Last updated (02 March’13):
- Review by Photoreview.au
The Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss features 24 – 70mm (35mm Equivalent: 36 – 105mm) at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 17 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 84 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1′ 1.8” (0.34m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens weighs 2.1 pounds and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long. It’s available with price of $1,998.00 at Amazon store.
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Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Reviews
Photoreview reviews the Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss and writes;
“Vignetting (edge darkening) was negligible at all apertures and focal length settings. Rectilinear distortion was barely detectable. Bokeh (out-of-focus blur) was very smooth and attractive.”
SLRGear reviews the Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss and writes;
“It’s test results for sharpness show it to be extremely sharp, competing very closely with the Canon and Nikon comparable lenses. It’s is optimized to provide its sharpest results in the wider portion of its aperture range, which makes sense to me, as this is a lens you will spend a lot of time shooting wide open.”
Photozone reviews the Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss and writes;
“The Zeiss ZA Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 SSM will surely find many fans. In terms of resolution is may well be the hottest cake around in this class and neither distortions nor vignetting are problems to worry about (all within the APS-C scope). Lateral CAs may be visible at times in wide-angle images but it’s a non-issue in the middle to upper zoom range.”
Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss User Reviews
The best general purpose lens available | Rating:
“The lens build and mechanical quality are top of the line. It focuses quietly and very fast thanks to the SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor). Also the focus zoom ring is nicely sized and operate smoothly. The Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 is very shapr for zoom lens. It is sharp in the center at f/2.8 at all focal lengths, and the excellent contrast and saturation are what strike me the most in real life applications. “ – by Alan
The Best Sony/Zeiss Lens Thus Far, | Rating:
“I have compared this Sony/Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 lens to the legendary Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G lens using the Imatest lens test software. At an aperture of f2.8, the Minolta 28-70 lens at 28mm focal length and the Zeiss 24-70 lens at 24mm focal length are equally sharp in the center, but the Zeiss lens is sharper at the corners.” – by Photo/Video Gearhead
a must for photography with Alpha 700 | Rating:
“I am shooting portrait photography for professional work (phototherapy) and this lens is one of the best I have with Zeiss 85mm, aperture F/2.8 allows to shoot in low light, cristal clear, sharp images, smooth and extremely fast focus , this lens is a must and permits to magnify all the qualities of DSLR Sony Alpha 700.” – by Zelda, Paris
Best 24-70mm Zoom on the Planet | Rating:
“24-70mm is the perfect range for general portraiture and people photography and this lens is absolutely the sharpest 24-70mm zoom on the planet. It’s built like a Rolex and the Zeiss glass simply blows away the competition. It’s tack sharp at every focal length even wide open at 2.8, plus it’s without the chromatic aberrations that plague Canon zooms. “ – by Brian Smith
What can I say? Simply the best!, | Rating:
“There are several indepth technical reviews on the net that can describe this lens better than I can. I can say that it produces extremely sharp images with great contrast. With it’s large maximum aperature it makes focusing and composition a pleasure. It is a big lens but carrying around a few extra ounces is well worth it.” – by J. Wagner
Superb for the pros | Rating:
“A lot of new (and old) non pro photographers think that if they don’t have “the best” (and most costly) they can’t take a good picture. This is totally false. Satisfying and great photos were taken with gear in the past that would be junk today. Great award winning photos are being taken with so so lenses and amateur cameras today. Digital imaging has also improved image quality as well. “ – by J. Coates
if you’re going to get ONE [portrait] lens, THIS IS IT | Rating:
“The image quality produced from this lens is wonderful as expected. For me, had no problem in sharpness edge to edge and with an aperture of 2.8, it does fairly well in low light matched with a high ISO… Focusing is fast and quiet and accurate [I personally set my a700 to focus only in the center point so I can predict the focusing 99% of the time].” – by JJ Casas
A Great Lens | Rating:
“Using this lens on an A700 lets you know what a great lens can do. You notice the sharp contrast and increased color saturation immediately. The fast focus is not as apparent until you mount a screw drive lens and see how slow it is.” – by Richard Graves
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Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss User Manual
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Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Specifications
High-performance Carl Zeiss large-aperture zoom. The SAL-2470Z Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar f2.8 24-70mm Zoom Lens is a brilliant all-around performer—with SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) design for fast, silent auto-focus, pro-quality Carl Zeiss T* coated optics to reduce lens flare, and 17-element design with two aspherical and two ED glass lens elements to minimize distortion and virtually eliminate chromatic aberration. It also benefits from the Super SteadyShot image stabilization built into every Sony system DSLR—and its wide-angle to medium telephoto range and compact, lightweight design is ideal for a wide range of shooting applications (35mm equivalent: 36-105mm).
Compact Design, All-Around Versatility
This superb 24-70mm zoom lens is an excellent choice for a wide range of photo applications — a lens you can put on and leave on, providing large-aperture brightness that’s easy to carry (35mm equivalent: 36-105mm).
Superior Large-Aperture Performance
Like other large-aperture Carl Zeiss lens designs, this f2.8 24-70mm zoom lens is simply magnificent in its ability to capture brilliant high-resolution images in low-light conditions requiring fully open aperture.
In-Camera Image Stabilization
A major reason for its compact, lightweight design is the benefit of Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization, built into every Sony ? system DSLR — and enabling accessory lenses to eliminate the extra weight and expense of in-lens stabilization mechanisms.
SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.
Carl Zeiss T* Coating
Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss — and this superb lens features T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces.
The SAL-2470Z is designed with 17 lens elements in 13 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 2 ED glass elements. Floating motion between the third and fourth groups of lens elements helps compensate for any aberrations caused by the zooming action of the lens.
Glass-Molded Aspherical Lens Elements
These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
Because light of different wavelength (or color) bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass is used in Carl Zeiss lenses to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.
* Focal Length : APS: 24 – 70mm (35mm Equivalent: 36 – 105mm)
* Filter Diameter : 77mm
* Minimum Focus Distance : 1′ 1.8” (.34m)
* Magnification : x 0.25
* Lens Groups-Elements : 17 elements, 13 groups
* Distance Scale : Yes
* Distance Encoder : Yes
* Aperture (Max.) : f/2.8
* Aperture (Min.) : f/22 – 29
* Aspheric Elements : 2 aspheric
* Lens Type : Standard Zoom
Weights and Measurements
* Weight (Approx.) : 16oz (445g)
* Dimensions (Approx.) : 3 1/4 x 4 3/8” (83 x 111mm)
* Front and rear lens cap
* SH0005 petal lens hood
* Lens carrying case
See also: Carl Zeiss/Sony | Lens Reviews