Photos Taken with a Sony 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 E-Mount Lens

This is a selection of photos I’ve taken with the Sony 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 E-Mount lens, a highly versatile zoom lens that’s an especially good pairing with cameras in Sony’a Alpha range such as the a6000, a6400, and a6500.

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The Sony 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 E zoom lens is designed for Sony’s E-mount system, and specifically for cropped-sensor cameras that use the APS-C sized sensor. It has a broad zoom range from 18mm at its widest to 135mm fully zoomed in. When used on an APS-C sensor, it becomes the focal length equivalent of 27mm to 202mm on a full-frame sensor (i.e., 35mm equivalent). So the zoom range makes it an especially versatile choice for travel or everyday photography.

It’s not an especially fast lens, in that it doesn’t have particularly wide maximum apertures for working in low light. Zoomed out to 18mm, it has a maximum aperture of ƒ/3.5. As you zoom in, the maximum aperture reduces until it reaches ƒ/5.6 when you’re fully zoomed in to 135mm. But when working in low light, it does have optical stabilization, which can help regain a few stops. The lens’s minimum aperture ranges from ƒ/22 to ƒ/36, depending on where on the zoom range you’re working.

Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C E-Mount Zoom Lens
  • 7.5x high magnification zoom/ 27-202.5mm (35mm equiv.) focal length. Lens Groups / Elements : 12-16
  • Outstanding sharpness from 1x aspherical and 2x ED glass elements

The photos below were all taken on a Sony a6400, which has an APS-C sized sensor, the type of sensor that this lens is designed for. That combination works very well, but this lens will also work well on other Sony Alpha cameras with an APS-C sensor such as the a6000 and a6500.

I’ve previously posted some practical examples of the zoom range of this lens. What I’m focusing on here is a more general selection of images taken with this lens.

Sony 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens Sample Images

Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 64mm (ie. 96mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 24mm (ie. 36mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 23mm (ie. 34mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/8.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 32mm (ie. 48mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 20mm (ie. 30mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/8.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/6.3.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 20mm (ie. 30mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 22mm (ie. 33mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/11.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 27mm (ie. 40mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 45mm (ie. 67mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.0.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 128mm (ie. 192mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 32mm (ie. 48mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 95mm (ie. 142mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 20mm (ie. 30mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 110mm (ie. 165mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/11.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 135mm (ie. 202mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/8.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/6.3.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/8.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 23mm (ie. 34mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 19mm (ie. 28mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 35mm (ie. 52mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/8.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 20mm (ie. 30mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 19mm (ie. 28mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/10.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 59mm (ie. 88mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/16.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 110mm (ie. 165mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 25mm (ie. 37mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/16.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 64mm (ie. 96mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 83mm (ie. 124mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/8.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 19mm (ie. 28mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/8.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/3.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/11.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 135mm (ie. 202mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/6.3.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 35mm (ie. 52mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/4.5.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 18mm (ie. 27mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/6.3.
Sony 18-135mm Sample Images
Taken with a Sony a6400, zoomed to 22mm (ie. 33mm in 35mm equiv.) and with an aperture of ƒ/7.1.

Things Worth Knowing

The Sony 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 E-Mount Lens takes 55mm filters.

One oddity I’ve found with this lens is that it doesn’t cover the full sensor optically. If you look at a RAW capture, you’ll see very heavy vignetting in the corners. When you import the files into Lightroom, a corrective lens profile is applied automatically that removes the vignetting and stretches out the edges of the frame. So you might never actually see the vignetting in practice unless you disable the lens profile. Applying the lens profile corrections also does a good job of addressing any chromatic aberration or distortion issues you might run into.

The vignetting doesn’t show up in JPG captures because the camera is applying the profile correction in-camera before it saves the file to the memory card.

Sony E 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens Price & Availability

Check current price and availability of the Sony E 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 at:

Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C E-Mount Zoom Lens
  • 7.5x high magnification zoom/ 27-202.5mm (35mm equiv.) focal length. Lens Groups / Elements : 12-16
  • Outstanding sharpness from 1x aspherical and 2x ED glass elements

You can also often find used copies at KEH.

Accessories for the Sony E 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6

Filters. It takes regular 55mm screw-in filters: Polarizer | UV/Haze | ND

Lens Hood. It comes with a lens hood. If you need a replacement, the model number is ALCSH153.

Lens Caps. It takes standard Sony front (ALC-F55S) and rear (ALCR1EM) lens caps.

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Discussion

  1. Thanks for your all sample images taken by this Sony 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 E zoom lens.

    I do have one Sony 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 E zoom lens along with my Sony a6400 mirrorless camera. Do I need to have another Telephoto lens? If yes, please let me know the budget Telephoto lens for this Sony mirrorless camera. Basically, I am an amaeteurist, not a pro; its my hobby only.

    Thanks for your advice.

    Reply
    • With such a versatile lens, it’s obviously not a requirement to have another telephoto lens (or any lens, for that matter). You can get a lot of great shots in a lot of different shooting conditions just with that lens.

      But if you wanted one with more reach, perhaps to capture wildlife or sports, there are a couple of good options. On the budget end, the Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens would be a good option. There’s an even better lens (but also more expensive) in the Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS Lens.

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