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

reviewer#45777 date: Oct-19-2021
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 own this lens
compared to:I don't have other FE mounts zooms of this focal length.
I won't compare any zoom lens with primes. Zooms are always a compromise -- practicality performance.
price paid:$750 used
positive:Build, Color, Size, OSS. It's a Zoom lens of practical focal length, Zeiss (Sony)
negative:The bayonet hood feels a bit crude when attaching.
Distortion at 24mm. Barrel extends when zooming. No rubber seal at the lens mount like my Batis lenses have.
comment:Well it is a zoom lens. I'm not going to foolishly expect it to perform like a prime. Perhaps there were sample variations looking at other reviews here. If so, my copy is very good. I purchased it used for my original A7. It is the lens I often prefer to have on my camera when I take it out of the bag. Otherwise I will mostly use my Zeiss Batis primes. I have not done any scientific testing, but I can tell you the photos I've made with the A7 and A7III look great -- I like the rendering. Size and weight are important to me so I don't need a faster zoom (f 2.8) I mostly go for more depth of field so I shoot stopped down mostly, i.e. f8

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania