Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Tama 5a Oak

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; 61MP61 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 .

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