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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Tamron SP 17-35 F2.8-4
Tokina AF 17 F3.5
Samyang AF 18 F2.8
Sigma 19 F2.8 DN Art
Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG
Tamron 20 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG HSM
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Samyang AF 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta MC W.Rokkor-SI 28 F2.5
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
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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