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Will I be happy with a 28-70 kit lens?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by AlwaysOnAuto, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    Found a local ad for a 28-70 FE lens for sale for a good reason, which I'm thinking of moving on.
    Do you who have used this lens think it'd be a good one to get given I'm looking for something to shoot the grandkids with when they are around. So far I only have experience with the 2/28FE lens as far as native lenses go. This would be used on my A7ii.
    Do you think I'll run into a problem with the performance of the camera when using higher ISO if required for shooting indoors?
    I read reviews that say it's a must have for all around goodness but nothing spectacular. I guess you could say it sounds like a Honda. Very good at a lot of things but not a standout in any one thing.
    True?
    If so, what's a decent price on one, in your opinion?
     
  2. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    I had the FE 28-70 for a while. As far as kit lenses go, it's not bad. I think it should do fine for family photos, as long you don't go overboard with the low light. Although investing in a flash may be a good idea.

    Price? Eh....$250? A lot of people get it as a kit lens with the A7ii, and sell to subsidize another lens.

    I sold this along with my A7ii to buy my A7RII.
     
  3. Christop82

    Christop82 TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 24, 2017
    I wouldn't pay over $175-200 for one. Not because it isn't worth it, it is. I think it's very good for a kit lens. Above average. I do wish it was a little faster on the long end.
     
  4. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    Found one for $100 so I'm happy. Looks like new, only missing a box but since it was a kit lens there wasn't one. I don't keep my lenses in boxes anyways. Now to get a UV filter for it and I'm set.
     
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  5. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
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  6. Christop82

    Christop82 TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 24, 2017
    Definitely worth $100.
     
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  8. Richard Crowe

    Richard Crowe TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 14, 2018
    I like mine for pictures at family gatherings like this picture of my Daughter and her dogs. The lens is plenty sharp enough for that type of use and I most always bounce a flash so the slower aperture doesn't impact me...
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    However I only paid $125 for a minty used copy. I am happy with the value.
     
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  9. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    I had the 28-70mm FE for quite a while and got very nice results. There are better lenses but for the price, it is a solid start.

    My biggest problem was that as a starting point, 28mm was often just too close

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  10. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    I never bonded with that lens, so I sold it. Never quite liked it, but for $100 its a bargain worth having! Nothing more than that though
     
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