Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS review

The Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is a smart choice as a travel and walkabout lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras

Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras are compact and lightweight, making them well suited to travel and walkabout photography. That advantage is somewhat lost if you need to carry a bag full of lenses with you along the way, and maybe a tripod. Stretching from good wide-angle coverage to strong telephoto reach, and with the inclusion of Optical SteadyShot, this all-purpose lens works for a myriad of photo opportunities. Its handling, image quality and all-round performance make it a smart buy at the price.


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    Versatile zoom range

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    Optical image stabilization

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    Good overall performance


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    No weather-seals

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    Mediocre mid-edge sharpness at long zoom settings

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Although compact and lightweight at 326g, the Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS qualifies as a ‘superzoom’ lens. With an effective zoom range of 27-202.5mm, taking the 1.5x crop factor of Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras into account, it gives pretty much the same sweep of focal lengths as a 28-200mm on a full-frame camera. But it does so in a much smaller build, making it eminently suitable as a walkabout and travel lens, taking everything from wide-angle to telephoto shots in its stride.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.