Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Full Frame E-Mount)

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Key Features

  • 28-70mm focal length
  • 42-105mm equivalent on APS-C cameras
  • F3.5-5.6 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • Linear motor autofocus
  • .4m/1.32' minimum focus
  • 67mm filter size
  • Compatible with Sony full frame E-mount and NEX cameras

Product Description

The FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is the standard zoom for Sony's full frame E-mount mirrorless A7. It will also work on NEX cameras with APS-C sensors, on which it will offer a 42-105mm equivalent angle of view. It uses a linear motor for silent autofocus, and features 'Optical Steady Shot' image stabilisation.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 28–70 mm
Image stabilisation Yes
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F5.6
Minimum aperture F22.0
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements 9
Groups 8
Special elements / coatings 3 aspheric elements, 1 ED glass element
Minimum focus 0.40 m (15.75)
Maximum magnification 0.2×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Unknown
Focus method Internal
Weight 426 g (0.94 lb)
Diameter 73 mm (2.87)
Length 95 mm (3.74)
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code ALC-SH130

Questions & Answers


Is the kit lens that comes with the A7 on GearShop decent?

I apologize if this question has already been asked. I was wondering if the FE 28-70MM F3.5-5.6 was a good all-around lens if you will not be able to invest in anymore lenses for a while. I know Zeiss would probably be the preferred choice if you have the extra cash at the initial purchase, but if that's not possible would you go ahead and purchase this setup anyway, if you had no specific photography in mind until upgrading? Or do you think it may be better to go with a less expensive Sony mirrorless and invest in some better glass with the extra money? Also, I have some 52mm macro based filters left over from another camera, would using a 55-52mm adapter be a problem? I know it may be a noob question but I'm not familiar with filter adapters, especially going bigger to smaller. I was initially going to purchase the X-T1, but something about the A7 interests me, I don't think it's necessarily that it's a FF sensor either, would love to hear what you guys think about this camera. I ...

Machowski asked
10 months ago


I have the kit lens and I think it isn't a bad lens at all. True, it doesn't have the ultimate sharpness of the Zeiss 55mm, which I have and which is awesome, but it is a decent lens and I like the OSS, which for me is real helpful. Here is a shot with it of West Point after a snow fall, which I took with it. West Point from the other side of the Hudson River Continue Reading

rponiarski answered
10 months ago


Sony A6000 with Zeiss 16-70mm or A7 with 28-70mm

Hello everyone, I am looking for a smaller and lighter alternative to my D800E + 24-70mm walk around lens, and am looking at two different Sony cameras: Sony A6000 + Zeiss 16-70mm f4 OSS - (285g + 308g) Sony A7 + Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 - (474g + 295g) I understand that one is a crop sensor with a better lens, and the other one is a full frame with kit lens, but I was wondering which would be a nice combination for day walk, maybe short hike or just a camera to carry with? I haven't had any experience with either camera, except to try them in a store for a very short time (A6000 had 16-50 attached). I liked the EVF in A6000 better and those focus points are crazy. Many thanks in advance.

mfahim27753 asked
6 months ago


My girl wanted to go shopping so I couldn't resist to go in the photo store for a minute while she was looking for shoes or buying candles or something. I was looking at the A7 with the kit lens and it is a bit heaver and bulkier, mind you not for what your getting, but stil. The A6000 with te Zeiss 16-70mm is very sleek combination. Was able to do a few test shot and on 70 the bokeh is just silky smooth. Really lovely. I agree looking at the pictures that the images are sharper with the 16-70. So I guess for me it wil be the A6000. Nice and portable and with the right lenses just lovely IQ. More then enough for me. Continue Reading

PvanDoorn answered
6 months ago

A6000 with 16-70 all the way. It's a match made in heaven. Compact, light, better range and Zeiss lens. Cheaper too compared to A7 with kit. The only way I would go for A7 with kit is if I need 1 stop better low-light performance indoors. (but for that there are E24Z, Touit 32, E35, E50 all at f1.8 and all magnificent primes). P.S. If you want ultimate IQ but with A6000 like AF then skip current A7/R cameras and wait for next gen. They will most likely have A6000 AF implemented in them (hopefully). Continue Reading

6 months ago

If you want the convenience of a walk around setup, the smaller A6000 will definitely be easier to take everywhere. But coming from a D800E, the A7 should look mighty attractive - it is still a 'size-reduction', just of a lesser extreme. The A7 does not match the IQ of the D800E (the A7r does, but this is a harder-to-use 'walk-around' camera, as it lacks PDAF and EFC). Natively on the A7, you only have FE35/2.8 and FE55/1.8 as primes, and FE1635(rumored), FE2870 and FE70200/4(large&light). I recommend to simply 'go light' - start with nothing more than the A6000 with E1650 kit lens and the E35/1.8 OSS prime. Add in the HVL-F20M for bounce flash. This is a very versatile setup, and so much easier to take anywhere. Once you get used to the setup, start thinking about other lenses and usage. If you like a zoom lens, keep in mind that the E1650 or E1670 on the A6000 are roughly the same aperture as the FE2870 or FE2470 on the A7. That is, you gain a full stop by going to FF. The full ... Continue Reading

blue_skies answered
6 months ago


[A7] Pixely edge of whiskers in RAW

Hi guys, so I've been shooting with the Sony A7 + Kit lens for three days now and am very VERY happy with it. I've moved on from my Nikon D90. The Sony A7 Kit lens is sharp, across the frame, I'm astounded, must be a good sample. However, my cat was modeling for me in the backyard today (just kidding, just wanted to shoot a few RAW images to see how it comes out) and noticed that most things look good and sharp, but for example in his white whiskers, it's quite clear that the edge is completely 'serrated'. I am not sure what causes this to happen, is it the high-contrast the A7's RAW algorithm can't compress successfully? When sharpening up the image a bit, the whiskers get completely destroyed, I just made it lighter and added a bit of sharpness to the right image to make the effect easier to see. When downsizing the image for use on the web, the pattern gets even worse. This is also my first post, after years of lurking around here I have finally created a profile. Thanks already ...

Ohmarinus asked
2 months ago


It's just low resolution. Next time get a cat with higher megapixel count. Continue Reading

pixelpushing answered
2 months ago

Have you considered the possibility that you just have a weird cat? Continue Reading

santiclaws answered
2 months ago

It's not the raw compression. It's not anything out of the ordinary. It's a case of a nice sharp photo, diagonal lines, and way, way too much sharpening. You're aware that the pixels are on a grid, right? And that each pixel is made up of two green and one red and one blue sensor, correct? And that these are on a regular grid? Well what happens when you lay a diagonal white line across them and the lens is sharp enough to resolve the boundary incredibly well? As the white line is imaged across the sensor the white line will lay over and not over a repeating set of certain color sensors. Do you not see the repeating red/nothing/green/nothing/red and similar color blotches along the hairs? This is inherent to the Bayer pattern and will show up more and more with weakening AA filters.  In the unsharpened version this can still be seen clearly as moire. If you feel you need to "fix" it, scratch up your lens or lay off the sharpening. Case closed. Continue Reading

ryansholl answered
2 months ago
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