Having to change lenses as you shoot can slow you down and introduce unwanted changes in image quality. Whether you shoot stills or movies, the 18–105 mm (full-frame equivalent = 27–157.5 mm) zoom range and quality of this fine G Lens will be more than enough for most shooting situations, plus you have the added advantage of smooth power zoom.
An advanced optical design that incorporates two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and three aspherical elements offers enviable G Lens image quality throughout the zoom range. Excellent sharpness and contrast are maintained through the image area, supporting natural, true-to-life rendering that deftly captures even the subtlest visual nuances.
Sony Handycam technology has been implemented in the SELP18105G to ensure smooth, quiet zooming that is ideally suited to moviemaking. Focusing benefits from the same type of pro-level technology, providing smooth, quiet operation that is also responsive. The length of the lens remains constant while zooming or focusing. Zoom reversing is available after software update.
Fingertip control of zoom speed via the zoom lever on the lens barrel or the zoom ring makes it possible to zoom smoothly while maintaining a sure, steady grip on the camera. This can be a significant advantage for consistent, stable handling, especially when shooting movies.
A constant F4 aperture across the entire 18–105mm range means you can zoom and reframe as necessary without having to think about changing exposure settings. Even at maximum telephoto zoom you can usually shoot without having to boost ISO sensitivity and potentially increase noise.
G Lenses are renowned for their beautifully smooth background bokeh. A 7-blade circular aperture design is part of the reason, enhancing smoothness and producing natural highlights. Smooth background defocusing can make the in-focus subject really stand out in images with almost three-dimensional depth.
Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization compensates for camera shake that can blur images when shooting handheld. Sharp, clear night scenes or indoor shots in dim lighting can be captured without the need to boost ISO sensitivity and risk increased noise.