18-135mm f3.5-F5.6 zoom attached to Sony α6500 camera

Last week, Sony introduced the world to its 48th E-mount lens. This new APS-C lens is an 18-135mm f3.5-F5.6 zoom aimed to satisfy creative professional working in portraiture, landscapes, nature and travel videography and photography.

The new lens feature a focal length of 18-135mm and an maximum aperture range of F3.5-F5.6, as well as Optical SteadyShot stabilization and a 7.5x optical zoom that Sony says “covers the wide-ranging focal length of 18-135mm on APS-C or 27-202.5mm in 35mm equivalent focal length.”

And according to Sony, the E 18-135mm is supposed to be pretty great with corner-to-corner sharpness, providing “outstanding” sharpness throughout the whole zoom range due to it featuring one aspherical lens element and two low dispersion glass elements that minimize aberrations.


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Also, if you’re wanting close-ups with pleasing bokeh, this lens looks like it will allow for that, thanks to its maximum magnification ratio of 0.29x and minimum focus distance of 1.8ft.

Featuring what is alleged to be a pretty lightweight design, the lens is measured at a compact 2.75 x 3.5 inches and weighs in at just 11.5 oz.

“Additionally, the 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens offers fast, precise, quiet AF performance thanks to a linear motor, making it a perfect complement to the high-speed shooting and impressive video capabilities of many of Sony’s mirrorless cameras, “ says Sony.

If you’re wondering right now what would be a good camera to use with this lens, Sony suggests that it is a perfect fit for their “popular APS-C sensor cameras including ?6500, ?6300 and ?6000.”

Sony’s E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C Zoom Lens will begin shipping in February for about $600. To learn more about this lens, go to Sony.com.

Sean Berry is a blogger and Videomaker's Associate Editor.