Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by mob81

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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-70mm f28 G
price paid:
Some what good built
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.

rating summary

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  • 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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