Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS lens review: Sony superzoom that does it all

By Paul Carroll - Thursday May 28 2015

Lens Review
Introduction | Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Measurement: Sharper at the wide end | Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS vs Sony FE 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS vs Sony FE 70-200mm f4 G OSS | Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS vs Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR | Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Conclusion: Good value and convenient

Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Conclusion: Good value and convenient

Costing $998, the FE 24-240mm is not very cheap, but packing a massive 10x focal range, Sony’s OSS image stabilization and dust/moisture resistant construction, you get a lot of lens for your money.

While offering a versatile all-in-one solution for wide-angle or long telephoto shots without having to change lenses, the FE 24-240mm is not the strongest optically and ranks in the lower half of our lens database. That said, the image quality delivered by the FE 24-240mm is good for a superzoom, and as we’ve seen in the Sony FE 24-240mm vs Nikon 28-300mm analysis, the Sony is as good in most areas and actually slightly better than the Nikon at the wider apertures.

The FE 24-240mm’s performance is also better at the wider focal lengths between 24-50mm. Zoom in further to the telephoto focal lengths and Sharpness and Transmission start to suffer somewhat, which has affected its overall score. Head-to-head against the $1,498 FE 70-200mm f4 G OSS, the analysis showed that much better performance is available from a dedicated telephoto zoom with more homogenous sharpness across the entire frame. At the wider focal lengths, however, the FE 24-240mm actually displays better edge sharpness than the FE 28-70mm standard zoom, which covers a much shorter focal range. So if you’re looking for a good quality standard zoom with the added versatility of being able to shoot telephoto without changing lenses, the FE 24-240mm is a convenient and good value choice for Sony A7 shooters.