Sony Carl Zeiss FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T* E-mount lens review by Michael Johansson

reviewer#11702 date: Feb-24-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 Carl Zeiss SAL 2.8/24-70mm
Sony FE 4/24-105mm
price paid:
positive:Leightweight and rather small (compared to the alpha-eqv). Well built.
negative:I bought one, sold it and bougt another a year later. There is someting with sharpnes I think that is not so good now that I can compare with the 4/24-105mm so I sold the second sample too.
comment:This is a very good walk around lens to the a7 / a7R cameras. It has some strange distorsions which is not autocorrected in Lightroom as there seem to be no profile for this lens yet.

Sharpness is very good but now that we compare to the awesome FE1.8/55mm and Sony FE 4/24-105mm it only get a 4. But for a zoom it is good but not at all as good as its longer alternative I think.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 23
  • sharpness: 4.43
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.78
  • distortion: 3.96
  • flare control: 4.70
  • overall: 4.53 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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