Sony’s travel zoom lens for its Alpha 7 series of cameras has a complex design, but how well does it partner with a full-frame sensor? Richard Sibley finds out
As with all travel-zoom lenses, the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS is a compromise. The complex optical design means that images are soft at the edges, but the centre sharpness goes some way to make up for this. In fact, the centre is staggeringly sharp when shooting wide. However, at the 240mm end you need to stop down to f/11 to get acceptable results. As to whether the 24-240mm lens is worth buying, this comes down to, again, how much you can accept its flaws compared to its convenience.
In essence, the 24-240mm has the quality of a good kit lens, but with a focal length that can’t be equalled without a significant financial, and backbreaking, investment in extra glass. Those who demand the best image quality already know the downside to travel-zoom lenses, and this Sony 24-240mm optic certainly won’t be for them, but as a travel companion I think this will form a good partnership, especially with the Alpha 7 II and its advanced image stabilisation system.