Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 review

The Sony FE 28-60mm f4-5.6 is the new ultra-compact kit lens for the Sony A7C, but is it a pocket rocket or a damp squib?

Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony FE 28-60mm f4-5.6 is surprising in a couple of respects. One is that for a kit lens it has an extremely modest 2.1x zoom range. Is it enough? Only if you are prepared to compromise on the sort of shots you can get, or you tend to shoot in a narrow focal range anyway. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it performs extremely well – far better than you might expect from a retracting kit lens. As a kit lens it’s limiting, but still rather good.


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    Ultra-compact design

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    Excellent performance

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    Fast, silent AF


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    Limited zoom range

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    Minimum focus changes with zoom

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    Quite expensive bought separately

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The Sony FE 28-60mm f4-5.6 is the company’s first attempt at a compact, retracting kit lens for its full frame mirrorless A7 models. It’s being bundled with the new Sony A7C but will soon be available as a standalone purchase to fit any Sony mirrorless camera.

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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