Summary: This is a great lens with several different faces. On the A900 it is a superlative wide angle with very little distortion, extremely sharp and rich Zeiss colors. on the A700 this is a super walk-around 36mm equivalent. I sometime find myself wanting the extra reach I have on the Zeiss 24-70. And, I sometimes feel like making this lens something that it is not. During times such as these, I just switch lenses to something more appropriate.
Summary: Bought 3 SAL24F20Z. 1st one was an AF idiot. It hits everything but the target. I tried AF correction in my camera. But mistake is not linear. It differs with distance. Also this sample was very sharp and had beautiful picture. 2nd ones AF missed much lesser but it was not so sharp and still had 5 from 10 misses. 3d one missed 2 from 5 which is almost good. But it lacked crispy sharpness from 1st one. Ive returned all three to my local dealer.
Sony 24mm f/2 SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T* SAL24F20Z review by Beachrider
1 August 2011
Summary: OK, I gave it all 10s. I would have given a 9.75 on image, if possible. Very usable down to f/2.0, but corners are a little soft at that setting. You need to work really close to subject to exploit semi-macro capabilities. My first Zeiss. Price for 24mm (f/2) is 70% of price for 24-70 (f/2.8), both from Zeiss. So it is a little pricey.
Pros: Amazing focus performance. Coatings are doing a lot of work on the flare and contrast. Very solid construction.
Sony 24mm f/2 SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T* SAL24F20Z review by edwardkaraa
5 February 2011
Summary: Very sharp across the frame at all apertures, except at infinity where the very extreme corners need to close down to f/5.6 to sharpen up. Results are simply amazing. Even at f/2 it is as good as it gets.
Pros: Excellent sharpness and contrast, Zeiss colors, size, distortion.
Sony 24mm f/2 SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T* SAL24F20Z review by 3systemuser
15 November 2010
Summary: an almost perfect prime for me ,and if you dont need f1.4 or weather sealing of the similar Nikon and the Canon , the Sony is much better lens than these 2. it is much cheaper than both the Nikon and the Canon 24f1.4, it is sharper than both the Nikon and the Canon. it is much smaller than the both 24f1.4 lenses. so , I highly recommend this lens to all Alpha shooters. by the way, I use it on my A900 and A850.
Pros: sharp in all focus range , very well corrected optics, good AF, very small for what it is.
Summary: This lens is an amazing wide angle prime, and with the SSM it can be a great 35mm type of lens on the NEX (has auto-focus now) or similar APC-C type of sensors. I love the fact that it has a auto/manual focus switch on the side, as well as the hold focus button in the middle. If you like the Zeiss lineup, this is a must-have.
Summary: Ordered from Camera Outlets via Amazon at a great price. The lens arrived well packaged within a couple of days. Paired with my Sony a77 this lens is excellent - really sharp images and fantastic colours. Being a prime lens you do need to move around a little more than with a zoom to frame the shot but the results are worth it. Fantastic lens.