differences

Reasons to consider the Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount

Significantly narrower aperture f/32 vs f/22
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At its narrowest, the 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount goes 1.1 f-stops narrower
Better telephoto 200 mm vs 135 mm
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Around 50% more reach, less perspective distortion
Slightly smaller diameter 71 mm vs 76 mm
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Around 10% smaller lens at the end
Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Learn more about
the Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount

Reasons to consider the Sony 18-135mm

Significantly more zoom 7.5x vs 3.6x
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More than 2x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4
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At its widest, the 18-135mm captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 55 mm
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3.1x better wide angle
Sony 18-135mm Learn more about
the Sony 18-135mm

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Length Short Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount85 mm
18-135mm89 mm
Weight Light weight Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount305 g
18-135mm397 g
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount55 mm
18-135mm18 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount71 mm
18-135mm76 mm
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount200 mm
18-135mm135 mm

competitors

Sony 18-135mm Competitors

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Travel lens

$549 - $573

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Zoom range Less zoom
Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Travel lens

$675

Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Max focal length Better telephoto
Length Slightly longer
Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

Wide angle lens

$138 - $298

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Length Shorter
Zoom range Significantly less zoom

Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Competitors

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Travel lens

$549 - $573

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture

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