If you’re looking for the best budget all-around zoom lens for Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras with E-mount (Sony A6600, A6500, A6400, A6300, A6100, A6000 etc.), you’re at the right spot. These are our top choices:
Best Choice – Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS
The 18-105mm f/4 G OSS (or about 27-158mm in full-frame terms) is an excellent all-around lens that isn’t too expensive and represents a significant upgrade of the kit lens that comes with Sony APS-C cameras. It is perfect for people who don’t like changing lenses that often as it covers the most important focal lengths and retains the same f/4 aperture throughout the range. In terms of sharpness, this lens is pretty good but not spectacular.
We should also mention that this lens is quite popular among video shooters as well since it can zoom in and out using a button on the side of the lens, and provides you with smooth and constant zoom. Pair that with the lens’ great optical image stabilization, and it’s easy to understand why a lot of videographers use it. The lens isn’t exactly small, but that’s understandable considering the lens’ reach and constant aperture.
Option #2 – Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
The 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is a good alternative to the 18-105mm if you want a lens that’s smaller and has a bigger reach. Of course, this comes at the expense of its light-gathering capabilities as this lens doesn’t get as bright (it offers a maximum aperture of f/5.6 when you’re fully zoomed in). If this doesn’t matter much to you, definitely consider buying this lens.
The autofocus is excellent and image quality is very good as far as zoom lenses go. Since it essentially offers a 7.5x zoom, you can use it in almost any situation, making it a perfect choice for travelers who don’t want to be weighed down by heavy gear. We almost forgot, this lens also has optical image stabilization, which means it is also a great option for older Sony cameras that don’t have IBIS (in-body image stabilization).