Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#38899 date: Jul-11-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL1650
price paid:1,300 USD (Open Box)
positive:- high build quality; feels very sturdy
- excellent IQ, especially sharpness and micro-contrast
- focusing is very fast, accurate, and nearly silent
- 77mm filter size is common to several other high-end lenses
- focus-hold button
negative:- rather heavy
- no lens lock/ has moderate zoom creep
- significant price increase compared to next lower level of lenses
comment:I hesitated at purchasing this lens for quite a while, as I've been running an APS-C setup for quite some time. But as I plan to upgrade to full-frame in the next month or so, I finally decided to pull the trigger, and I'm glad I did.

I was decently happy with the results I was getting from my SAL1650 paired with my A77, but now that I have this lens, the 16-50 will be gathering dust until I sell it. The sharpness of this lens is just something incredible to behold, even wide open. And though it might not be at STF levels as far as bokeh, I was more than pleased with the smooth, pleasant way that the out of focus areas are rendered.

Yes, there are some drawbacks, but if you need/want some seriously high quality glass, and plan on printing LARGE, then those drawbacks probably won't deter you, as they didn't deter me.

The lens is pretty hefty, without a doubt, but I stopped using neck-straps ages ago. It is held up nicely on my shoulder strap by a capture clip, and so the extra weight is hardly noticeable.

Because of how I carry the lens (capture clip/clutch hand strap) the lack of a zoom lock leads to eventual zoom creep, but this was fixed with a simple LensBand.

The biggest deterrent, though, was obviously its price... But, everyone has a different budget, and for me, I decided it was worth it when I found a store-model open box being sold for $1,300. Would I have paid the roughly $2,000 for it new? Well, thankfully I didn't have to, haha.

Overall, I'm in love with this lens, and expect that it was be what I take 75%-%80 of my future images with.

Will update after I have a chance to use it on the A99ii I plan on picking up.
reviewer#33744 date: Dec-30-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:FE 16-35/4
FE 24/2
price paid:~1000
positive:Image quality
Overall build quality
Aperture
negative:Weight & Size
Although overall build quality is good, AF/MF switch came off
comment:In use on Sony A900 and Sony A7.

Build quality is very good, the only downside is the AF/MF switch that fell off recently and regarding to my search on the internet this is a common issue. But lens hood and body of the lens is very good. There is a very small wiggle when fully extended to 70mm but to an extent I would consider normal.

The lens is really heavy, especially in combination with my A900 but I think that is the price to pay when buying a 24-70/2.8.

Autofocus is a bit noisier than expected and also louder than my 24/2 and much louder than my 16-35/4 which is essentially unhearable (but also has to move not as much glass). AF speed leaves nothing to be desired and I have almost 100% hits with my A900. Hunting is not an issue at all.

I would consider image quality is superb. As it is a zoom lens it cannot be stellar on every focal length but overall it is really good and I do not hesitate it to use it wide open on all focal lengths.

If you want that focal length and can afford that lens get it!
reviewer#29677 date: Aug-27-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-75. Sony 16-50mm f2.8 on the A77. Minolta 35mm f2.0. Minolta 50mm f1.7. Zeiss 85mm f1.4. Sigma 50mm f1.4 HSM.
price paid:950 GBP
positive:Great Street lens. Deserves the Zeiss badge.
negative:Extends when zooming. No zoom lock!!!
comment:All round best ever keep on the camera walk around lens for the A99 , A900 and A850. Nuf said. Worth the money!

UPDATE. This lens continues to shine on the A99ii.
reviewer#28624 date: Jul-7-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:about $2000 new
positive:Cristal sharp all aver but at 70mm, where sharpness drops a bit hence the 4.5 rating.
negative:Heavy but 2.8 all over so what.
comment:
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reviewer#24481 date: Feb-3-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:A 70-300 G lens and a bunch of older Minolta glass .

price paid:$2050 NZD used .
positive:I love the heft of the lens , well made and made in Japan !

So sharp , poster size hi res prints are amazing .

Side by side comparison with a friends Nikon equivalent showed colors that i prefer .

It can purple fringe , but not often and its hard to find , so very good in this regard .

My first ever - - wow , or say what , or OMG , or this thing is sharper than life , - - Lens experience ....








negative:Nothing really apart from wanting a One Piece Steel lens hood , as opposed to the hood it comes with , which is steel but with a threaded plastic insert , so it can come off which i experienced .
comment:As others have said , I should have purchased this incredible optic years ago , however the wait has been well worth it .

I know it is made by Cosina in Japan , so thanks to the Japanese for the build and the Germans for the design , and i know the name of the person in Japan who inspected and approved MY lens , as it comes with the inspectors name ;

cheers Mr H . Hirano .







reviewer#11968 date: Sep-1-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-50mm
17-35mm G
28-70mm G
28-105/3.5-4.5
70-200mm G2
70-300mm G
70-400 G
price paid:$1899.99
positive:This is an incredibly sharp lens that focuses very quickly. Its colour rendition is excellent, and the lens's micro contrast is outstanding. I highly recommend it to anyone using a FF A-Mount.
negative:The distortion at 24 mm is significant but easily correctable. It build is excellent, but the use of plastics is irritating. The lens is sealing against the elements, but isn't advertised as being "weather sealed".
comment:I should have bought this lens when I bought the A850. Its sharper, faster than any A-Mount alternative, and has an outstanding colour rendition. Its sharp wide open, which isn't an easy accomplishment.

Its heavy, but it balances well with the A850. The focus ring, and zoom ring are well placed, though a little stiff, and seem to collect dust.

I especially like the steel hood, and I wish Sony would include this feature with all of its G-Series, and Zeiss lenses.

I'm not especially impressed with the use of plastics. The lens is sealing against the elements, but isn't advertised as being "weather sealed".
reviewer#11922 date: Jul-27-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-75 f2.8, Minolta 35mm f2, Minolta 50mm f1.7, Minolta 35-70 f4, Minolta 35-70 f4, 24mm Minolta f2.8, 28mm Minolta f2.8, Minolta 50mm f2.8 macro
price paid:1000€ (2nd hand)
positive:very sharp
fast focus
good build quality
negative:good glass = heavy
Little less quality bokeh compared with primes
comment:I'll have to keep the macro...
reviewer#11874 date: Jun-20-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 24-105
price paid:1500
positive:Sharpness
Fast Focusing
Build
negative:Its a bit heavy
comment:ooh my god! this lens is amazing! its amazing sharp definitely worth the money, fast focusing, good materials i gave it 4 on distortion because there isn't a 4.75, totally recommended.
reviewer#11839 date: May-21-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:It covers the range of my M35F2, M24F2.8, SAL28F2.8 and M50F1.7, offers a more user friendly solution and a bit more quality.
price paid:lots new
positive:Unmatched sharpness at F5.6-8 where I intend to use it. CZ colours and contrast as expected. AF works fine, sometimes fiddly at the wide end but I tend to use MF in low light landscapes.
negative:Barrel extension (would have preferred internal zoom). Can be made to flare badly, particularly stopped down (probably applies to all WA lenses though). Heavy, but you do get a lot of glass. These is some distortion at the wide end but I am no architect and it is easily fixed in post.
comment:With 16-35 F2.8 ZA I had an instant love affair. With this one it took some more time (did I mention barrel extension).
reviewer#11822 date: May-12-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-200
Minolta 50/1.7
Sony 16/2.8
price paid:900€
positive:Great optical performance.
negative:Heavy.
comment:Radioactivity counter measures 40Bq gamma activity.
This is minor activity, but measurable.
reviewer#11749 date: Mar-31-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-70mm f28 G
price paid:
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positive:Sharp
Some what good built
ZEISS Glass
Good zoom range
Quick and silent focusing
Minimum focusing distance
negative:Extend a lot when zoomed
Some plastic here and there
Unbalanced a little when zoomed
comment:When I sold my minolta 28-70mm f2.8 G, I didn't know how much will I miss it. I bought the zeiss new and at the beginning I didn't like it much! It was unbalanced (and still is) when zoomed or extended but I learn to live with it. Now that I used it a bit more and saw how fast it focuses and how blinding sharp it's, I became in love with it!! Even many will claim it's not a bokeh queen, but I thing it's there with the best of them if you choose your background carefully. Most lenses if not all will suffer with busy bokeh if the background is not right or not in MFD. This lens is great landscape, portrait, semi-macro...etc. very happy I sold my minolta and went for Zeiss.
reviewer#11694 date: Feb-16-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L (Mk I) - definitely better
- Minolta 35-70mm - in different leagues
price paid:$2000 (new)
positive:+ Beautiful color rendition and saturation
+ Excellent build-quality, durability
+ Compared to original Canon 24-70mm 2.8: Superior sharpness, contrast, color, durability / slightly less close focusing ability (2cm)
+ Light-weight, metal petal lens hood
+ SSM is quiet and can be fast (when the a99 AF system cooperates)
negative:- High Price
- Slightly excessive distortion from 24mm to approx. 30mm, particularly in the corners
- Internal zoom would be nice (like Canon 24-70 Mark II) considering the size & weight
- Sharpness wide open could be slightly better (great from f3.5, razor sharp at f8)
- Size & weight make it a commitment when using it for general walkabout shooting
comment:It is the best standard zoom currently available for a-mount and possibly the best 24-70mm lens overall (the new Canon 24-70mm mark II may edge it out, but lacks the stabilization that a-mount cameras provide).
reviewer#11481 date: Nov-13-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70 F2.8 HSM
Minolta glasses
price paid:1200 CHF (2nd hand)
positive:Built, colors, contrast, sharpness
negative:pricey, a bit heavy, some vignetty
comment:Super lovely color rendering with amazing detail and fabulous micro contrast. a bit heavy for a long walk. super fast and quiet AF. no micro adjustment was required on my A850.
reviewer#11370 date: Oct-7-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-105 minolta
price paid:$1450(like new)
positive:Awesome sharp lens, great fast focus and very quiet and also lovely colors
negative:very heavy because of ssm but it can take a beating though
comment:I love this lens it's crazy sharp and lovely colors I use this lens almost all the time now it barely comes off my camera unless I need to use a super zoom although I do have to say that Minolta 28-105 vs. price is very capable
reviewer#11316 date: Aug-20-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20 mm f 2.8
Minolta 28 mm f 2.0
Minolta 35 mm f 2.0
Minolta 50 mm f 2.8 marcro
Minolta 50 mm f 1.4
Minolta 100 mm f 2.8 marcro
Carl Zeiss 85 mm f 1.4
Minolta 135 mm f 2.8
price paid:1800 EUR(new)
positive:Sharp, sharp zoom comparable to best primes.
Great colors, no resevations from my side.
Build quality is absolutely top.
Not noteable distortion
Flare in some situations right open, but stopped down a bit flare is not an issue.
negative:Heavy
Costly
Range
comment:I had a Sony DSC-R1 with a fixed, 14.3–71.5 mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, 24–120 mm equiv. which preformed very well. I changed to a Canon 600D, but was unhappy with both camera and zoom lenses 17-55 mm f 2.8 and 15-85 mm f 3.5-5.6. I then switch back to a Sony A99 mainly because of the CZ 24-70 and I haven't regretted a second.

It's a greate walkabout lens, always my first choise.
The lens is a heavy piece of equipment, it's costly and the range could be better, but the preformence of the zoom is second to non.
reviewer#11252 date: Jul-16-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:DT 16-50 /2.8 SSM
price paid:875 USD (used)
positive:- Rich of micro contrast
- Rich of color tone
negative:- Slightly soft on conner
- Focusing accuracy is inconsistence when focusing with Left focus point
comment:Surprising me, the DT16-50/2.8 is shaper than this CZ lens.
However, overall image quality is still CZ take the lead.

Update@17/12/2013:
Just received 2nd copy, the sharpness and focusing speed are much better compared with my 1st copy when plug into A99.
It sharp across the range with wide open. Seem like is something not right on my 1st copy. Will revise the sharpness rating from 4.5 to 5.
reviewer#11209 date: Jun-25-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 27-70/2.8 EX
price paid:1.400 € (demo model)
positive:Very High IQ when circling around its weaknesses.
Very fast and accurate AF operation.
negative:Border quality wide open. Prone to flare wide open.
comment:
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reviewer#11120 date: May-16-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sony DT 16-50mm f2.8 SSM
- Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM
- AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 G ED
- Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 DI VC USD (Canon mount)
- Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM
- Sony 28-75mm f2.8 SAM
- Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM
- Sony 35mm f1.8 SAM
- Sony 50mm f1.8 SAM
price paid:
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positive:- Zeiss colours and contrast
- Useful focual length and constant f2.8
- Quick SSM focusing
- Sharp
- Very well build
- AFD on A99
- Great to pair with A99 and A900 in both weight balance and look.
- Looks better than all the other 24-70mm and equivalent lenses out there (IMHO)
negative:- No zoom lock
- Bokeh rings can be a little busy sometimes
- Some many find this lens heavy
- Not cheap
- Metal hood can get dirty easily
comment:Build, pricing and general thoughts:

From the look of this lens, it is enough to tell this is lens a meant to be a professional use with serious performance, quality and a serious price tag. No doubt, this is a lens that did not just wear the legendary Zeiss logo for its look, it's optical performance, colour rendition, contrast and quality speak for it self. However, by no means anyone should think the blue Zeiss logo means this is a lens without fault, no it is far from it. In fact I do think a lens at this price should come with simple features like a zoom lock( although my copy does not zoom creep) and fully weather sealed, and the metal lens hood can get dirty very easily, but IMHO, this is still one of the best standard lenses I have ever used so far.

Sharpness, colours & bokeh:

Simply put, if you want to find the sharpest standard zoom lens for the Sony A mount at the moment that renders wonderful neutral and contrasty colour and crisp micro contrast, this is the one that will satisfy your wish.

However,I understand not everyone like the Zeiss colour rendition, the Minolta 28-70mm G lens and the Sony 70-200 G, and the Beercan produces warmer and rich Minolta styled colours and personally I like both rendering to create different mood. Compare to other Sony standard lenses, the Sony 28-75mm ( Still produce very good colours) and DT 16-50 lens appears to produce flatter colour and less contrasty compared to this lens.

Compare to Canon and Nikon's standard zooms in turns of colour rendition, I admit I 'm not a fan of Nikon's 24-70's rendition, it gives a yellow and greenish cast, Canon's 24-70 and 24-105 gives a pleasing softer cast that gives out very nice skin tone, but overall I find it is not vivid enough. The new Tamron 24-70( Canon mount), when combo with a friend's 5D3 produce decent colours that is a little warm like the Sony lenses, but I still like the Zeiss and Minolta rendition better.

Sharpness wise, I find this lens is ones of the sharpest zoom I have used, infact is as sharp as Sony's 35 f1.8 and a little sharper than 50 f1.8 at f2.8 at the same focal length( due to field curvature, the extreme corners as a little soft)

The Nikon 24-70, Canon 24-70 Mk 1, 24-105 and Sony's own 28-75 and 16-50 lens, are all very sharp lenses and when comobed with respective camera bodies, it is hard to tell which ones are sharper, but it seem the Zeiss 24-70 is little bit sharper than all those when compare to the following combo:

Sharpness:
CZ 24-70 + A99 > Cannon 24-70 L Mk 1 & 24-105L + 5D2
CZ 24-70 + A99 > Sony 28-75+ A99 ( just a tiny bit) =16-50 + A57= Nikkor 24-70 G + D700 = 5D3+ Tamron 24-70 @ 70mm (Just a little)
CZ 24-70 + A57 > Sony 50 f1.8 @ f2.8
CZ 24-70 + A57 = Sony 35 f1.8 @ f2.8

I also find this when paring A99 with this lens, the sharpness also beats the new Tamron 24-70 with 5D3, at 70mm wide open, very hard to tell at the other focal length.

So far, I can say none of the above standard lenses from all those brands produce buttery smooth bokeh in every situation unlike Sony's 70-200 G lens, the Zeiss 24-70 is no exception, while the out focus rendition is smooth, but in bright day light the bokeh rings wide open can be a little busy, the Sony 28-75 and 16-50 seem to do a slightly better job here.

AF:

In general, AF is very silent, quick and accurate both outdoor in good lighting and low light. But when shooting fast moving objects in AFC mode and continuous burst all Sony lenses tend to mis-focus more especially in low light. AFD in A99 helps in this regard. This lens also has a better close focus and low light focus ability than the Sony 28-75 lens.

Distortion, CA, vignetting & flare:

Much better distortion control than the 16-50 on A57 and a little better than the 28-75 on A99, CA is very well controlled in fact even wide open at any focal length pointing towards the sun you won't get it, and the flare control is relatively good, much better than Sony's 16-50 and similar to 28-75 in this regard. I generally didn't find much vignetting wide open as well.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, if price is not a problem and you don't mind the Zeiss colour rendition, here is an excellent lens for you, though not perfect but in every regard is very good indeed with no major flaws. However, with the new Tamron A mount coming and second hand 28-75 SAM lens, you may find that both are also good value for your full frame A mount body. APSC users, I still think the 16-50 is a better choice for both the focal length, size, and weight balance with your camera bodies.
reviewer#10853 date: Jan-15-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70mm f/4
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (beercan)
Tamron 20-40mm f/2.7-3.5
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
price paid:1600 USD (used)
positive:Comparable to primes in sharpness. Color rendition, and contrast.
negative:Price and weight, but what can you expect for this kind of quality.
comment:This lens is fantastic and lives up to everything I expected it to be! Yeah sure there are cheeper lenses in this category, but all of them make sacrifices somewhere. I can shoot wide open with this lens and expect great results every time. I would recommend this pro-level lens to anyone willing to shell out!
reviewer#10678 date: Nov-9-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:
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negative:
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comment:
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reviewer#10652 date: Nov-5-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-80
price paid:
missing
positive:Breathtaking IQ
Build quality
Tack sharp
negative:None
comment:Next to my 16-35mm F2.8 ZA and 135mm F1.8 ZA this is my favourite lens. The IQ and level of sharpness are breathtaking.

Si
reviewer#10491 date: Sep-6-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-70G, KM 28-75/2.8
price paid:1,300 AUD (as new)
positive:Sharpness, focus speed, MFD
negative:
missing
comment:Fabulous lens all round, it's the most recent of my standard zooms and was purchased mainly for it's focus speed and MFD over the 28-70G.

Here is how I rank the 3 on a couple of dimensions.
Colour: 28-70G, CZ 24-70, KM 28-75.
Sharpness: CZ 24-70, KM 28-75, 28-70G. The micro-contrast of the CZ makes for jaw dropping detail.

Overall I like the way that the 28-70G renders images as a whole, but the CZ has more immediate visual pop and the short MFD makes a huge difference when I'm snapping my toddlers. That last point alone means I'm getting many more usable images.

Have used only with an A850, would like to see what the speed of this lens would be like with a more sophisticated focussing system.
reviewer#10329 date: Jun-26-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon 24-70 F2.8 L
price paid:$1400 (used)
positive:Sharp, good color, good contrast
negative:over priced, not weather seal
comment:Before I switch to Sony, I use the Canon 24-70L. This is as good or better. It is sharp through out the whole range and across the whole frame, with excellent contrast and color. The only complaint is that it is over price, and it is not weather seal.
reviewer#10192 date: May-13-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80
price paid:1899.00
positive:Excellent all around lens, solid, sharp and fast at f2.8
negative:Heavy, but I guess this is the price to pay for full frame top notch lens.
comment:Beside the fact that it gets to be heavy after long hours of photo shot, this lens is absolutely fantastic
reviewer#9672 date: Dec-6-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-250
50mm 1.4
70-200 2.8
11-16 2.8
price paid:a lot
positive:Amazing image quality
fast focus
great colors
great contrast
negative:NO ZOOM LOCK!!! so freaking annoying
bokeh is only OK.
comment:I have had this lens for a year now and it's one of my favorites. The image quality is top notch.

The one thing that really annoys me about this lens is there is no zoom lock. my 18-250 can lock at 18, so when i put it in a bag, lens down, it does not extend. The CZ 24-70 does not have this... and ever one of my bags hold the camera with lens attached facing down... so when removing it from the bag, it always gets pull to it's full extension at 70mm. I don't understand why they don't add a minimum MM zoom lock to all lenses with extending barrels.
reviewer#9578 date: Nov-11-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135, Minolta 28-105 RS, Minolta 50 1.7, Minolta 50 1.4, Minolta 24 2.8
price paid:1800 CDN
positive:Sharpness, quality images, fast focus
negative:Heavy, Expensive
comment:I did not understand all the fuss until I bought this lens and now I get it. There will be more Zeiss in my future.
While some tests show that other lenses do as well or better in some areas this one does it all in my view.
It has become my walk around lens on my A850. I uses my primes much less although I am going to make an effort to use them more.
If your budget can manage this one get it.
reviewer#9501 date: Oct-15-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135
Minolta 35-105
Minolta 50 1.4
Minolta 24 2.8
Minolta 80-200 APO (not for range)
price paid:1375 used
positive:- Sharp
- Great feel
- Images speak for themselves
negative:- Expensive, but justified
comment:******WARNING: READ AT YOUR OWN RISK******

*** PLEASE NOTE: I don't want to be redundant here, so I will try not to go on too long praising this lens... or saying how heavy it is.

I'll just tell you what I'm doing after shooting with this lens for the VERY FIRST TIME. This is my first Sony Zeiss lens, but surely NOT THE LAST. In fact, I was so moved by the images and experience, I'm selling all my other high-quality glass, even the best classic Minolta beauties to BUY MORE SONY ZEISS LENSES and invest myself further into the Sony brand!!! This lens is a good enough reason to switch systems to Sony.

Furthermore, with the new and upcoming Sony cameras and new technology, I predict Sony will gain A VERY LARGE portion of the 'digital' photography market share and in the not-so-distant future be at the top worldwide.

Simply put, this is ONE OF THE BEST!

***I forgot to mention that the auto focus is unbelievable and will be great for shooting HD video.
reviewer#9447 date: Sep-25-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75/2.8
Minolta 24-50/4
Minolta 35-70/4
price paid:1600 USD
positive:Sharp wide open
Bokeh is smooth under right conditions
Fast focus
negative:Price hahaha
comment:Well, you always wonder until you try it yourself. Now I understand.
The detail, micro contrast &3D effect from this lens are fantastic. I have had it for a week & a half now & enjoying learning the lens very much. I don't think I will buy cheap lenses anymore. Not that the Tamron & the 2 Minoltas I compared it to are bad lenses, they are just not in the same league. I will probably keep the Minolta 24-50/4 though since the low contrast makes it very useful in some situations.
reviewer#9445 date: Sep-24-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:tamron 28-75
price paid:1600
positive:sharp, silent
negative:could have better range.
comment:I didn't believe the hype of this lens until i bought one when i bought an a850. They hype is not hype. It delivers an image that does have that special pleasing look. I bought this combo before going on a trip to China and used the 24-70 99% of the time. The only time i used my 70-300g was at an animal park. Although the focal length is good, I generally like a bit more range for a walk around lens. I didn't seem to mind it too much in China, and with 24megapixls, i am able to crop pretty heavy, but it would be nice if sony could make this lens with a bit more reach and still retain a constant 2.8 and the image qualitys this lens has. Other than that, which is my personal preference of shooting, this lens made me FULLY realize the value of a good lens and that, in this case, the money spent on the lens was worth it.
reviewer#9444 date: Sep-24-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-80mm f3.5-4.5 Vario-Sonar
CZ 85mm f1.4 Planar
price paid:AU$1,358 new
positive:Remarkable optics and build quality.
Quick, silent SSM focussing.
negative:Heavy, but well balanced on a99 or a900/a850.
comment:This is one very fine lens. Beautiful image quality and solid, precision build quality. Compares very favourably to the CZ 85mm f1.4 Planar, but of course has the advantage and convenience of its zoom range, making it a great walkabout lens on a full frame DSLR like the a99, a900 or a850, on which it feels well balanced. Perhaps a little less so on lighter bodies.
On an APSC sensor the zoom range becomes a cropped equivalent of 36mm to 105mm, losing range at the wide end.
Like the CZ 16-80 Vario-Sonar, I find it produces remarkably crisp, saturated images with that special 'zing' about them - don't know what's in the T* coating but at times it's almost like a polarising filter effect.
The SSM focussing is super fast and sure.
A big investment but a definite keeper.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 137
  • sharpness: 4.85
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.63
  • overall: 4.80

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