Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Review

July 2, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


As the only native super-zoom lens for Sony A-series cameras, the FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS is a competent, rather than spectacular, optic that's simply priced too high for us to strongly recommend it.

It delivers good levels of sharpness in the centre of the frame almost throughout its aperture range, even performing quite well wide-open, although you'll need to stop down quite a lot to get similar quality at the edges. The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS lens also suffers from obvious distortion at both ends of the zoom range when shooting in the RAW format - the Sony A7-series cameras automatically correct this for JPEG files - but as a lot of owners will no doubt be relying on RAW to deliver optimum quality, it does require some post-processing to remove it.

The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS offers effective image stabilisation, fairly fast and reliable auto-focusing on the A7S that we tested it with, intuitive manual focusing, plus it's usefully weather-tight too, although we'd have expected a higher level of build-quality given the price. Which brings us to our main bug-bear - £929 / $999 is too much for a lens that does most things well, but doesn't do one thing brilliantly. If you want one lens that will cover most focal lengths and you can afford it, then the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS is still worth considering, but we'd recommend that you consider some of the better-performing prime or more moderate zoom lenses first...

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 3