Sony FE 24-24mm Lens Review

My Sony FE 24-240mm OSS Lens Review | All-In-One Full Frame Coverage

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In this Sony full frame E-Mount lens review I will cover the FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens in detail using lots real world photography and the lab for testing. I have a highly detailed must watch HD video review below plus a ton of high res sample photos to illustrate exactly what this lens can do.

The lens has a huge wide angle to telephoto range which makes it an all-in-one solution for the full frame e-mount camera systems. This lens is ideal for those on a budget looking for the maximum versatility possible in one lens. The FE 24-240mm OSS Lens will set you back $998 US, and although this is not cheap per say, when compared to what it cost for this kind of range using other lenses it’s affordable I would say.

For example, you would need both a 24-70mm lens then a 70-300mm lens. Currently the cheapest options with about the same coverage and speed are the FE 24-70mm f/4 OSS ZA Lens which goes for $898 US, and the FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens which goes for $1198 US. Add that up and your looking at ~$2,100 compared to the $998 US for the FE 24-240mm F/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens.

I used my Sony A7r for this review and my Nex-6 for some crop factor camera testing 😉

Take a look at the lens mounted on my A7r at the green bridge. The camera and lens photos were taken with my Nex-6 and the 18-55mm kit lens encase you were wondering…

 Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
 Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
 Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
 Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
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Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens – Key Features: 

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3 to f/22-40
  • APS-C Effective Focal Length = 36-360mm
  • One ED Element; Five Aspherical Elements
  • Linear Autofocus Motor; Internal Focus
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance = 19.69″ / 50 cm
  • Filter Thread = 72mm
  • Weight = 1.72 lb / 780 g
  • Price = $998 US @ BHPhoto

My Sony FE 24-240mm OSS Lens Review – Video Version

Hi everybody, In this Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens Review I will cover everything you need to know with detailed real world photography, lab testing, and sample video. I also took a little sample video and tested the lens on my crop factor Nex-6 camera for an effective 36-360mm focal length range. I really hope you get what you are looking for in this review and please feel free to ask questions or comment below as always 😉

A Great Value for the Dollar
Considering the cost the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is a great option in my opinion for those on a budget looking for maximum versatility, and an all-in-one solution for their full frame e-mount camera. Just look at the sample photos and see for yourself what you can expect.
Bang For The Buck95
Feature Set85
Build Quality and Design85
Ergonomics85
Auto Focus System85
Image quality85
Usability95
Video Quality85
Optical Quality80
Low Light Performance80
Fun Factor95
Reader Rating8 Votes30
Pros
all in one solution with an excellent range
19" Minimum focus distance @ 240mm
optical stabilization built in
a short 1/4 turn zoom throw
fairly compact when at 24mm position
overall very good optical quality in the real world for the range and cost
a very good value for the dollar
Cons
pretty heavy at 1.72 lb / 780 g
lacking the killer contrast of more expensive lenses
suffers from some distortion and fringing in high contrast areas, but not bad overall
no manual switches or buttons for focus options
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Real World Sample Photos

All lenses have flaws and this lens suffers from some corner softness and distortion. In the real world it’s often hard to tell however unless the lines are horizontal or vertical. When shooting in Jpeg mode the camera fixes all the lens flaws depending on your settings, and it does a really good job. The camera basically takes the raw file and completely processes it for you delivering the final product jpeg image.

Advantages to this are way less work on the computer and therefore huge time savings. Downside is the Jpeg files are processed already and can’t be edited near as much as a raw file. 240mm offers some great separation from the backgrounds and in this snapshot below you can see what I mean.

Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, Raw Quality

24mm on a full frame camera is pretty wide-angle and you can notice the distortion as well. This container is now gone btw, which made me sad, because I used to check it out on the way home from work everyday to see how the light danced around it… I wonder what was in it? Oh well.

Sony FE 24-240mm @  24mm, f/3.5, 1/3200sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 24mm, f/3.5, 1/3200sec, Raw Quality
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 49mm
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 49mm
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/1000sec

A quick focal length test, raw quality:

24mm

Sony FE 24-240mm @  24mm, f/3.5, 1/500sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 24mm, f/3.5, 1/500sec

100mm

Sony FE 24-240mm @  101mm, f/5.6,, 1/250sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 101mm, f/5.6,, 1/250sec

240mm

Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/6.3, 1/150sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/150sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 194mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 194mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec

The abandoned pool just down the road from my house, in jpeg quality Click Photos!

@ 103mm
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 6400
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 6400

A few photos of the new playground out back.

Bones Jones:

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 800
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 800

Same spot different focal lengths, jpegs 24mm:

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 24mm, f/8, 1/120sec, ISO 100
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 24mm, f/8, 1/120sec, ISO 100

240mm

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 200
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 200

152mm

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 152mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 200
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 152mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 200

49mm

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 49mm, f/8, 1/1250sec, ISO 400
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 49mm, f/8, 1/1250sec, ISO 400

240mm

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 49mm, f/8, 1/1250sec, ISO 400
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 49mm, f/8, 1/1250sec, ISO 400
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/8, 1/800sec, ISO 400
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/8, 1/800sec, ISO 400

A few more random shots I liked:

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 208mm, f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 400
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 208mm, f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 400
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 800
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 800
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 146mm, f/6.3, 1/100sec, ISO 200
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 146mm, f/6.3, 1/100sec, ISO 200
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO 400
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO 400
Sony FE 24-240mm @  194mm, f/6.3, 1/50sec, ISO 250, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 194mm, f/6.3, 1/50sec, ISO 250, jpeg

Street Scene Testing @ 24mm, F8, Jpeg Quality

Sony FE 24-240mm @  24mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 400, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 24mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 400, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @  100mm, f/8, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 100mm, f/8, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/8, 1/800sec, ISO 400, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/8, 1/800sec, ISO 400, jpeg

36-360mm Effective Focal Length on Nex-6 Testing 24mm = Effective 36mm

Nex-6 w/24-240mm Lens @ 24mm, f/8
Nex-6 w/24-240mm Lens @ 24mm, f/8

240mm = effective 360mm

Nex-6 w/24-240mm Lens @ 240mm, f/8
Nex-6 w/24-240mm Lens @ 240mm, f/8

Some people pictures 😉 My family came up to NY from Texas for a visit this week and my Nephew David took a few great photos with the lens of the family in particular. A few snapshots from a totally new user’s hands… My brother Chris:

Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 250, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 250, jpeg

My boy Jase:

Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 400, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 400, jpeg

My Dad calculating something:

Sony FE 24-240mm @  53mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 400, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 53mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 400, jpeg

Sarah coloring away.

Sony FE 24-240mm @  240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 500, jpeg
Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 500, jpeg

Lab Testing

Conclusions

As I said in the video review, I think the FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is really good value for the dollar considering the range and overall good image quality of the unit. It’s no as sharp as the Zeiss lenses or even the Sony G lenses, but it costs $998 US and covers a huge range of 24mm-240mm, plus is fairly compact.

The build quality is pretty good on this lens although it’s fairly heavy at nearly 2 pounds. It’s dust and moisture resistant and the zoom ring is rubber while the focus ring is much thinner and plastic feeling. Lens caps and hood fit nicely as expected. Considering the range, the lens is quite compact at only 4.75 inches when in the 24mm position.

A 72mm filter thread, Optical Stabilization, Silent and pretty fast auto focus,  a 19 inch minimum focus distance @ 240mm, and a 36-360mm effective focal length on the crop factor cameras are also key features of this lens.

Considering the cost the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is a great option in my opinion for those on a budget looking for maximum versatility, and an all-in-one solution for their full frame e-mount camera.

I really enjoyed using the lens and something like this would be perfect for my current personal life as far as family photos and capturing the moments that matter. Soccer games, birthday party’s, and other family gatherings are mostly what goes on, and this lens is a great option for almost all activities. Low light, this lens is not ideal with the slower apertures when zoomed in, but at 24mm it’s f/3.5 and that is not to shabby when combined with OSS. I really hope you got what you were looking for in this review and please feel free to ask questions or comment below as always, Jay

FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for $998 US @ BHPhoto (Click Here)

A Great Value for the Dollar
Considering the cost the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is a great option in my opinion for those on a budget looking for maximum versatility, and an all-in-one solution for their full frame e-mount camera. Just look at the sample photos and see for yourself what you can expect.
Bang For The Buck95
Feature Set85
Build Quality and Design85
Ergonomics85
Auto Focus System85
Image quality85
Usability95
Video Quality85
Optical Quality80
Low Light Performance80
Fun Factor95
Reader Rating8 Votes30
Pros
all in one solution with an excellent range
19" Minimum focus distance @ 240mm
optical stabilization built in
a short 1/4 turn zoom throw
fairly compact when at 24mm position
overall very good optical quality in the real world for the range and cost
a very good value for the dollar
Cons
pretty heavy at 1.72 lb / 780 g
lacking the killer contrast of more expensive lenses
suffers from some distortion and fringing in high contrast areas, but not bad overall
no manual switches or buttons for focus options
87
Full Frame E-Mount All-In-One Lens
Buy Now @ BHPhoto

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