Summary: I use this Zeiss lens exclusively with a Sony NEX-VG900 camcorder. It certainly feels solid and is heavy. Zoom and manual focus seems very good.My 6,000x4,000 pixel still images are flawless and sharp with the FF sensor. AF is fast and smooth but quite noisy during video recordings; the AF motor is loud when using onboard mic or even my Sony shotgun mic mounted directly on camera. If clean audio is critical, I recommend manual focus to eliminate AF motor noise.
D. Cotting "Photographer :: Art Director :: M..., Amazon
18 June 2013
Summary: I purchased this along with a Sony A99 body when I decided to switch from Canon to Sony. I haven't looked back since (see my review on the Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Full-Frame 24.3 MP SLR Digital Camera with 3-Inch LED - Body Only (Black) ). One of the major draws for me to switch to the Sony system was the ability to have access to the Zeiss glass with autofocus capabilities.
Summary: The title about sums up my feelings towards this lens. Construction: ######### The craftsmanship associated with this lens starts right from the packaging - the lens comes lovingly cradled in cardboard packaging that is impressively constructed to withstand even the roughest delivery, and is accompanied by a hand signed inspection card. The accompanying accessories are just as classy.
Summary: Lens preforms excellent, I purchased for my A580 and have been very happy with the results! I would definitely recommend For any serious photo enthusiasts. A little heavy but worth the weight in results. The pictures are amazing!
Summary: A must have if you are shooting with an a99. Works well in all conditions. Can't say enough about the results produced with this lens. Heavy but still acceptable in most situations. Nuff said.
Summary: What a pleasure creating with this bad mama jama. my photos have never been more tack sharp. everything about this lens is perfect. The marriage between my A77 and this lens goes beyond perfect, and this combination of the two, shall live happily ever after in and out of my bag. Ok just a real fast update here. This lens is now even better than when i first wrote this. since then i am now the proud owner of the best camera out right now the SONY ALPHA 99.
Summary: Since I already have a Sony 70-400 mm lens, I bought the 24-70 mm as a replacement for the Sigma 28-200 mm that wasn't compatible with the a99 at the time. Never had a Carl Zeiss lens before and so far it's the best lens for the type of shooting I do. I do a lot of landscape and nature shots so I don't like to carry a lot of lenses. Since the 24-70 mm isn't a light lens, it makes sense for me carry as few lenses as possible.
Summary: It is sharp, heavy, beautiful, and fulfills any needs of a photographer. Highly recommend it. It should be your first lens if you have an A99. I bought it at 1898 dollars days ago. Now its price rises to 1998. How lucky I was!