Sony fe pz 28-135mm f4 G OSS Lens

One of the most difficult aspects of shooting on DSLR cameras and cameras designed like DSLRs such as the Canon C series is that they are intended to be used with still photography glass. Photography lenses can indeed produce great images, but they are not designed for video use. Even the nicest Canon L series lens doesn’t have servo-based zoom, the aperture is not declicked and the focus throw is short and not nearly as smooth.

Sony answered these complaints with their brand new FE PZ 28-135 f/4 G OSS lens, a real ENG-style lens. While it does not compare to the high end Angenieux and Fujinon video lenses, it does a lot for only twenty-five hundred dollars. The servo zoom works great either hand-operated or using a zoom rocker on a camera, though it does take some getting used to if you have only used photography lenses. We tested it with the Sony FS7 and it performed wonderfully. The two were a great match for each other. The focus throw is long, smooth and a real pleasure to use, while the autofocus is also surprisingly smooth. The image stabilization is the best feature of the lens, working great even when all the way zoomed in. Using a crop sensor DSLR, the camera works hand-held without a rig and the footage was very usable. The servo, autofocus and aperture declicking can all be turned off via switches on the side of the lens.

The only real complaint is the lens does not go any wider than 28mm, which isn’t quite wide enough to be an optimal ENG lens. All in all, this is a great lens that truly transforms DSLRs into what we all need them to be.

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Jason Miller is a professional filmmaker, editor and visual effects artist whose work can be been seen in feature films and national marketing campaigns.

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  1. For the price it is a nice lens, but beyond that one qualification I find that it does fall short in several areas. First, as you have mentioned, it is not nearly wide enough to be considered an ENG lens. And at f/4 it is too slow as well.

    Quality is also a concern. We purchased ours as part of a kit with the FS7 and as such considered it to be a professional level lens. Sony however does not, or at least that is what we were told when we needed service. Within a couple of months of purchase, the rear bayonet mount became loose and it turned out that one of the 4 screws was actually striped. Simple repair so we thought. We were told by Sony that while they consider the FS7 a professional camera the lens is not and thus not subject to the same level of service. We were also told that the cost of the repair was greater than the cost of the lens. Sony did repair our lens under warranty(we had to wait a month and a half for the part to come from Japan), but I have read others accounts of their being denied. We now make sure that there is a lens support on the lens at all times when on the camera and never transport it with the lens on the camera.

    I would have expected that if the lens was too heavy for it’s own mount, Sony would have provided both a warning and a support for the lens specific to the FS7 since it was a kit. May not be as much of an issue with a Sony DSLR as by using the supplied tripod style support, the lens is taking the weight of the camera, rather than the camera taking the weight of the lens. Still I would use caution as the mount screws appear to be fragile.Our other issue with the lens is the servo, which does not stop on release, but rather continues to drift to a stop.

    Too be honest, finding a great ENG style lens under $3,000 is too good to be true, and that is the case with this lens.

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