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Sony SEL24240 FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens for Mirrorless Cameras
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- A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, 10x magnification with a wide 24mm to super tele 240mm, Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for handheld shooting
- Minimum Focus Distance : 1.64 ft-2.63 ft (0.5 m-0.8 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.27x, Focal-Length : 24-240 mm
- Corner to corner sharpness from 5 Spherical elements, ED glass element reduces flare and ghosting, 7-blade circular aperture contributes to gorgeous bokeh
- Fast focus w/ a linear motor drive and an inner focus mechanism, Dust and moisture resistant design
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony FE||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Piezoelectric||Stepper motor||auto-focus||Micromotor||Stepper motor||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||3.19 x 4.69 x 3.19 in||2.87 x 3.74 x 2.87 in||4.65 x 8.62 x 4.72 in||2.68 x 3.82 x 2.68 in||3.15 x 6.89 x 3.15 in||4.13 x 6.42 x 4.13 in|
|Item Weight||1.72 lbs||0.94 lb||1.88 lbs||1.01 lbs||1.85 lbs||2.68 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||zoom||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||240 millimeters||70 millimeters||300||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||135 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 millimeters||24 millimeters||70||18 millimeters||70 millimeters||28 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||67 millimeters||72 millimeters||62 millimeters||72 millimeters||95 millimeters|
A full-frame24mm to 240mm zoom range allows this one lens to cover an extensive variety of shooting situations with 10x effective zoom range, making it ideal for landscape, snapshots, portraits and travel where reducing luggage is a priority. The ability to switch from wide angle to telephoto without having to change lenses also means that more of those fleeting moments that make great shots will be captured. The advanced optics include 5 a spherical elements and 1 ED glass element, achieving high-quality performance in a compact overall design. An advanced linear motor drives the focusing mechanism for quick, smooth response throughout the extended zoom range. Handheld telephoto shots and low-light photography are facilitated by built-in Optical Steady Shot (OSS) image stabilization. Like all other FE lenses, the design is dust and moisture resistant.
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FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Full-frame E-mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
A full-frame24mm to 240mm zoom range allows this one lens to cover an extensive variety of shooting situations with 10x effective zoom range, making it ideal for landscape, snapshots, portraits and travel where reducing luggage is a priority. The ability to switch from wide angle to telephoto without having to change lenses also means that more of those fleeting moments that make great shots will be captured. The advanced optics include 5 aspherical elements and 1 ED glass element, achieving high-quality performance in a compact overall design. An advanced linear motor drives the focusing mechanism for quick, smooth response throughout the extended zoom range. Handheld telephoto shots and low-light photography are facilitated by built-in Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization. Like all other FE lenses, the design is dust and moisture resistant.
When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.
Aspherical lens elements
Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight.
Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.
Lens-based optical image stabilization
Gyro sensors built into the lens detect even the slightest movement, and the stabilization lens is precisely shifted to counteract any image blur that might occur. The use of precision, quiet linear motors and technology inherited from high-end Sony professional camcorders results in exceptionally quiet, effective image stabilization that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.
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Questions: Do you have a full frame or crop sensor camera? What is your environment or the environment in which you will be shooting? What will be your subject? If you have a camera with the capability to use different lens', is this lens right for you? Will you be taking video as well?
The answers to these questions will vary based upon you.
However, things to keep in mind; If you have a Sony a5000-6500 series or an A7r II, the 18mm-200mm is a better choice because it is made for a crop sensor. You get wide shots and telephoto capabilities in one because the crop factor for this full frame lens increases its focal length by 1.5x, effectively making it a 36mm-360mm instead of a 24mm - 240mm. If you are looking for a longer focal length though, there are better solutions than this lens for about 70 dollars more at your local camera/electronics store (70-300mm G lens is my recommendation).
This lens (24mm-240mm) works best in bright environments. If you will be taking photos in a arid environment, it prevents you from having to swap lens, which is a plus for saving your sensor from being exposed to dirt and debris. It does poorly in low light if you are trying to keep your ISO down or use a higher shutter speed. It hunts for focus in those situations as well.
Works great in a city, does pretty well in backcountry. Backpackers or traveling photographers keep in mind that it is a heavy lens. This will cause sloping on a tripod, so you'll have to angle it higher to compensate for the tilt. Additionally for the cinematographers/videographers or anyone looking to shoot video, it can not be used on a gimbal effectively. Handheld video is also affected by adding too much camera shake when zooming in, even with OSS and in body camera image stabilization (IBIS).
Those looking to use this lens to take close up shots or use it as a secondary macro lens, be aware that the Minimum Focal Distances (MFD) is 1.6 feet but increases to 3 feet at the end of the focal length. That means at 300mm you will need to be at least 3 feet away from your subject to get it to focus. Autofocus Time (AFT) and Manual Focus Time (MFT) are not very fast.
Additionally, this lens has one of the lower resale values on the market because it is so frequently returned; since it covers a broad focal range, it does not capture the best of the best when it comes to portraits, landscapes, macros, etc. This is why the prime lens market still exists. A rough resell estimate has been between 50 - 70% off of its market value. So although it is a very well made and a great multipurpose lens, it does have a niche market and that applies to usage as well.
- Large focal length coverage!
- Quality build
- Rigid zoom ring
- Prevents censor exposure in windy, debris filled environments
- Prevents continuous swapping of lens'
- Takes a great quality image (great not excellent)
- Dust and Moisture Resistant (Not debris resistant!)
- Poor resale value
- Not particularly good at one thing
- Poor AFT/MFT
- Poor MFD (as per other options within its price range)
- Not weather sealed
For Sony ASP-C users; the 18mm-200mm is better at covering the focal lengths you'll need if this lens is for you.
For Video; the 18mm - 105mm G lens. Internal focusing with power zoom for $600 USD. Maintains video integrity and balance on a gimbal.
For Telephoto - Close-ups; Sony 70mm - 300mm F4 G lens. This can be picked up for $925 USD if you shop around, buy used, or price match. Much better AFT/MFT and reduced MFD at the end of the focal length.
For Macro - Portait; Sony 90mm F2.8 Macro Lens. Quality, quality, quality. Superb close-ups and better portraits.
For Ultrawide Landscape/Architecture/Interior; Rokinon 12mm F2. Sharp, manual, cheap, great build quality (FOR PHOTOS ONLY). For video ultra wide, Sony 12-24mm F4. Very expensive. Try to buy used. Best of the best.
For kit lens replacement; Vario-Tessar T* 16mm-70mm F4. Great overall lens that is incredibly sharp and produces accurate color reproduction. Although has an external zoom, the zoom ring is very smooth for an easy transition.
Tips: If you want to increase the focal length even further, you can do it digitally within your camera by using the 'Clear Image Zoom' function. This Maintains image integrity while providing a more up-close shot. You will lose the ability to shoot RAW by using it, however by using an S-LOG Picture Profile, with the Cont. Braket, HDR, or DRO Bracket modes, image quality reduction is at a minimum. Sony recommends that you use the 'Neutral Creative Style' for photos if you will be post-editing, however I have found the Picture Profile Setting (which is recommended for video), specifically PP7-PP9 to be more effective for post processing. If you have a Sony a6000 or lower, you will have to resort to using the 'Creative Style Neutral' as your camera does not have the Picture Profile Function.
I hope this helped! Take care!
Packaging is minimal but the plus side is that it's quick to unpack. Unlike some other Sony lenses and particularly the Zeiss, the box just barely fits the lens. Inside you find the typical literature and the lens itself wrapped in a small bubble wrap bag. No additional cardboard bracing, no lens bag, no extra protection. This is true minimalist packaging. Thankfully mine came from Amazon packed in a larger box with some other items (soft items).
I've used super zooms from Canon, Tamron, Sigma and several others and have never felt that I was getting this level of performance. Of course, this lens costs a good deal more than the others but it shows in build quality and image quality.
Outstanding Image Quality
Excellent Build Quality
Ideal Carry Lens for All Day Outing
A bit on the heavy side can leave a small body feeling unbalanced
Packing was minimal. Thin cardboard box and some bubble wrap
Zoom is stiff right out of the box, hoping it breaks in
I've also used this lens on several photography sessions, and I have truly enjoyed the range it offers.
Overall I truly have enjoyed this lens, and my only regret is not purchasing it earlier!
Most recent customer reviews
1. Excellent built quality
2. Good picture quality
3. Zoom range - you will rarely need longer lens