Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by SineQuaNon
|SineQuaNon#38899 date: Jul-11-2017|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||1,300 USD (Open Box)|
|positive:||- high build quality; feels very sturdy|
- excellent IQ, especially sharpness and micro-contrast
- focusing is very fast, accurate, and nearly silent
- 77mm filter size is common to several other high-end lenses
- focus-hold button
|negative:||- rather heavy|
- no lens lock/ has moderate zoom creep
- significant price increase compared to next lower level of lenses
|comment:||I hesitated at purchasing this lens for quite a while, as I've been running an APS-C setup for quite some time. But as I plan to upgrade to full-frame in the next month or so, I finally decided to pull the trigger, and I'm glad I did.|
I was decently happy with the results I was getting from my SAL1650 paired with my A77, but now that I have this lens, the 16-50 will be gathering dust until I sell it. The sharpness of this lens is just something incredible to behold, even wide open. And though it might not be at STF levels as far as bokeh, I was more than pleased with the smooth, pleasant way that the out of focus areas are rendered.
Yes, there are some drawbacks, but if you need/want some seriously high quality glass, and plan on printing LARGE, then those drawbacks probably won't deter you, as they didn't deter me.
The lens is pretty hefty, without a doubt, but I stopped using neck-straps ages ago. It is held up nicely on my shoulder strap by a capture clip, and so the extra weight is hardly noticeable.
Because of how I carry the lens (capture clip/clutch hand strap) the lack of a zoom lock leads to eventual zoom creep, but this was fixed with a simple LensBand.
The biggest deterrent, though, was obviously its price... But, everyone has a different budget, and for me, I decided it was worth it when I found a store-model open box being sold for $1,300. Would I have paid the roughly $2,000 for it new? Well, thankfully I didn't have to, haha.
Overall, I'm in love with this lens, and expect that it was be what I take 75%-%80 of my future images with.
Will update after I have a chance to use it on the A99ii I plan on picking up.