Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Full-frame E-mount Telephoto Zoom Lens Review Part II. In this review I wanted to see how it stacked up against my trusty Sony 18-200mm (SEL18200/Silver) on the APS-C sensor Sony NEX-7. The crop factor and effective 36-360mm range on the NEX-7 may make the 24-240mm an interesting option for those who want a little extra zoom.
Sony 24-240mm (SEL24240) vs Sony 18-200mm (SEL18200) on a Sony NEX-7
I wanted to compare the 24-240 against the 18-200 because the 18-200 has become a trusted lens for me. The 18-200 isn’t perfect but it’s darn good for what it is. When I first got it a few years ago I did some field-testing and wasn’t expecting much. When I got back and inspected the images I was pretty surprised with how good the results were. Not best-ever good but it performed exceptionally well for what’s considered a non-professional general-purpose zoom lens. Very good center sharpness. Good side sharpness. Decent corner sharpness. Nice color and contrast. Has some distortion, vignetting, and fringing, but all easily corrected in Adobe Lightroom. In my past experience, general purpose zooms usually weren’t good enough for my needs which is why I had a bag full of Canon lenses. The 18-200 changed my thoughts on that. So if the 24-240 performed as good or better that’s all I was hoping for.
Sony has a few different 18-200mm models. The one I have is known as the “Silver”. Why? Well, because it only comes in silver. Looks kind of odd on the black NEX-7 at first but I quickly forgot about the color after using it. So how does the 24-240 performance compare to the 18-200? In summary, very similar. And that’s a good thing.
My Sony FE 24-240mm just arrived so I did some testing on the Sony A7R and also compared it against my Nikon D800 and Nikkor 28-300mm. This quick review covers a bit of my progression from DSLRs to Sony mirrorless, compares sizes between systems, and has a few images to give a general idea of how the lens performs. This isn’t a scientific test in a controlled lab. Just some general thoughts of a cityscape/landscape photographer.
Moving from DSLRs to Sony Mirrorless
For a while I was shooting with a Canon 5DMII and a bag full of lenses. Lugging around 30 lbs of gear and constantly switching lenses wasn’t really working well. I wanted to scale back on gear to go lighter and work more efficiently. I looked into the Canon 28-300 but it’s a monster. The Sony NEX-7 and 18-200mm caught my eye. A small, light, and versatile combo. But how good could it be especially compared to a 5DMII? Well, surprisingly good. Surprisingly, meaning when I first got it I wasn’t expecting great results from a utility 18-200 on a new and relatively unproven mirrorless camera. I took the NEX-7/18-200 and 5DMII/24-70 both out shooting so I could compare side-by-side results. I was pretty shocked. I opened two photos in Lightroom at 100% and thought I had accidentally picked two 5DMII photos. Nope. The two were so close in sharpness at the center I had a hard time telling the difference and in some areas the NEX-7 was better. Can you tell which is the Sony or Canon?
One of my Huntington Beach California pier photos was licensed by Travel Channel for an article titled “Best Budget Beaches”. Good stuff. Southern California can be ultra expensive but there are also some reasonable options.
Huntington Beach pier is awesome and, well, free. Get there early enough and catch the sunrise over Orange County. During the day it’s crowded so it’s a great time for people watching and especially checking out the surfers by the pier. Head to the end of the pier and grab some food at Ruby’s Diner. Ruby’s is a 1940’s style diner with some good classic burger and shake grub. At night there is almost always an amazing beach sunset. Head down the road to one of my favorite places, El Ranchito Mexican restaurant, and get some great fish tacos and Cadillac margaritas. Wander South on Pacific Coast Highway and check out Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and some of the other great oceanfront beach cities.
A new series of Chicago panoramic pictures are now available to buy as photo paper prints, metallic prints, canvas prints, and metal aluminum prints. The panoramas include my most popular Chicago pictures such as the Chicago skyline, Buckingham Fountain, and Soldier Field with a mix of retro vintage, color toned, and black and white styles. The panorama ratio for the new images is 1:3 and they’re available in 12″x36″, 20″x60″ and custom sizes. These are great as home decor, office decor, or as a gift.
Jewel-Osco is now a client! Jewel licensed several of my images to decorate one of their Chicago grocery stores. Ten very large 5×7 foot prints now hang throughout the store located at 1224 S. Wabash in Chicago’s South Loop near Soldier Field. Jewel-Osco retained a commercial design firm to create the design, prints and framing. I worked with the design firm to source images from my Chicago black and white photo collection at http://goo.gl/DaEZ2G.