Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM E-mount lens review by Dibok

reviewer#26556 date: Apr-20-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:SAL2470Z, SEL2470Z, Batis 25, Canon TS-E 24 II
The center is for all of the above lenses outstanding. The SAL Zeiss needs a stop down to f8 to get sharp corners, the SEL was failing here at all. The Batis is an almost perfect lens, and for my taste provides the nicer colors - but I had to decide for economical reasons to return it. The Canon used as standard wide angle is in my understanding "unbeatable", except for the colors by the Batis.
The GM is sharp across the frame. At 2.8 to 4 the extreme corners are at pixel-peep-100% softer, but at f4 already gone.
Colors are clear and fine, microcontrast is fairly good - I personally am missing the Zeiss typical color and contrast. The bokeh is (for me) for a standard zoom (especially compared to the SAL and SEL Zeiss' surpisingly good.
price paid:2.300 €
positive:Sharpness across the frame, nice color rendtition, solidly built.
negative:Nothing so far.
comment:The GM is no "empty" marketing promise. It delivers in every aspect. It is big - of course it is - it is 2.8. During my A-mount time the SAL2470Z was my every-day, so became the new GM since two weeks now.

Product code is "SEL2470GM" by the way.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.90 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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