Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS E-mount lens review by jeffreybehr

reviewer#21435 date: Nov-28-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zony 24-70 F4
price paid:$800
positive:Zoom range, high image quality
negative:Bulk, weight. However, it feels quite OK on my a7R2 with batterygrip.
comment:I've been looking for a superzoom lens for my various cameras--Sony a99, LOTS of Canon EOS fullframes, Sony a7R a couple years ago, Samsung NX1--forever*. This is the first one I've found. Recognizing its basic nature--as a superzoom--it's excellent. Its distortions and corner darkenings are fixed instantly and automatically, in-camera for JPGs and in Adobe Camera RAW in Photoshop for RAWS, and the results are VERY nice. After renting and testing this for about a week, the snob in me wanted a higher-IQ lens and bought a new Zony 24-70/F4. Wrong lens--or wrong copy; this 24-70's IQ was NOT AS GOOD as the 240's over the lengths of the 24-70, so it'll be sold and I'll keep and buy the rented 24-240 (from LensRentals.com).

To summarize, this lens is FAR better than its reputation on the 'net indicates, or at least my copy is. Coupled with the Zony 16-35/F4, I'm happy with two lenses covering a broad range of focal lengths.

* The closest I've gotten previously was the Zuiko 12-60 on an Oly EM-5 MkII, with an equivalent field of view of 24-120 on a 35.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.43
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 4.14
  • flare control: 4.29
  • overall: 4.40
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