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Sony SEL2870 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 FE OSS

Standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras


Our take on the Sony SEL2870 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 FE OSS

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Specialized lens elements minimize distortion while providing excellent contrast, resolution, and color fidelity.

A great lens to take anywhere

Sony's 28-70mm zoom lens is an ideal everyday lens. It's compact and light enough to go with you anywhere, and its versatile focal length covers a wide range of uses. Capture sprawling landscapes at the wide end, and beautiful portraits at the long end. It's great for street photography and everyday snapshots too. Built-in image stabilization keeps your photos sharp and your videos steady.

Product Highlights:

  • 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens
  • compatible with Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 28-70mm with full-frame sensor Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
    • 42-105mm with APS-C sensor Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization for crisp handheld images
  • dust- and moisture-resistant
  • minimum focus distance: 1'-1.48'
  • minimum aperture: f/22 - f/36
  • lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED (extra-low dispersion) element for improved sharpness and clarity
  • 7-blade circular aperture for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 55mm
  • lens is 2-7/8" in diameter, 3-3/8" long
  • weight: 10.5 oz.
Supplied Accessories:

What's in the Box:

  • FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens
  • 55mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH132 Lens hood
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions before using
  • Limited Warranty sheet
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Optics: The Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (SEL2870) standard zoom lens is compatible with the Sony α interchangeable lens cameras with the E-mount. It cannot be used on a camera with the Sony A-mount. The lens is recommended for use with full-frame cameras, but can be used on cameras with APS-C image sensors. (The lens has a 42-105mm equivalent focal length when used on APS-C cameras.) The lens comes with front and rear lens caps, and the ALC-SH132 lens hood.

Focusing: There are three ways to focus the lens: Auto Focus, DMF (Direct Manual Focus), and Manual Focus.

Optical Steady Shot (OSS): The SEL2870 has built-in Optical Steady Shot (OSS) lens stabilization. When mounted to a compatible camera, Optical Steady Shot can compensate for camera shake to prevent blurred images, especially when zoomed in all the way, or in low light situations. Gyro sensors built into the lens can detect even the slightest movement and compensate for any image blur that might occur.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the bayonet-type ALC-SH1432 lens hood to prevent stray light from entering the lens causing lens flare. When installed, the lens hood adds about 1-1/4" to the overall length of the lens. When shooting with external flash, you should remove the lens hood to prevent shadows at the bottom of the picture.


Lens FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Focal Length (35mm) 28-70mm
APS-C Equivalent 42-105mm
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED glass element
Maximum Magnification 0.19x
Angle of View 75° - 34° (35mm)
54° - 23° (APS-C)
Minimum Focus 11.88" - 17.76"
Filter Diameter 55mm
Aperture Range f/3.5 - f/5.6 maximum
f/22 - f/36 minimum
Aperture Type 7-blade circular
Weight 10.5 ounces
Dimensions Diameter: 2.85"
 (3.986" w/lens caps)

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