28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Constant Aperture Zoom Lens
A Good Product
I got this lens as a promotion for the purchase of a Sony A99. I am new to FF photography and didn't know what I was really getting, although for the price it should be a decent lens. Well as it turns out it is a very decent lens. According to all the lens reviews it doesn't get a very high grade, but they are wrong. Listening to the experts, I decided to upgrade to a Zeiss 24-70mm lens, which gets substantially better reviews. I have extensively tested the real world image quality between these lenses. The Zeiss does have better contrast images but the difference in image quality is so close as to be almost be non-existent. At 28mm this lens is quite often sharper than the Zeiss at 24mm. A mid and high focal lengths the Zeiss is generally but not always slightly, slightly better. The Zeiss is a tank compared this lens. It feels like I have a cinder block around my neck. I sent the Zeiss back and now only use this lens. The more I use this lens the better I like it. If you buy the Zeiss 24-70mm you'll sometimes get slightly better image quality and sometimes you will get poorer image quality, if you blow them up and view side by side. If you like having a tank around your neck and have lots of money buy the Zeiss otherwise this lens is twice the bargain. A side note: my 20 year old $85 Minolta 50mm f/1/7, quite often get better pictures than either lens at 50mm, go figure.
January 29, 2014
I got this lens with my new Sony NEX VG 900 it was way over priced and the quality of this lens is not very good. I would have rather got a different lens with my camera.
September 10, 2013
Best lens for the price!!!
I bought a99 and this lens back in December and got the camera in 2 days. According to the shipping date i was suppose to get the lens on Dec 18, then it changed to Dec 28th. Finally i got my lens Feb 23rd, yes talk about luck.....I am an amateur and this is my first ever camera and lens combination. So far i am impressed with the picture quality. The built quality is average, has the old SAM focusing motor, but i don't mind it because for the price i paid, this lens is amazing. Plus Sony took off $200 from the bill for the long delay.
February 26, 2013
I've used this since 2010 with my alpha 850 and they are a fantastic match. I don't need another lens for most shooting. Match this with a longer reach telephoto zoom and you've got all the lenses you need. Great with close-up work and it is so fast (coupled with the camera) that I seldom need to pull out a flash. Highly recommended.
July 7, 2012