Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS

£659/$849

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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.

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