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

reviewer#44180 date: Nov-24-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony E 16-50 F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Vario-Sonnar 16-80 F3.5-4.5 DT
Sony DT 16-105 F3.5-5.6
Tamron SP 17-50 F2.8
Sony E 18-55 F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM I & II
Sony DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony DT 18-135 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 & RS
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM
Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di
Tokina 28-80 F2.8 AT-X Pro
Minolta AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 & RS & Xi
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta AF 28-80 D & 28-100 D
Minolta AF 35-70 F4
Minolta AF 35-80 II
price paid:100 USD (A7II Kit)
positive:Flat focus plane
Optical stabilization
Internal focus
Very little focus breathing
Extends very little with zoom
Very quiet
Smooth zoom and precise focus
Matte rubber and plastic feel great
negative:Somewhat bulky
Variable relative aperture
Limited zoom range
Slightly soft at long end
comment:I picked this up at my local camera store as part of a new Sony A7II retail kit for $100 more than the body-only sale price. The original list price was $500, but it seems to have been permanently reduced to $400 last year after briefly being on sale for $350. It normally costs $200 extra in a camera kit. "Made in Thailand"

On the A7II this lens is equivalent to a 18-50mm F2.3-3.7 zoom on APS-C--comparable to Fuji's XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 or a 14-35mm F1.8-2.8 zoom on Four-Thirds. It is considerably larger than the APS-C E-mount kit lenses but about the same size as the little Minolta AF 35-70 F4 on an adapter.

The rear element is very recessed. The optical design looks like it could have been used on an SLR. It would have been a tiny SLR zoom lens. The most retracted focal length is around 48 mm like the Minolta 28-80 D and 28-100 D zooms, but it extends much less at the extremes than either of those zooms.

The 70 mm end is much tighter than the Minolta 35-70 F4 and even a bit tighter than the Tamron 28-75 F2.8.

The exterior is smooth matte black plastic and rubber. It is nicer to touch than the metallic finishes on the APS-C lenses like the 18-55 OSS.

The plastic petal hood uses a similar two lobe bayonet like the Sony DT 35 F1.8 and 85 F2.8 SAM lenses and will mount on those lenses.

This is yet another underrated E-mount lens. Image quality is very good. The long end is a bit soft wide-open especially on the 24 MP A6000. The 18-55 OSS is sharper at the long end in the center.

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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