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

reviewer#44420 date: Nov-10-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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:Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5 (A-mount, film camera)
Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM (A-mount APS-C)
Sony AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 (A-mount APS-C)
Tamron AF 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 (E-mount)
Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (A-mount APS-C + E/FE with an adapter)
Minolta 70-210/3.5-4.5 (A-mount, APS-C)
Sigma 50-150/2.8 (A-mount, APS-C)
price paid:800 € (used)
positive:This is a fairly good, althought "slow" 24-70 mm zoom lens which comes with a built in 70-240 mm "tourist zoom".

negative:Size and weight.

Lack of zoom lock. Lens extends when it's pointing downwards.

Works well in bright light (as a "tourist zoom"), but not so well indoors (tried to shoot speakers in a conference... primes do this much better).
comment:Near the wide end it is quite good compared to any 24-XXX zoom I have ever used. E.g. Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5 had worse distortion, 16-105/3.5-5.6 (APS-C) was less sharp.

The only lens which was clearly better was Sony 16-50/2.8 Unfortunately, there's no comparable lens (equally small and affordable) available for FE -mount.

I got the full frame camera in the middle of a vacation season and lens selection was really poor. That's why I ended up with a used 24-240 (and had to pay almost full retail price of a new lens), but the optical quality of the lens was a pleasant surprise.

This really replaces two lenses, 24-70/3.5-5.6 and 70-210/4-5.6. OK, above 50 mm the 24-240 might be up to 1 stop slower than comparable (cheap) zooms, but sharpness is still OK. Much better than e.g. Minolta 70-210/3.5-4.5.

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
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