Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm F2 ZA SSM Distagon T* A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44154 date: Oct-26-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover 25 F1.8
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
price paid:497 USD (used)
positive:Close focusing
Good contrast
Reversible petal hood with flocking
Lens Compensation
Lens Button
negative:Weight & size
Curvy focus plane
Narrower than other 24mm lenses
Noisy focus mechanism
Not a II lens
72mm filter size
comment:A like-new copy with the original retail packaging and accessories. This is the next cheapest SSM lens after the 70-300G and DT 16-50 F2.8 zooms and the cheapest full-frame Sony Carl Zeiss. It is about 5 times more expensive used than the much smaller Minolta 24 F2.8. "JAPAN"

The center sharpness is similar to the Minolta F2 and Sigma F1.8 film primes--a magnitude less sharp than my sharpest lenses. The image quality over the APS-C frame is similar to the older Minolta 24 mm primes and zooms at the same apertures. The Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM has a much flatter focus plane and is much sharper.

This lens doesn't focus as close as the Sigma Super Wide II but has greater maximum magnification. The front element is actually fairly small--the bulky metal body seems unnecessarily large. The focusing noises seem amplified.

The lined plastic ALC-SH110 petal hood is slightly smaller and deeper than the ALC-SH117 hood from the DT 16-50. They have very similar bayonets, though the 16-50 rides a slightly thinner ridge.

I regret not ordering the smaller E-mount 24 F1.8 instead. The Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM kit lens performs better for APS-C users.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 36
  • sharpness: 4.82
  • color: 4.94
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.42
  • overall: 4.70 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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