Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5–5.6 OSS E-mount lens review by QuietOC
|QuietOC#44180 date: Nov-24-2018|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM|
Sony E 16-50 F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Vario-Sonnar 16-80 F3.5-4.5 DT
Sony DT 16-105 F3.5-5.6
Tamron SP 17-50 F2.8
Sony E 18-55 F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM I & II
Sony DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony DT 18-135 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 & RS
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di
Tokina 28-80 F2.8 AT-X Pro
Minolta AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 & RS & Xi
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta AF 28-80 D & 28-100 D
Minolta AF 35-70 F4
Minolta AF 35-80 II
|price paid:||100 USD (A7II Kit)|
|positive:||Flat focus plane|
Very little focus breathing
Extends very little with zoom
Smooth zoom and precise focus
Matte rubber and plastic feel great
Variable relative aperture
Limited zoom range
Slightly soft at long end
|comment:||I picked this up at my local camera store as part of a new Sony A7II retail kit for $100 more than the body-only sale price. The original list price was $500, but it seems to have been permanently reduced to $400 last year after briefly being on sale for $350. It normally costs $200 extra in a camera kit. "Made in Thailand"|
On the A7II this lens is equivalent to a 18-50mm F2.3-3.7 zoom on APS-C--comparable to Fuji's XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 or a 14-35mm F1.8-2.8 zoom on Four-Thirds. It is considerably larger than the APS-C E-mount kit lenses but about the same size as the little Minolta AF 35-70 F4 on an adapter.
The rear element is very recessed. The optical design looks like it could have been used on an SLR. It would have been a tiny SLR zoom lens. The most retracted focal length is around 48 mm like the Minolta 28-80 D and 28-100 D zooms, but it extends much less at the extremes than either of those zooms.
The 70 mm end is much tighter than the Minolta 35-70 F4 and even a bit tighter than the Tamron 28-75 F2.8.
The exterior is smooth matte black plastic and rubber. It is nicer to touch than the metallic finishes on the APS-C lenses like the 18-55 OSS.
The plastic petal hood uses a similar two lobe bayonet like the Sony DT 35 F1.8 and 85 F2.8 SAM lenses and will mount on those lenses.
This is yet another underrated E-mount lens. Image quality is very good. The long end is a bit soft wide-open especially on the 24 MP A6000. The 18-55 OSS is sharper at the long end in the center.