SONY FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 (SEL2860) Lens Manual and Review Video

SONY FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 (SEL2860) Lens Manual and Review Video


SONY FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 (SEL2860) Lens Manual and Review Video


This instruction manual explains how to use lenses. Precautions common to all lenses such as notes on use are found in the separate "Precautions before using". Be sure to read both documents before using your lens.

This lens is designed for Sony α camera system E-mount cameras. You cannot use it on A-mount cameras.
The FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 is compatible with the range of a 35mm format image sensor. A camera equipped with a 35mm format image sensor can also be set to shoot at APS-C size. For details on how to set your camera, refer to its instruction manual.
For further information on compatibility, visit the web site of Sony in your area, or consult your dealer of Sony or local authorized service facility of Sony.

For Customers in the U.S.A.
For question regarding your product or for the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-800-222-SONY (7669).

Supplier's Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model: SEL2860
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone Number: 858-942-2230
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Notes on Use

  • Do not leave the lens exposed to the sun or a bright light source. Internal malfunction of the camera body and lens, smoke, or a fire may result due to the effect of light focusing. If circumstances necessitate leaving the lens in sunlight, be sure to attach the lens caps.
  • When shooting against the sun, keep the sun completely out of the angle of view. Otherwise, solar rays may be concentrated at a focal point inside the camera, causing smoke or a fire. Keeping the sun slightly out of the angle of view may also cause smoke or a fire.
  • When carrying a camera with the lens attached, always firmly hold both the camera and the lens.
  • Do not hold by the part of the lens that protrudes when zooming.
  • This lens is not water-proof, although designed with dust-proofness and splash-proofness in mind. If using in the rain etc., keep water drops away from the lens.
  • If the lens alone is shaken or if a camera with the lens attached is shaken while the camera is turned off, an internal component of the lens may rattle. This, however, does not indicate a malfunction. In addition, while you carry around the lens, your movement may cause the internal lens groups to shake. This, however, does not affect the performance of the lens groups.

Precautions on using a flash

  • When using a flash, shoot at least 1 m (3.3 feet) away from your subject.
  • With certain combinations of lens and flash, the lens may partially block the light of the flash, resulting in a shadow at the bottom of the picture. In such a case, adjust the focal length or the shooting distance before shooting.


  • When using the lens, the corners of the screen become darker than the center. To reduce this phenomena (called vignetting), close the aperture by 1 to 2 stops.

Identifying the Parts

Identifying the Parts

  1. Focusing ring
  2. Zooming ring
  3. Lens retraction index
  4. Focal-length index
  5. Lens contacts*
  6. Focal-length scale
  7. Mounting index
  8. Lens mount rubber ring

* Do not touch the lens contacts.

Attaching and Detaching the Lens

Attaching and Detaching the Lens

  • Before attaching/detaching the lens, hold the lens by its mounting body. Do not hold it by any of its operation controls, such as the zooming ring or the focusing ring.

To attach the lens (See illustration )

  1. Remove the rear lens cap and the camera body cap.
  2. Align the white index on the lens barrel with the white index on the camera (mounting index), then insert the lens into the camera mount and rotate it clockwise until it locks.
  • Do not press the lens release button on the camera when mounting the lens.
  • Do not mount the lens at an angle.
  1. Remove the front lens cap.
  • You can attach/detach the front lens cap in two ways, (1) and (2).

To detach the lens

  1. Attach the front lens cap.
  2. While holding down the lens release button on the camera, rotate the lens counterclockwise until it stops, then detach the lens. (See illustration )

Preparing for Camera Shooting

Preparing for Camera Shooting
Rotate the zooming ring until the focallength index comes within the focal-length scale range () to extend the lens.

To retract the lens (See illustration )
Rotate the zooming ring until the lens retraction index reaches the focal-length index to retract the lens.


  • When the focal-length index is located outside of the focal-length scale range , images may not be shot correctly.
  • Depending on the camera in use, no warning appears on the rear monitor/finder even though the image is shot when the focal-length index is located outside of the focal-length scale range. In such a case, the consequences are as follows:
    • The aperture value is fixed at F14.
    • The lens is kept in manual focus mode, but focusing with the focusing ring is disabled.
    • In the Exif information of the image shot when the focal-length index is located outside of the focallength scale range, "(Retract)" or "F0" is appended at the end of the lens name.


Rotate the zooming ring to extend the lens to the desired focal length (zooming position) within the focal-length scale range.


There are three ways to focus.

  • Auto focus
    The camera focuses automatically.
  • DMF (Direct manual focus)
    After the camera focuses in auto focus, you can make a fine adjustment manually.
  • Manual focus
    You focus manually.
    For details on mode settings, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the camera.


Product name (Model name) FE 28-60mm F4-5.6
Focal length (mm) 28-60
35mm equivalent focal length* (mm) 1 42-90
Lens groups-elements 7-8
Angle of view 1* 2 75°-40°
Angle of view 2* 2 54°-27°
Minimum focus* 3 (m (feet)) 0.3-0.45 (0.99-1.48)
Maximum magnification (X) 0.16
Minimum aperture f/22-f/32
Filter diameter (mm) 40.5
Dimensions (maximum diameter × height)
(approx., mm (in.))
66.6 × 45
(2 5/8 × 1 13/16)
Mass (approx., g (oz)) 167 (5.9)
SteadyShot No

*1 This is the equivalent focal length in 35mm format when mounted on an Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera equipped with an APS-C sized image sensor.
*2 Angle of view 1 is the value for 35mm cameras, and angle of view 2 is the value for Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras equipped with an APS-C sized image sensor.
*3 Minimum focus is the distance from the image sensor to the subject.

  • Depending on the lens mechanism, the focal length may change with any change in shooting distance. The focal lengths given above assume the lens is focused at infinity.

Included items
(The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.)
Lens (1), Front lens cap (1), Rear lens cap (1), Set of printed documentation

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

is a trademark of Sony Corporation.


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