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The Sony Full-Frame FE 28-70mm (F/3.5-5.6) Zoom Is A Truly Dreadful Lens!

by Anura Guruge


Amazon listing — but AVOID like the plague.


I Traded In mine with Amazon, on August 17, 2017.

Check here for resolution details.


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I got this kit lens, as a kit lens within a BUNDLE when I bought my Sony a7 II, from Cameta Camera, on May 10, 2017 (via Amazon).

I was familiar with the limitations of kit lenses and had read the reviews on this.

At $348 it is a CHEAP lens and that is exactly what it is. As I always do, I used an Excel Spreadsheet to price out all of my a7 II buying options … individually, in kit form and as bundles. The Cameta bundle was such that I was getting this kit lens for about $150. So, I knew that I could trade-it in and essentially be ‘quids in’ (as we say in in Britain).

It is a marginally OK lens and will occasionally take satisfying picture (or two). But, the autofocus (AF) HUNTS a lot, indoor colors have an strange tint and the lens, overall, tends to be soft.

Yes, I got Sony FE 24-240 (f/3.5-6.3) at the same time as the bundle BECAUSE I knew I needed as much reach as I could get. So, that made the 28-70mm kind of superfluous to requirements, though I had hoped that I might be able to use the smaller, MUCH LIGHTER lens when using the a7 II indoors. That never worked out. I do like the 24-240 though it also tends to be SOFT. AF, however, is much, much better.

So, just a heads up. You get what you pay for and as such the 28-70 is a cheap (and on the main nasty) lens. Sorry.


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‘B&H Photo’ “Explora — Photography” Portal An Alternative To ‘DPReview’ For Camera News, Tips & Reviews.

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Click image to access B&H Photo’s very useful ‘Explora’.


Two days ago I pointed you towards a lens tutorial in ‘Explora‘. I started checking out ‘Explora’ around that time.

I have been impressed. Good quality, no-nonsense, germane posts.

Now as you know I check-out “DPReview” multiple times a day — since I don’t want to miss anything.

But I am going to add ‘Explora’ to my list of camera resources. So I thought I should share that with you.


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Very Informative Article From ‘B&H Photo’ On Evaluating New Digital Camera Lenses.

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Click image to access B&H article. Definitely worth reading.


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Will There Be A New Kit Lens For The Fuji X-T2 Or Will The New XF 16-55mm f2.8 Suffice?

by Anura Guruge


The Fuji X-T1 when offered with a lens typically comes with the ubiquitous 18-55mm f2.8-4 or the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6.

The new X-Pro2 is invariably sold without a lens.

So what will be the story with the Fuji X-T2, now expected to be announced June 14, 2016? Possible they could announce a new lens with it. That would be neat.

Most buyers of the X-T2, including I, probably already have lenses that will work with the X-T2.

The new XF 16-55mm f2.8 would, from what I can see, make one heck of a good zoom for this camera.

If you want a prime I would look at the 35mm f1.4 or the 56mm f1.2.


Here I sorted out Fuji’s
current repertoire of lenses to help you.

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Click to ENLARGE. From fujifilmusa.com/products


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Amazon page for the new Fujinon XF 16-55mm f2.8. Click to ENLARGE.


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Canon EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) Mildly Interesting BUT Not For Me, Thank You.

by Anura Guruge


Directly from Canon (via an e-mail).

Click to ENLARGE and peruse here.

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At $549 with a 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens (which most likely will be quite SOFT) it is not a steal BUT it is not a really bad price either. Two years ago I would have considered it (given that I did buy a Canon T3i (which is now very much Devanee’s camera)).

I know one thing for sure — for sure — when it comes to my current camera preferences. I am TOTALLY sold on mirrorless. I have really gone off mirrors in camera. Do not see the need. I am now 100% mirrorless, with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 & LX100, and plan to stay that way.

After what I am now used to this camera, with its ONE Command Wheel and 12800 ISO, would drive me nuts. But then again I am NOT in Canon’s target market for this. But I would not now even get this for one of the kids! I would be looking at a Olympus OM-D.


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