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

reviewer#11605 date: Jan-14-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Kit Zoom 16-50mm: I would only use the kit zoom if I need the flexibility of a zoom otherwise the 24/1.8 stays on mostly.
Leica M 35/2: Sharpness very very close. Zeiss glass always warmer while Leica more neutral. Just different signature.
price paid:1100 USD new
positive:Superb sharpness & contrast. Very close minimum focus allows good use of f1.8 aperture for excellent OOF/bokeh effects.
Light yet very well made. I dropped it (ouch!) and found a dent on the outer ring near front element. Lens still works like nothing happened.
negative:Price! But then still relatively cheaper compared to Leica glass; sorry for making this comparison but Zeiss is in the same league optically.
Would have been great if it were also designed for Full Frame ... but price would be even higher (at f1.8)!
comment:A highly recommended and must have lens for APS-C Nex owners. Beware it will be cropped on A7/A7r full frame bodies.

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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