The Sony 24-50mm F2.8 G is a new compact and powerful standard zoom

Sony 24-50mm F2.8 G
(Image credit: Sony)

The Sony 24-50mm F2.8 G might be giving you a sense of déja vû. We’ve seen compact kit lenses from Sony before, haven’t we? What about the Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6? But that 28-60mm is a very different lens, a retractable variable aperture kit lens for the consumer marker. What enthusiasts and pros really want, and what this new Sony lens provides, is a constant aperture f/2.8 premium zoom that doesn’t weigh more (or cost more) than your camera.

The Sony 24-50mm F2.8 G sacrifices some reach at the long end of its zoom range in exchange for much more manageable dimensions, not to say pricing. The usual pro choice, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II costs $2,298 / £1,999, weighs 695g and is 120mm long. It’s 22% lighter than the Mark I version, but it’s still a monster. The other alternatives are only f/4 lenses (Sony FE 20-70mm F4, Zeiss 24-70mm F4).

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at