Sony FE 28mm F2 E-mount lens review by onsplekkie

reviewer#32708 date: Nov-17-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
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 FE2.8/35
sony 2/24ZA (a-mount)
zeiss Loxia 2/50
price paid:325 secondhand
positive:small size + auto focus
sharp like a very good kit lens just not slow f/3,5 but with f/2 character
negative:Made from losts plastic; will this lens work as good/at all like my (now)40+ year old vintage lenses in 2050?
Software driven: manual focus by 'wire' not pleasent with MF focus
Distortion on FF sensor; not a strong lens for Architecture shots.
comment:This lens fits perfectly on the A7 series, all together a very compact 'just one lens set-up' to take anywhere.
The lens is centre sharp , but not same level sharp cross-frame stopping down as as the sony FE2.8/35.
Strong character in pictures with plenty of room for PP, if you dont't mind using adjustments in Lightroom, needed for lensprofile in RAW. (Jpeg is automaticly ajusted in camera, RAW not so)
I like the bokeh of my CZ2/24ZA better at f/2, but the FE2/28 is not far behind and has much less distortion and much smaller size.
Flare is well controlled, no T* coating like the Loxia or FE2.8/35 but close enough (rating should be 4,5).
Plastic fantastic. My choice was between a secondhand CZ 2/28 distagon ZF with Nikon mount or Sony FE 2/28. Size and autofocus for video made me pick the Sony. Also the lens preforms excellent on my A6000 if you like 42mm prime

Bargain lens. No brainer if your looking for a prime lens with this focal lenght and do not mind the distortion (on FF).

update- on the A7iii body the Eye-AF works very good with this lens. With some crop this lens makes nice portraits!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 4.71
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.08
  • distortion: 3.33
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.23 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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