Sony FE 28mm F2 E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 12   
reviewer#45631 date: Jan-3-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 18-70 a-mount
Sony Zeiss 24-70 F4 fe
Minolta 24-105 F4 a-mount
price paid:170 EUR secondhand
positive:Sharpness
Weight
F2.0
negative:Distortion (is corrected nu camera software)
comment:For the money a no-brainer. Fun tot use, especially in streetphotography.
reviewer#44249 date: Mar-21-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG
Sony 24 F2 SSM Distagon
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD
Rokinon AF 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Minolta MC 28 F2.5
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Konica Hexar 28 F3.5
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 32 F1.6
Zeiss 32 F1.8 Touit
price paid:223 USD (used)
positive:Center sharpness
Wider than other 28's
Internal linear focus
Dust and moisture-resistant
Lens Compensation
negative:Barrel distortion
Misalignment/variation
Chromatic Aberration
Metal exterior
Plastic filter threads
Focus breathing
15 FPS burst tracking
comment:This is the second least expensive Sony FE lens after the FE 1.8/50. It is nearly twice the price of that lens. The retail price has been $450 since introduction with frequent $25 discounts and a couple of $50 discounts. It has a similar allow veneer and control ring as the older primes. "Made in Thailand"

I bid too much on an auction for a like-new copy with the original packaging. A $200 "refurbished" copy had worse alignment. A third used copy with original packaging was slightly better aligned. Every copy has had a noticeable amount of misalignment. Image quality stopped down is better than the Sony FE 28-70, 24-70 ZA, and 24-105 G zooms.

Outside of alignment, the main optical flaws are distortion and chromatic aberrations. It has more barrel distortion than the other 28mm primes. Distortion compensation is applied to the live-view and cannot be disabled on the A7II, A7RII, and A7III. The distortion compensation can be disabled on the A6000. It has more lateral CA than the Canon EF 28mm F2.8 IS USM.

It is as bright wide-open as the older Sigma and Canon 28 F1.8 primes despite those lenses being larger and heavier. The Sony also has less purple fringing.

It is decent as an APS-C lens, but there are sharper, smaller APS-C primes. It also lacks optical stabilization which would be useful for this normal angle-of-view on APS-C. Canon's 28mm F2.8 has image stabilization.

It does look fancier than the plastic bodied FE 50 F1.8. It is not as pleasant to touch. It shares the plastic petal ALC-SH112 hood with the 18-55 OSS kit lens. The filter threads and front of the lens are plastic.

The dedicated Ultra Wide Converter attaches via the hood bayonet. The optical flaws of the base lens remain issues using the converter. The Tamron 20mm F2.8 has much better image quality and is also lighter the converter by itself.

Overall a nice prime if you find a well-aligned example.
reviewer#44129 date: Aug-31-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:24-70z
16-35z
price paid:USD250 (used)
positive:Light
Small
F2
Fast focusing speed
Good contrast
negative:
missing
comment:Very good contrast, well balance in A7ii & A6000. Best to carry out for street photography and indoor low light shooting.
reviewer#42993 date: Jan-21-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Zeiss CY 28/2.8+Novoflex adapter which is very sharp and manual
price paid:EURO 400
positive:Sharp
flare Control
light
negative:Plastic
comment:The converter to 21mm (EURO 260) works great
reviewer#40965 date: Nov-13-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.8
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:FE 50/1.8
Zeiss 24/2 + LA-EA4
Tamron 28-75/2.8 + LA-EA4
Tamron 70-200/2.8 Li + LA-EA4
price paid:330
positive:fast AF
sharp
light
negative:none
comment:Fantastic lens on A7II with fast and accurate AF, nice colors and with profile in LR no barrel. I love this lens
reviewer#39898 date: Jul-16-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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:sigma 30mm F1.4
price paid:400 euro
positive:Light, fast, sharp, cheap
negative:distortion, build quality. Espacially the front glass
comment:An ideal lens for documentary photography. I also got the converter to 21mm.
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!
reviewer#31706 date: Oct-31-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Sony FE 28mm. Zeiss FE 35mm. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sony FE 85. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM.
price paid:340.00
positive:Light , bright and tight. Sharp, colourful and contrasty. Very very good value. Well made.
negative:Flare and fringing and distortion issues if I am being mean, but at this price you really cannot complain.
comment:Great lens at a great price and a great investment. Use it on all NEX and a6000 derivatives as well as A7 series. I recommended it whole heartedly as a general walk around, a wide angle and a street lens.
reviewer#29672 date: Aug-26-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
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:Minolta AF 35 f1.4
16-35 f2.8 ZA (A-mount)
24-70 f2.8 ZA (A-mount)
price paid:$523 new.
positive:Very sharp from f2.8 across the frame, center sharp at f2.
Nice colors.
Fast AF. (This lens opens upp to f2 when focusing on my a7RII with FW 3.20)
Cheap and great performance compared to other Sony lenses.
Great flare control.
Small and nice all over.
negative:Pronounced barrel distortion uncorrected.
comment:Bought it for landscape and movie-shooting.
Live view on the a7RII shows the corrected image so very nice when aligning against buildings etc.
reviewer#23467 date: Jan-5-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
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:- Minolta MD 28mm f2.5 with adapter
- Sony E 35mm f1.8 (SEL35F18)
price paid:399 USD new
positive:- Sharp across the frame, especially in the center.
- Neutral color rendition.
- Fast and accurate autofocus.
negative:- Pronounced barrel distortion. Easily corrected with the lens profile in Lightroom.
comment:This lens currently lives on my A6000. I bought it because I plan to get an A7 II this year. On the A6000, it performs flawlessly. I'm finding that the only time I change lenses now is to mount a longer lens for portraits.
reviewer#16283 date: Jun-29-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 2
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:Minolta 28mm
price paid:280 GBP
positive:Small
Fast
Sharp
Cheap
negative:None
comment:Small, fast focusing, very sharp and cheap. While I've rated distortion as a 2 that's irrelevant as it's designed to be software corrected.
reviewer#12189 date: Mar-18-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.1
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:much more interesting than irezche Sony sel fe 28-70
price paid:458
positive:Excellent sharpness in the center with an open, nice bokeh, small size and good workmanship housing.
negative:Strong barrel uneven sharpness in the corners wide open (upper corners are good, the bottom corners disgusting)
comment:Excellent all-purpose lens with the possibility of creative shooting, but with some problems of production.
Here is my review of the lens with photos: http://in-windows.livejournal.com/101584.html
reviews found: 12   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.08
  • distortion: 3.33
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.23

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