Alongside the release of the diminutive a7C, Sony released a new kit lens: the surprisingly compact 28-60mm f/4-5.6, which keeps its size and weight down by trimming 10mm off the long end and being collapsible. However, is it worth $500?
This review from Arthur R argues that Sony’s new kit lens for its full frame cameras is significantly overpriced, arguing that it’s still not worthwhile even when you pick it up as a bundle with the a7C, which brings the price down to $300. It might be small, but as detailed by Arthur, the compromises are dramatic.
Arthur’s suggestion for an alternative is to grab a secondhand standard zoom, which will add some bulk to a lightweight setup, but you might want to consider one of the tiny primes offered by Samyang/Rokinon. The AF 35mm f/2.8 is all but a pancake and weighs half that of the 28-60mm — a mere 3.02 oz (85.6 g). This combination makes the a7C a bit more like a point-and-shoot than a full frame camera. Autofocus and sharpness are more than good enough for any enthusiast’s needs.
Would you recommend the 28-60mm f/4-.5.6 to someone pondering the purchase of an a7C? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.