The FE 28mm f/2, the smallest of Sony’s latest round of FE lenses, is well worth considering, as Andy Westlake finds out
When Sony first showed an array of new FE lenses to fit its Alpha 7 series of full-frame compact system cameras in January, our attention was perhaps understandably drawn to the big guns – particularly, the fast 35mm f/1.4 and the 90mm f/2.8 macro.
In comparison, the more modest FE 28mm f/2 wideangle optic slipped slightly under the radar – even with its dedicated bayonet-mount ultra-wide and fisheye converters. But after a couple of weeks shooting with it, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s worthy of rather more serious consideration.
At around £400, the 28mm f/2 is the least expensive FE lens. Sony calls it an excellent choice as a second lens to supplement a kit zoom, but I’m not quite so sure – personally, I’d suggest the 55mm f/1.8 as a better general-purpose option. Instead, as a fairly fast wideangle prime, it’s an interesting choice for low-light shooting of landscapes, interiors and the like.
More interestingly, with its matched converters the 28mm becomes three lenses in one. Add the £220 (SEL075UWC) Ultra Wide Converter and you get a 21mm f/2.8, and with the £280 (SEL057FEC) Fisheye converter you get a 16mm f/3.5 fisheye with a 180° diagonal angle of view.
In effect, you get three lenses for the same price as the FE 24-70mm f/4 OSS zoom alone. We’ll examine the converters in detail later in this article, but for now let’s take a closer look at the 28mm f/2 prime lens.