mm lens read Asai’s (Sony manager) statement at Amateur Photographer: “Costing £670, the new 18-200mm will be £30 cheaper than the existing version. However, it does not offer the same level of image stabilisation and its minimum close focusing distance is 30cm, compared to 50cm on the current model, said Asai.”
What is the point? Why would Sony reduce the effectiveness of built in image stabilisation? I guess the reduction in close focusing distance would be welcome by some.

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Re: Black Sony 18-200 NEX fit Zoom release

Unread postby agorabasta » Thu May 17, 2012 11:56 am

They had a problem of not offering a kit for P&S superzoom upgraders. The original SEL18-200 is way too expensive and large for that purpose.

So they simply add a cheap Tamron-based superzoom and are now able to offer a good enough relatively cheap kit.

I expect to see F3/18200LE kit having that lens at about half its standalone MSRP.

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Re: Black Sony 18-200 NEX fit Zoom release

Unread postby alphaomega » Thu May 17, 2012 1:35 pm

They had a problem of not offering a kit for P&S superzoom upgraders. The original SEL18-200 is way too expensive and large for that purpose.
So they simply add a cheap Tamron-based superzoom and are now able to offer a good enough relatively cheap kit.

Good point agorabasta. Here is the quote from Amateur Photographer
Costing £670, the new 18-200mm will be £30 cheaper than the existing version. However, it does not offer the same level of image stabilisation and its minimum close focusing distance is 30cm, compared to 50cm on the current model, said Asai.

So why would anybody (other than those craving the Sony name on the lens) spend £670 on essentially a Tamron lens when you can buy the Tamron on Amazon UK for £500 delivered? I think that David Kilpatrick quite likes his Tamron 18-200 for NEX.
Not sure Tamron will appreciate the comment that their image stabilisation is less efficient than Sony's own. Maybe reviewers can pass a verdict here.

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Re: Black Sony 18-200 NEX fit Zoom release

Unread postby Birma » Thu May 17, 2012 2:12 pm

I expect that once things settle down there will be more difference in the price - the new lens is overall a smaller package as well - in SGNL they gave the idea that the new lens was for stills people, and the "more expensive" and larger original model was really for the videographers and was a kit lens for the Nex Video bodies (VG20 etc.).

Unless it was better than my SEL 55-210 at the long end I'll stick with changing lenses :) .
Nex 5, Nex 6 (IR), A7M2, A99 and a bunch of lenses.

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Re: Black Sony 18-200 NEX fit Zoom release

Unread postby agorabasta » Thu May 17, 2012 2:14 pm

The SEL18200 is a video lens, primarily. So it's able to stabilise image with no jerks in real time. That's a completely different and more complex type of IS.

The new LE version will find some sales due to lower (and to lower further) price; but I believe, it's main intention is the kit sales.

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Re: Black Sony 18-200 NEX fit Zoom release

Unread postby Lonnie Utah » Thu May 17, 2012 5:04 pm

Y.A.W.N.

Hey Sony, what happened to the 2012 roadmap. Are we taking a detour??
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Re: Black Sony 18-200 NEX fit Zoom release

Unread postby bossel » Thu May 17, 2012 11:12 pm

Owning a Tamron 18-200, I can say the image stabilization is just excellent. Full stop.


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