For those who scored one of the recent Sony a7c or a7 III bargains, and wanting something more advanced than a kit lens but is on a budget, this constant aperture F4 zoom lens would be ideal as it covers the most common focal ranges. It is also light weight enough for travelling.
Used ones are selling for $700-800 on Gumtree and eBay. So under $700 after $100 cash back for a new one with warranty is a bargain. If you have the Amex Sony $60 cash back offer, then price match and buy from Sony to stack the savings.
Note that Sony cash back is hit and miss, there is a chance you will have to chase them up.
Better to do price match at Sony store if you are near one to get immediate rebate.
Who’s it for?
Suitable for shooting portraits, landscapes and general photography, this lens is a natural ‘walk-around’ partner for the α7 cameras, partly because of its size but also because it has been designed for high-performance cameras. It’s also a better performer on cameras with 36 x 24mm sensors than with APS-C models (we tested it on both).