Sony FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 E-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#45655 date: Mar-4-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon EF 22-55 F4-5.6 USM
Sigma 24-70 F2.8 DG DN Art
Canon EF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 USM
Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 & RS
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Tamron SP 24-135 F3.5-5.6
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Sony FE 24-70 F4 ZA OSS
Sony FE 24-105 F4 G OSS
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD
Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM
Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di
Tokina 28-80 F2.8 AT-X Pro
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
Sony FE 28-70 F3.5-5.6 OSS
Minolta AF 28-80 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-100 F3.5-5.6 D
Canon EF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 USM II
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 & RS & Xi
Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR & Di
Tamron 28-200 F3.8-5.6 LD
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5/New
Sigma AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 35-70 F4
Minolta AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II
Tokina AF 35-200 F4-5.6 SD
Minolta AF 35-200 F4.5-5.6 Xi
price paid:315 USD (used)
positive:Size and weight
Fairly parfocal
Very quiet
Little breathing
Dust and moisture resistant
Lens Compensation
Limited range
CA at wide end
Extending zoom
Zoom sound and feel
Plastic control grips
Forced distortion compensation
No optical stabilization
No hood
comment:Purchased in "New" condition with lens caps via auction from an individual eBay seller.

This is currently the most up-to-date FE normal range zoom as it is the only one to support Aperture Drive in AF feature. Neither the 24-105 G or 24-70 GM support it.

It looks much like a cheaper full-frame manual zoom version of the 16-50 power zoom. It looks even more similar to the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm VR. It might be more reliable without power zoom and optical stabilization. It is currently $100 more than the older 28-70 OSS kit zoom when purchased separately. It looks and feels cheaper than the 28-70. The zoom action is uneven and makes more noise in the tradition of the cheap film and APS-C kit zooms. The narrow plastic controls are a big step down from the wide rubber grips. The lens adds $300 to the cost of the A7C when purchased as a kit. "Made in China"

In normal operating range the barrel is most retracted at 40mm. 60mm is slightly more extended than 28 mm. The lens has some minor focus breathing--slightly less than the 28-70 but more than the F4 FE zooms. It loses focal length with close focus. It seems to be just as parfocal. The long end is slightly wider than the Tamron 60 mm when both are focused at infinity and slightly narrower than the FE 50 F1.8 when both are focused close. The 28-70 reports 56 mm at the same angle-of-view when focused at infinity.

Center sharpness is very good over its whole range--comparable to the 24-105 G--better than my current 28-70 or the 24-70 ZA. Sony's factory in China produces some well aligned lenses. The corners at the wide end are the worst of the FE zooms. It also has the most barrel distortion at the wide end--a bit more than the 2/28. It has very little pincushion distortion at the long end. Unfortunately, distortion compensation cannot be disabled in camera even for live-view, making it difficult to use the geometric benefits of that barrel distortion.

Like the 16-50 PZ Sony didn't include any hood bayonet. I am using a filter step-up adapter I bought for the 16-50 PZ as a hood/protector. It might have been nice to have had a deep hood that attached to the front alloy trim that could also protect the extending lens barrel.

Overall a nice, compact, limited range, full-frame kit zoom. A well-aligned 28-70 OSS may be slightly better optically but has dated electronics. Maybe Sony will release a smaller FE G normal zoom eventually.
reviews found: 1   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.30

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