Announced alongside the NEX-3 and NEX-5 camera bodies in mid-May 2010, the Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens (SEL18200) offers the most telephoto reach of any E-mount lens yet announced, and includes the company's more powerful Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode, which compensates for a greater degree of movement during video recording. Its optical formula includes 17 elements in 12 groups, with five of them aspheric, and one ED extra-low dispersion element. The lens' iris has 7 circular blades, and like all NEX lenses, the SEL18200 uses near-silent stepper motors for both autofocus drive and iris control. The E 18-200mm also provides the highest maximum magnification of any current NEX lens, at approximately 0.35x, and its minimum focusing distance is 11.8 inches. It's also the largest and heaviest NEX lens model, with a barrel diameter that tapers outwards to a maximum of 75.5mm, a length of 99mm,and a weight of 524 grams. For filter attachement, the Sony SEL18200 lens provides a 67mm filter thread.
The Sony SEL18200 lens is priced at $800 in the US market, and availability here is expected during the fall. In Japan, a specific availability date of Friday, September 10 2010 has now been set.
Sony's NEX-3 camera with E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens attached.
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