Sony E 24mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* ZA SEL24F18Z review by Andy Andrews
Andy Andrews, slrgear.com
1 week ago
Summary: The is a reason most photojournalist make a fast 35mm their go-to optic: It will cover most situations and most lighting conditions encountered. The 24mm Carl Zeiss works out to the same acceptance angle on the APC sensor of the Sony NEX cameras as a 35mm lens on a full-frame digital or film camera. Over the long haul and in the widest variety of shooting conditions, a prime lens will hold up better than a zoom.
Pros: Incredible resolution, even wide-open! Have yet to find any flare or ghost images in my pix - many shot into sun!
Summary: If you have a Sony Nex camera, I think this is one of two lenses you should own. Zeiss Sonnar is as good as it gets and the 24mm is very useful. You should also, of course, own a super telephoto lens (18-200mm). Great product. Top grade quality.
Summary: This is a nice lens... it would have been a great lens if would have come with built in image stabilization. Especially for the price. Shooting handheld video with this lens is somewhat shaky due to the lack of OSS. I've taken the same sharp stills with primes costing hundreds less (well, almost).. The Zeiss does have a slight edge, but honestly sometimes you can't tell the difference between this lens and say a much cheaper Sigma prime in terms of image quality.
Summary: I held off from buying the lens for a while. After reading many reviews (websites and customer reviews), I decided to take the plunge. After taking a few shots, I finally see what the hype is all about! This is indeed a great lens. Sharpness from corner to corner and the colors are vivid. The 1.8 aperture is great for indoor shots and other low light situations. The price? I do agree with most of the reviews, but given the Zeiss brand and it's history, it's worth it.
Summary: Sharp, sharp, sharp! One of the sharpest lens I ever had. Amazing pictures on NEX 6 (Similar to D800E/Sigma 35mm f/1.4 combo). Very nice for "macro" work - can focus very close to the subject. Did I say SHARP!
Summary: I have a decent set of e-mount lens (16mm+UWA, 30mm macro, 18-200mm) and some old Minolta glass, but this 24mm sits on my camera 80% of the time. It's just the perfect focal length to capture enough of the scene without too many distractions. I've shot on the NEX-5, NEX-5N, and now NEX-7 for the past year. Every time I moved to a better body, the Zeiss 24mm kept up, worked harder, and delivered more resolution with good color rendition.