Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
Premium features, compact build Lens mount Sony E
Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras have been hogging the limelight recently – but there’s still plenty of life in the APS-C line-up, for which this lens is designed. Typical of the breed, it’s relatively small and light. It’s actually only slightly lighter than the Canon and Nikon lenses but feels a little more robust, and has a metal rather than plastic mounting plate.
Features include a constant f/4 aperture rating and an OSS (Optical SteadyShot) stabiliser with three-stop performance. The optical path is simple compared with most other lenses on test, with only about two thirds of the total number of elements, but there’s some high-tech Super ED glass in the mix, aiming to boost sharpness and reduce colour fringing.
Centre-sharpness is excellent across the zoom range, but corner sharpness is relatively poor at 10mm, even when stopping down the aperture.
Digital Camera verdict
Performance and image quality are broadly good, although the outright zoom range is relatively small, and the price feels steep compared with some competitors.