The FE 28mm f/2, the smallest of Sony’s latest round of FE lenses, is well worth considering, as Andy Westlake finds out

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Sony FE 28mm f/2


Sony FE 28mm f/2 review


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Build and Handling

Sony 28mm f/2 on camera

The 28mm makes for a well-balanced combination on A7-series bodies

Measuring 64mm in diameter and 60mm long, the 28mm is one of Sony’s smallest FE lenses, second only to the 35mm f/2.8 ZA. I find it is especially well matched to the compact Alpha 7 bodies, and at 200g it adds little to the overall weight.

This makes it considerably more portable than similar-spec DSLR lenses like Nikon’s recent 28mm f/1.8G, which measures 73 x 81mm and weighs 330g – a direct advantage of the smaller back-focus distance afforded by the mirrorless E mount.

The lens barrel is made of aluminium alloy, and feels robust despite its light weight. Sony says the lens is resistant to dust and moisture, which makes it a good companion to the Alpha 7 models for landscape shooters. The only external control is the finely ridged and smoothly rotating focus ring.


Driven by a linear stepper motor, autofocus is almost completely inaudible during both stills and movie use. When used on the Alpha 7 and 7R autofocus is reasonably quick – not breathtakingly fast as on some other compact system cameras, but it’s not obviously slow either.

As we’d expect from an on-sensor AF system, accuracy is excellent even when shooting at f/2 – none of the 300 or so real-world shots I took with the lens was remotely out of focus.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Resolution
  6. 6. Test Results: Shading and Distortion
  7. 7. Ultra Wide and Fisheye Converters
  8. 8. Ultra Wide and Fisheye Converters: Image Quality
  9. 9. Sony FE 28mm f/2 with Ultra-Wide adapter: Resolution
  10. 10. Sony FE 28mm f/2 with Ultra-Wide adapter: Shading
  11. 11. Sony FE 28mm f/2 review – verdict
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