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

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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to 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:I have read reviews that praise its built quality, but mine was heavily used and became wobbly and unsharp with barrel extended.
comment:Decided to sell it to buy a FE 4/24-105 as I wanted native mount and more range and don't need f/2.8.

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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