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Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS

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Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

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Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS vs Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Why is Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS better than Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS?

  • Has full-time manual focus
  • Is a telephoto lens
  • Includes lens hood
  • 24° narrower minimum angle of view
    vs32°

Why is Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS better than Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS?

  • 0.7f wider aperture at maximum focal length
    5.6fvs6.3f
  • 0.25m shorter minimum focus distance
    0.25mvs0.5m
  • 408g lighter
    116gvs524g
  • 2mm shorter minimum focal length
    16mmvs18mm
  • 7° wider maximum angle of view
    83°vs76°
  • Is a normal lens
  • Has a silent focus motor built into the lens

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General info

1.Front element doesn't rotate
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.

2.weight

524g

116g

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3.maximum focal length

200mm

50mm

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.

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4.Is a telephoto lens
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

A telephoto lens allows you to zoom in on far away objects. This is particularly useful when you need to photograph a subject from a distance, such as wildlife photography, or even in some cases street photography where you can’t get near the subject.

5.Has a metal mount
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.

6.Includes lens hood
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.

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Optics

1.has built-in optical image stabilization
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.

2.optical zoom

11x

3.1x

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

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3.maximum angle of view

76°

83°

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).

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4.minimum angle of view

32°

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

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Aperture

1.widest aperture at maximum focal length

6.3f

5.6f

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

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2.smallest aperture at maximum focal length

40f

36f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

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45f

3.widest aperture

f/3.5

f/3.5

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

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4.Has rounded aperture blades
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

5.aperture blades

7

7

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

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6.smallest aperture at minimum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

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Focus

1.Has full-time manual focus
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

2.Can focus to infinity
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.

3.minimum focus distance

0.5m

0.25m

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

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4.Has focus motor
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

5.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.

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