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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Ultra Wide and Fisheye Converters: Image Quality

FE 21mm f/2.8 at f/8

The FE 21mm f/2.8 gives very respectable results at f/8

Front-of-lens adapters tend to get a bad press for image quality, mainly because most are budget add-ons that are often used on already-inexpensive lenses. But with this pair, Sony has been able to match the optics specifically to the prime lens, giving combinations that work very well.

Looking first at the Ultra Wide Converter, this is noticeably a bit soft at f/2.8, but improves quickly on stopping down. At f/5.6, only the extreme corners of the frame are soft, and I’d be happy using it for highly detailed landscapes at apertures of f/8 through to f/16. The Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 would surely do better, but I doubt that you’d see much difference in an A3 print.

The story is broadly similar with the Fisheye Converter, although with its more extreme optics, smaller apertures have to be used to get the best results. Edges and corners are rather soft and blurry wide open, and the lens has to be stopped down to f/8 at least (and preferably f/11 or f/16) for them to really sharpen up. But at this point, images are impressively crisp across the frame.

ony FE 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye

The fisheye converter gives a 180° angle of view , with characteristic bowing of straight lines

  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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