for MAY 1, 2015
Is Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ any good? I dunno – I haven’t seen it.
But I can say that the Sony 10-18mm is a ‘MARVELous Ultrawide!’
The 10-18mm has been out for some time now – about 2 1/2 years in fact (having been released in September, 2012).
I didn’t buy it initially for 2 reasons:
– I really prefer a wide-angle lens that goes to a 35mm FoV (I just find it much more usable)
– At $900 (CAD) the question comes to mind: would that money be better spent on the (at that time anticipated) full frame wide-angle for my A7 instead (the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 was released November 2014 at a price of $1600 CAD)
I’m still considering the 16-35mm, and likely will, one-day, buy it.
But there’s only so much cashola to go around – and many interesting things on the horizon. As I continue to flesh-out my Sony kit care must be taken in setting priorities (though only until my lucky winning lotto numbers come up).
In the mean-time I decided to go ahead with the purchase of the 10-18mm. Ultimately, there are 3 main traits that sold me on it as a good value:
1 – IT’S SMALL
The 10-18mm is 2.75″ x 2.50″ and weighs 225g. That’s not as small as the Nikon1’s 6.7-13mm which is 2.22″ x 1.81 and 125g.
But if you’re looking for a small, light system for travel and deciding between the A6000 and A7x, the 10-18mm is notably smaller than the FE 16-35mm which comes in at 3.07″ x 3.88″ and 518g.
Lens: FoV Weight
Nikon1 6.7-13mm 18-35mm 125g
Sony 10-18mm 15-27mm 225g
Sony FE 16-35mm 16-35mm 518g
2 – IT’S GOOD
All lenses are a compromise – ‘trade-offs’ are the nature of the game when it comes to lens design. So for me, it’s always a question of ‘how good it fits my needs’.
The lens doesn’t go out to 35mm, but that would have made it larger (and I like its small size). It’s not weather-sealed, but otherwise build quality is quite good indeed! The constant f4 aperture works for me and the OSS is much appreciated. The lens isn’t super-sharp as in ‘prime lens sharp’ (nor would I expect it to be) but it is pretty-darn sharp for a WA Zoom when stopped down a click or two.
Overall, a very good ‘fit’ for me!
3 – IT’S VERSATILE
Here’s the cool thing about this lens: I can use it on my A6000 as designed/intended.
I can use it on my A7 in crop mode (with reduced file size). Or, I can use it in full-frame mode on my A7 with vignetting and crop it in post (the image circle actually covers more than the APS-C sized sensor on this lens).
For someone looking to travel light those are pretty good options. It means you don’t need to commit now to taking the APS-C body, or the Full-Frame body. Decide later – at the time of your trip. You can take either (or both!) bodies and still get excellent results using this lens.
Would I recommend this lens?
First I have to say that if you’re new to shooting wide-angle, it (wide-angle in general) can be a challenge and take some practice (perhaps a topic for another post) – but don’t give up! Learning to ‘see’ in wide-angle can be very rewarding, and the result is beautiful images from an interesting perspective.
BTW – wide-angle is not just for landscapes nor do I consider myself a landscape photographer. Did you know that the 16-35mm is by far the most commonly used zoom lens by Reuter’s photographers?
As for the 10-18mm specifically, I would give it top marks, and highly recommend it. But don’t take my word for it.
She-Hulk – what did you think of the lens?
She-Hulk: “She-Hulk NOT smash!”
Sony ILCE-6000 E 10-18mm F4 OSS ƒ/4.0 18.0 mm 1/60 ISO2500 +.3ev