Sony SEL 1018 f4 OSS + Sony NEX 7 Rolling Review Part I

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11 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Viktor, thanks for running these tests and sharing the results – frankly, what we see here is by far more convincing than the recent review on the LL site :). And your pics. did change my perception of the SEL 10-18 quite a bit. However, more results would be needed to show esp. the wide open performance at 10mm in the corners – PF, magenta casts, detail smearing and vignetting would be usual culprits hiding in details, to check for :). jpr2

    • I agree, more tests would be needed to make final conclusion, but so far I am very positive. It’s a kind of relief after 16-50 experience. Let’s hope my initial impression will be confirmed by more serious tests and pro reviewers. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Corwin says:

    Well, if you will keep it, I guess Adobe Flat Field correction plugin might come handy. 🙂

    It wont give you detail lost, but it gets rid of that color cast. Capture One has similar thing built-in.

    I guess Sony doesnt bother with this much as newer NEX (NEX-6 or 5R or F3) dont have this issue (much less glass over sensor). Sorta expect NEX-7 successor sooner or later..

  3. Thanks Corwin. FletField might do it, I will certainly try it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Viktor! Thanks for your review! Based on your information I bought the 10-18. I am a beginner/enthusiast photographer. I own a Nex 7. My question is: This lens is a fixed f/4.0 Is it good for long exposure photography? Usually, it is recommended for long exposure photograph to close to 8.0 in order to get all the scene sharp but if the lens stops at 4.0 How could one compensate for that?!

    • Hi, If I understand your question, I think you are confused with a term – fixed aperture. In fact, you understand it well, but it does not mean fixed aperture always, ceratinly not in this case. Proper expression should be – fixed maximum aperture. That means that SEL 1018 has a fixed maximum aperture f/4, but can be stopped down up to f/22.
      Some zoom lenses, usually cheaper kit ones have variable maximum apertures – f/3.5 – f/5.6 i.e. That means that wide open (at 18mm i.e.) lens can be opened to f/3.5, but as you zoom in to 55mm (maximum aperture will close to f/5.6.
      Such a lens is easier to design, but not so convenient to use.
      So, to answer your question – you can stop your SEL1018 to f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16 and f/22.

    • Anonymous says:

      The correct term in this case is constant maximum aperture of f/4 through its zoom range.

    • Thanks, constant is correct.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi, could you tell me where I can get SEL1018? Thanx 🙂

  1. June 14, 2015

    […] Unfortunately we weren’t able to get testing sample of the lens soon enough after release and thus we lost interest to make a full review, but since we finally got one from the local Sony PR agency (Bison&Rose Prague), we decided to make at least very brief comparison between it and another Sony WA zoom made for APS-C sensor size – Sony 10-18mm f/4,0 OSS SEL which we reviewed some time ago – […]

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