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

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; 61MP61 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.
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 140
  • sharpness: 4.84
  • color: 4.91
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.61
  • overall: 4.79 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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