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

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Sony FE 28mm f/2 review

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£400.00
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Test Results: Shading and Distortion

Shading

With shading compensation turned off, the 28mm gives extremely marked vignetting, at more than 2 stops in the corners at f/2 on full frame. Stopping down to f/4 reduces this to about 0.8 stops, beyond which there’s no further improvement. Turning on vignetting compensation essentially eliminates any visible shading effect.

Sony FE 28mm f/2 shading at f/2

Sony FE 28mm f/2 shading at f/2

Sony FE 28mm f/2 shading at f/2.8

Sony FE 28mm f/2 shading at f/2.8

Sony FE 28mm f/2 shading at f/4

Sony FE 28mm f/2 shading at f/4

 

Distortion

Like other CSC lenses the 28mm uses software distortion correction as an integral component of its optical design. This means that JPEG images exhibit essentially no distortion, but uncorrected raw files will show strong barrel distortion. However this is easily corrected during raw conversion, preferably using a specific profile for the lens.

Sony FE 28mm f/2 distortion, JPEG (corrected)

Sony FE 28mm f/2 distortion, JPEG (corrected)

Sony FE 28mm f/2 distortion, raw (uncorrected)

Sony FE 28mm f/2 distortion, raw (uncorrected)

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  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
  12. 12. Page 12
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