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

reviewer#44306 date: May-26-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 24-105/3.5-4.5 D
price paid:NZ$795 (US$520 used)
positive:A very versatile lens, constant f/2.8 across the zoom range, lovely colours and rendering, SSM focusing is fast, minimal distortion, most aberrations are well controlled, as sharp as some of my primes, solidly built
negative:SSM is fast but *not* as fast as some of my screw drive Minolta lenses, quite heavy, AF-D isn't quite what I hoped for
comment:Bought from a local 2nd hand dealer - I was told before buying that it had some dust and stuff on internal elements - externally it is a bit beat up (the blue paint on the Zeiss logo was rubbed off so I re-coloured it with a blue permanent marker, lol). Optically it is 99% fine thankfully. It is proving to be a versatile albeit heavy walkabout lens, with lovely sharp rendering and lovely colours, and good flare control. I will probably get a service to clean internal elements as I can see a blob of gunk near the edge of the image circle on the 2nd element from the front (if I stop down to f/16 at 24mm and near minimum focus distance I can see a fuzzy faint blob in that location). Otherwise it is working admirably - a bona fide bargain considering other SAL2470Z's for sale in New Zealand are around NZ$2000 for used, and over NZ$3000 for new.

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