First Looks at Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens Image Quality

Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens page.
Before going any further, we need to talk. Most cameras today have built-in lens abberation correction that can optionally be enabled/disabled. Sony’s a7R III and similar cameras are included in this group.
When testing lenses, we disable all lens abberation correction. We want to see how well the lens performs without any software enhancements. Software enhancements can be applied to the results from any lens, but some of this processing can be destructive – especially distortion correction.
Any processing made before the raw file is created cannot be controlled and some have accused Sony of this tactic. Addressing these accusations is not he point of this tangent, but I can tell you that the distortion correction menu option is grayed-out and distortion correction is always enabled when this lens is mounted. This lens has extremely strong barrel distortion that Sony apparently doesn’t want anyone to see.
With distortion correction enabled, the corrected image is seen in the electronic viewfinder and we are not able to determine the required precise test chart framing for the uncorrected view. So, understand that the image quality results for the Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens include distortion correction and that this lens has very strong barrel distortion.
Capture One permits the distortion correction to be turned off and this is what the final ISO chart framing looks like:
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens Uncorrected Distortion
Here are some comparisons you might find interesting.
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
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