SEL1670Z or SELP18105G or SEL18200LE

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by BYee, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. BYee

    BYee TalkEmount Rookie

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    Sep 23, 2014
    I've been shooting with a Canon 5dMK2 with L series lenses but bought the Sony A6000 for travel use. The Sony A6000 is the perfect setup with the 55-210mm lens but I wanted the Sony SEL18200LE to avoid lens swaps.

    I picked up the following 3 Sony lens today.

    SEL1670Z $770
    SELP18105G $450
    SEL18200LE $630

    Now I have to make the difficult decision to pick 1 or 2 of the lens to keep. I like the size & weight of the 16-70mm f4 but not the range. I like the range of the 18-105mm f4 but not the size or weight. The 18-200LE is a great all around lens but hoping for a f4 lens vs a floating f stop.

    Return policy is 10 days, so I have have 10 days to make a decision.

    Any advice you can give me will be grateful!
     
  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Tough choices. They are all so different.
     
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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    If a specific focal length coverage is your only requirement then it looks like only the 18-200 fits your need above...
     
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  4. Kruschtel

    Kruschtel New to TalkEmount

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    Aug 9, 2014
    Germany
    I had the 1670 and the 18105 and kept the latter one.
    The 1670 has the advantage of 16mm wide, but I also own the 1650 and the 1018.
    The 18105 has the advantage of more tele, lower DOF at >70mm and is a bargain.
    If you want to stick with one lens and prefer to have the 16, I'd either recommend the 1670 or combining the 18105 with the 1650 since the latter weighs next to nothing and allows you a secondary setup with focus on very small size.
    I initially thought I'd miss the 16mm more, but actually am having a blast shooting at longer focal lengths and f4.
    I wouldn't go for the 18200 because its heavier and loses a full stop quite early in tele range. And equivalent 160 mm with the 18105 is no dog either :)
    I have done some review and pixel peeing here:
    http://luxorphotoart.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-review-selp18105-zoom-lens-in.html
     
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  5. 986ster

    986ster TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 15, 2013
    Kruschtel,
    Thanks for the write up. Do you happen to know if the iPhoto RAW converter corrects for the 18-105's CA?
     
  6. Kruschtel

    Kruschtel New to TalkEmount

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    Aug 9, 2014
    Germany
    Sorry, I have no experience with iphoto.
    You can use the free (!) Capture One Express for Sony, the free IDC from Sony, too.
    I use DNG converter to be able to use my old copy of Photoshop for my A6000 and my new lenses.
    The 18105s CA is much less than that of my SEL50. Adobe doesn't fully correct it either, but newer versions of Lightroom seem to have a manual slider to adjust CA correction.
    With both lenses there is another simple workaround, to reduce magenta/violet saturation selectively, colors that are not naturally present in most scenes.
     
  7. gmutt26

    gmutt26 TalkEmount Regular

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    May 14, 2013
    I am also looking for a good all use lens. I am selling the kit lens as I really don't like it. I thought sel24 or 1670 or 18200. I don't really shoot past 50 and most photos are of my daughter but it's the money. All cost :-& 400_500 any help???

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