Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS review

The Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is a popular and relatively lightweight standard zoom for Alpha cameras

Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS review
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A good budget option, this lens is compact, lightweight and relatively affordable for an own-brand Sony standard zoom. With fast autofocus and 3-stop optical stabilization, it ticks all the right boxes for casual, everyday shooting and travel photography, although the maximum field of view is naturally more restrictive than with Sony’s 24-70mm lenses, and the long-zoom aperture rating of f/5.6 is comparatively slow.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    3-stop optical stabilization

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    Relatively inexpensive


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    Modest aperture rating

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    Basic handling

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    Heavy pincushion distortion

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There’s been a big uptake of the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS, largely because it’s a popular kit lens option with Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. It’s pretty compact and lightweight for a full-frame compatible standard zoom lens, at 73x83mm and 295g, despite lacking a retractable design. It also includes a 3-stop optical stabilizer, which comes in very handy on first-generation A7-series cameras that lack in-body stabilization. 


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.