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

reviewer#32711 date: Nov-27-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:a large amount of minolta-a-mount lenses and a few e-mount lenses.
price paid:in kit with A7II
positive:compact and lightweight
Good AF, and enough sharpness for night photography on the A7II (tested at f8-13) on tripod.
nice stars for night photography
good focus at low-light on the A7II
negative:not always sharp at corners (the AF not being precise/sharp enough with the a7II during the blue-hour test f3.5-5.6 - at iso 100 on tripod - strangely enough i had less problems with it at f8-f13 - we'll have to test more of this).
when in a hurry the lens hood attaches not fast enough - it's fine but not perfect.
comment:I took +/- 120 photographs with it during an evening shoot. It's premature to make conclusions. For a kit-lens this is well build - 2nd hand we see 'm for 250 à 300€'s. At the boxed-list-price it's no real bargain anymore.

With the hood on it it won't flare unless the light comes thru the openings at one of the side openings. Another hood can fix this minor issue.

At this moment this lens-review is incomplete - i only used the lens in a certain setup (evening and night photography) and it performed very well at f8-f13. In case i need a light setup, no Ultra-wide - this seems to me like a good option.
It's tested at 24Mpix - at the A7R and RII / a6000 things may be different.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania