Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T* E-mount lens review by calpon

reviewer#11413 date: Oct-31-2013
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:Zooms and the Touit 32mm
price paid:1000.00
positive:As sharp as a lens can be without costing several thousand dollars. In truth, this should be a 5 rating for any mere mortals. Built like a tank, but a reasonable weight. Very sharp wide open and is perfectly sharp by f/4. Corners are slightly soft until f/4 when it is just as sharp as the center. Very fast and accurate focus.
negative:None other than price. Some would say the lack of IBIS, but would the lens be this sharp with all that going on in the lens?
comment:This is a top notch lens and a lens any Emount shooter should aspire to. This would be a lens at the pinnacle for any mount. As an owner of a Zeiss Touit 32mm, I constantly debate myself which of the 2 will remain with me. I rationalize that 1 has to go because they are so close in FOV. The 24 is better built by a little and has faster AF. The 32 is a tad sharper and mf is a dream. I'll probably keep both unless I find 1 dominates my camera much more than the other.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.86
  • color: 4.86
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.71
  • flare control: 4.86
  • overall: 4.86 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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