Inter BEE 2013 live show replay: Sony NEX 18-105mm f4 servo zoom lens shows promise

By site editor Dan Chung:

Inter BEE 2013: Newsshooter looks at the Sony NEX 18-105mm f4 from Teradek on Vimeo.

Sony brought their 18-105mm servo zoom lens onto our live show at the Atomos/Teradek booth at Inter BEE in Japan last week. The new lens seems well suited for run-and-gun shooting with its constant f4 aperture and Optical Steadishot coupled with a nice mid-wide to mid-telephoto zoom range. Autofocus seemed quite snappy although it did struggle from time to time in the low light of our set. Manual focus is fly-by-wire which works quite well, but is no substitute for a ‘proper’ manual focus ring. It should be available before the end of the year.

Sony E mount 18-105mm f/4


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Posted on November 20th, 2013 by Dan Chung | Category: Interbee, Sony FS100, Sony FS700, Sony NEX |

3 responses to "Inter BEE 2013 live show replay: Sony NEX 18-105mm f4 servo zoom lens shows promise"

  1. Clermond Says:
    December 27th, 2013 at 2:09 am

    unfortunately this lens is not usable for the FS100/700 series as it has a heavy pincushion distortion which is not corrected by camera software. See more details and some examples at

  2. Clermond Says:
    December 27th, 2013 at 2:53 am

    you may decide by yourself whether this lens is usable or not. At least FS100/700 is not supported officially by Sony for this lens. It’s a pity as it has great features and there is nothing comparable for FS series run & gun shooting with AF, face detection and motor zoom.

    • admin Says:
      December 27th, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Yes several users have reported the barrelling issue. I have the lens now and to be honest I think it is still usable with caution. As you say there are few alternatives right now so in a fast moving news environment I might still use the 18-105.

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