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

reviewer#12195 date: Mar-19-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Sony 50/1.4
Sigma 50/1.4 Art
Minolta 50/1.7
Canon 50/1.2
price paid:1000
positive:Gloriously sharp
Fast to focus
Light weight
negative:Long length
Focus by wire requires lots of practice
comment:This is a phenomenal lens. From 1.8 it's very sharp and I find I used it regularly and don't often reach for my 85/1.4 if this is mounted on my camera. I find the images pleasing and the focusing performance to be fast and accurate.

It's a shame it's as long as it is, but the light weight makes up for its size. Its cost is a prohibitive factor as well, but this is the realm we exist in.

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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