Hands On Video With Sony 18-110mm F/4

Yesterday we saw the announcement of the Sony 18-110mm F/4 lens for super 35 cameras here at IBC 2016. Here is a hands-on video checking out the new features.

For FS5 and FS7 shooters, the wider focal length of 18mm will be a pleasing addition when compared top the slightly longer 28mm (equivalent to 27-165mm in full frame). The Sony 18-110mm has a constant aperture of F/4, and, weighing only 1105 grams, it keeps camera setups compact and light.

Sony 18-110mm features and specs at a glance:

  • 18-110mm focal length (27-167mm full frame equivalent).
  • Constant F/4 aperture.
  • Smooth Motion Optics minimizes breathing, axial shift and focus shifting.
  • Reversable zoom control (change the zoom ring direction from clockwise to anti clockwise).
  • New removable lens tripod mount.
  • New removable lens cover and lens cap included.

The new lens will be around €3,999  ($4,500 from B&H) and will be available from December 2016. For the full article please click here.

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Gio Fortunato Reply
Gio Fortunato September 10, 2016

It’s not very cheap for a f4 lens, although it’s constant. But It’s in my wishlist from now on!!! Can’t wait to see some footage shot with it!

Oss Rai Reply
Oss Rai September 10, 2016

I don’t understand why Japanese companies always insist to hire dull non English speaking marketing guys that either know nothing about the product, or know nothing about marketing, or need some English classes!

Nino Leitner Reply
Nino Leitner September 10, 2016

Hi Oss, I think your remark is very rude. We prefer to have people involved with the development of products in front of the camera rather than marketing or sales staff.

Nathan Lee Bush September 12, 2016

I agree with Oss. The guy may be an engineer, but did not add much insight into the product. This ‘interview’ was generally Nino telling us about the product, giving the guy a chance to answer, and then getting a vigorous nodding. Not very helpful.

Maybe work on asking more open-ended questions, Nino. Like “what did you have in mind with this lens? What was the development process like? What were some of the engineering challenges?” You were asking him a bunch of yes/no questions and he wasn’t the kind of person that elaborates unprompted.

Johnnie Behiri September 10, 2016

Oss Rai

Your comment is disrespectful. This is one of the people behind that lens. He is not a marketing person. When ever we can, we interview the engineers behind the products and not the people who are trying to sell it

Accept or move on.

Thank you.


Oss Rai Reply
Oss Rai September 10, 2016

Even if they barely can explain anything ?

Matthew Carmody Reply
Matthew Carmody September 10, 2016

How is your Japanese Oss Rai? “Sushi” and “Konnichiwa” is about it I bet. I’m a fluent Japanese speaker, live in Japan for almost 20 years and really couldn’t careless how good or bad his English is. We got all the info we need without all the usual sales pitches. Make a more tactful remark, or don’t mark a remark at all.

Vlad Box Rojas Reply
Vlad Box Rojas September 10, 2016

Trust me. They may not have an expert command of the english language, but they are experts in their product.

Oss Rai Reply
Oss Rai September 10, 2016

Agree that, I do love their products

Jack Laster Reply
Jack Laster September 10, 2016

I’m interested, but the price seems really high. I expected it to be the same as the 28-135.

George Gottlieb Reply
George Gottlieb September 10, 2016

Lloyd Johns something like this instead of 5D4

Mike Silverman Reply
Mike Silverman September 10, 2016

A friend of mine had the 28-135 and said it was soft wide open and the power zoom was not very smooth. For $4500 this one better be sharp as hell with a perfect zoom.

Vlad Box Rojas Reply
Vlad Box Rojas September 10, 2016

Massive and practical.

Chris Blokhuis September 10, 2016

I tried the lens yesterday just before closing time at IBC. It was on a FS7. I noticed that after a ‘crash’ zoom in, for a moment the picture was completely out of focus. I wonder why. Smooth Motion Optics not keeping up? Pre-production model? Autofocus was off.

Johnnie Behiri September 11, 2016

Hi Chris.

Sony is still tweaking that lens and hope to minimize that phenomenon but we were told it will always be there up to a certain degree due to the lenses inside adjusting to the requested focal length.

Thank you!


Silton Buendia September 12, 2016

How was the speed of the crash zoom did it float to a stop as the 28-135 does? It makes it almost un usable. Also the zoom was it terrible and slow like the 28-135?

Chris Blokhuis September 14, 2016

The zoom handle is manual so it was a really fast zoom in. So the zoom is completely manual but focus apparently needs to be corrected for each focal length. And (so I understand) is an electronic system and it is not fast enough for my (super fast!) zoom in.

Matias Goinheix Reply
Matias Goinheix September 11, 2016

whats that brass rosette clamp?

Wally Crow Reply
Wally Crow September 11, 2016

That price is nothing compared to eng lens. Good glass is not cheap.

Florian Lostix September 11, 2016

soo.. they charge 2k for a lens cap now?

Jack Quirk September 13, 2016

Dear Sony, Where are the 2.8 or lower lens? I can not take you seriously if you can’t create glass for the real professionals of the world.

Rafael Odalis Castillo Reply
Rafael Odalis Castillo September 13, 2016

At Least f/2.8 Sony come on !!!