Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5–5.6 OSS E-mount lens review by Metasynthese

reviewer#11499 date: Nov-26-2013
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:SAL18-55
price paid:240€ extra for Kit
positive:-Fast AF (especially for an E-Mount lens)
-Good price
-Low distortion for a kit-zoom
negative:-nothing for the price
comment:It's much better than SEl18-55 and SEL16-50.
It has comparably high contrast and very good colors. Sharpness is adequate/enough especially for a zoom but below good primes of course.
On 28mm extreme corners show slight distortion and slight CAs at wide apertures, but it's better than I expected and I guess not very field relevant. Subjectivly this lens seems to have best performance around 40-45 but also good performance at the short and the long end. As the hood does only work well for 28mm there can be sometimes slight flaring, especially on studio work (sample, but overall it's controlled very well for a zoom (better than most other Zooms I know). It's a very good lens studio work.
Build is very light but a little huge. For a plastic lens it's made quite decent. Haptics are decent aswell - it makes a lot of fun to use it.
It's the best kit-zoom-lens I've seen so far.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.14
  • color: 4.36
  • build: 4.21
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.07
  • overall: 4.16 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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