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

reviewer#44417 date: Nov-10-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron - AF 18-200 F3.5-6.3
Sony 16-50/2.8 (A-mount)
Tamron - SP AF 60 F2 Di II LD (IF) (A-mount, macro)

price paid:900 euro (new)
positive:f/1.8 - and it's usable too (sharp enough and the DOF does not get too narrow).

Secret feature: it doubles as a poor man's macro.

Lightweight, balances well with a small camera such as NEX-6.
negative:I'd expect a 24 mm fixed lens to be much shorter... (pancake).
comment:This was my most used "walk around lens". Got some nice steet photos with it even at night - despite the lack of stabilization.

Short min. focusing distance is an added bonus. This lens can focus down to the edge of the lens hood! Without sacrificing shapness.

It's not a real macro, thought. Due to the short FL, max. magnification is 0.25X. Yet it's capable of photogaphing faily small items. Even in not-so-good light! Much easier to use than a real macro lens!

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania