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

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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-50mm
17-35mm G
28-70mm G
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".

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania