Sony Carl Zeiss FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T* E-mount lens review by hg102

reviewer#11757 date: Apr-7-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8/24-70 ZA with Sony LA-EA4
and a Sony LA-EA1.
price paid:$1200 us
positive:The lens balances well on the A7r. It is solid and well made but the focus ring is plastic.

Auto focusing is fast and accurate. Color saturation is fantastic. I have compared it to other Minolta, Sony and Zeiss lenses and it holds it's own.
negative:Non so far except for the plastic focus ring.
comment:I was surprised how well it worked with the EA1 with the newer A lenses. Thus far I am pleased with the results. Be aware that the image stabilization is in the lens and not the camera body. A tripod is essential for non stabilized lenses and this old man.

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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