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    Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    I came across a good deal on a used copy of this lens ($750) and decided to gamble on it. It's got a moderately poor reputation, but I liked the idea of a wide-range zoom for business travel, so wanted to see for myself. It just arrived and I've taken a total of five shots with it, but so far I'm quite surprised. Nowhere near as awful as some claim.

    Sorry, it's a brick wall.

    Sony 240-240mm at 49mm @ 4.5 on A7ii
    Full-size version here.
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    Re: Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    Mike,
    I have one too.
    I like it as a walking around lens. I generally stop it down to F8 or F5.6 in Av mode with ISO about 400. Reasonable shutter speeds.
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    Re: Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    I never said it was awful ...
    Actually I think for a jack-of-all-trades it's pretty good.
    Bart ...
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    Re: Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    I too have one of these for my A7, and I've been very pleased by the performance and flexibility it offers. It's the largest and heaviest lens I've ever owned, but for 10x superzoom on a full frame, it's actually pretty compact. Great travel lens to cover a lot of scenarios. My favorite focal lengths are covered by my 16-35mm and 55mm lenses, so I'm happy to have this one to cover "everything else."
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamgibson/
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    Re: Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    I just couldn't get sharp results anywhere near the telephoto end of this lens. I ended up returning my copy of it. If I need the reach I mount a Nikon 70-200 f/4 and manual focus it.

    I also found it way too big as a walkaround lens.

    It's really hard to make a lens with this extreme zoom range do all things well.
    Brad Husick

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    Re: Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    Took my 24-240mm out to the park with the dog the other weekend, and came back with some fun action shots. The 'lowly' A7 autofocus did pretty decently in AF-C mode.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamgibson/
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    Re: Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    I can't see the tail. Is that a Border or an Aussie?

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    Border Collie! Here's another (more silly) shot of him where you can see his tail...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamgibson/
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    Re: Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    Stairway to Heaven


    A7Rii with 24-240mm at 240mm @ 9

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    Re: Surprised by Sony 24-240mm

    Italian Pigeons (obviously)

    Just for fun.
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