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

reviewer#44054 date: May-4-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:28-70 kit - and tons of a-mount lenses
The 28-70f3.5-5.6 FE (kit) is a tiny little bit better at AF in dark environments (evening photography) the 24-240FE needs a tiny bit more AF-time (i can live with that).
price paid:752€
positive:Affordable (compared to the 24-105f4)
Good for a 10x zoom
best range is from 24-100mm
than things get less sharp
With enough light 240mm stays usable
72mm filter thread
negative:not among the lightest lenses
the hood is ok - but not as good as from the Sony-Zeiss 24-70
not super-sharp above 105mm - still usable (tests at around 160mm, 200 + 240mm). (Better on the A6000 though due to crop-factor).
comment:You have to upgrade to firmware version 4 onthe A7II to get good AF - i tried it with version 3.30 and AF was weak (lens firmware was already at release 2).
This review now contains the first batch of real test-shots, and i'm rather happy with the results.
I did some sharpness tests on my charts at the wall - i do believe this lens is at least on par with the 28-70 at first sight - real life tests confirm this thought.
There is a cashback at this moment (until the end of July 2018 of +/- 100€) - that's what made me buy it (got it at 750€).
I do believe this lens compares rather well with the 24-105-f4 offer even though it's not continous F4 - and we take the price-difference into account (40% cheaper) - i see the extra's above 105mm as a bonus, and it starts at 24mm instead of 28 - so The kitlens 'll be sold. The Tamron caught my eye - but the 28 was a no go for me - yesterday's tests confirmed that i want the 24-28mm reach.

I took the time to do some tryouts on the A6000 - and it's a big difference compared to the A7II. On this camera the lens seems sharper at 240mm (due to the crop-factor i assume) - some yellow-fringing and some distortion was noticable though. The AF seems faster on the a6000 than on the A7II.

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 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania