Sony FE 28mm F2 E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 11   
reviewer#44249 date: Mar-21-2019
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Rokinon AF FE 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/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM
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 Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
price paid:355 USD (used)
positive:Decently sharp wide-open
Minimal purple fringing
Wider than other 28's
negative:Heavy barrel distortion
Metal focus grip and exterior
Plastic filter threads
Length
comment:I bid more than necessary on this like-new copy with all original packaging. Luckily it ended up being a good example. The retail price has been $450 since introduction with frequent $25 discounts and a couple of $50 discounts. "Made in Thailand"

In context this lens is a decent deal. The Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM introduced in 1995 is currently listed at $510 and occasionally on sale for $460. I did win a damaged copy of the Canon for $163, but the optics were flawed. The best 28mm I've found so far was a "new" copy of the 1990 Sigma 28mm F1.8 HS that I purchased for $95. The Sony E 20 F2.8 pancake lens which fills a similar role for APS-C cameras is $350 and frequently on sale for $300.

The Sony FE 28 F2's main flaw is barrel distortion--more than other 28mm primes. Distortion compensation is applied to the live-view and cannot be disabled on the A7II. The distortio compensation can be disabled on the A6000.

F2 seems like a limitation, but it is as bright as the old Sigma and Canon 28 F1.8 primes. Both of those lenses are larger and heavier too. The Sony has much less purple fringing.

It is decent as an APS-C lens, but the optical flaws are more noticeable when cropped on smaller pixels. There are sharper, smaller APS-C lenses. It also lacks optical stabilization which would be useful for this normal angle-of-view on APS-C.

It uses the same alloy veneer style as the E 18-55 OSS and E 50 F1.8 OSS but is only available in black. I dislike the feel and the black finish is prone to wear, but it does appear fancier than the plastic bodied FE 50 F1.8. 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 greater size and weight compared to the smaller native wide primes is fine on the A7 bodies.
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
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
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
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
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony FE2.8/35
sony 2/24ZA (a-mount)
zeiss Loxia2/50
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 600 euro+ 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).
reviewer#31706 date: Oct-31-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta af20 f2.8 RS, Minolta af28 f2, Minolta af35mm f2, Minolta af50 f1.7. Sigma 50mm f1.4 Hsm. Zeiss fe35mm f2.8, Zeiss 85mm f1.4, Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8
price paid:340.00
positive:Light , bright and tight. Sharp, colourful and contrasty. Very very good value. Well made.
negative:When used with A7 series cameras I can't think of any.
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
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
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
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
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: 11   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 4.77
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.09
  • distortion: 3.36
  • flare control: 4.36
  • overall: 4.28

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