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Zeiss Sonnar T* 24mm f/1.8 ZA Review
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Zeiss Sonnar T* 24mm f/1.8 ZA Review
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Zeiss Sonnar T* 24mm f/1.8 ZA Review

OpticalLimits, tests out a blast from Sony's past - the Zeiss Sonnar T* 24mm f/1.8 ZA, one of Zeiss's APS-C lenses.

A little about the lens;

Practically distortion-free and featuring a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, this Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA Lens from Sony will help APS-C E-mount shooters capture difficult scenes with ease. Offering a 36mm equivalent focal length, this lens is a common choice for street, interiors, landscapes, and general photography. Also, thanks to the use of one extra-low dispersion element, two aspherical elements, and the Zeiss T* coating, shooters will enjoy images free from aberrations and flare. Operation is speedy as well due to the use of a fast and silent linear autofocus motor and an internal focus design, which permits focusing as close as 6.3" for close ups with a 0.25x magnification. Additionally, it has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth, round bokeh.

Ratings;

  • Optical Quality - 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mechanical Quality - 4 out of 5 stars
  • Price/Performance - 2.5 out of 5 stars

Conclusions;

The Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA is a great little lens - if you can get a well-centered sample at least. In terms of resolution, it delivers everything that you expect from such a high-priced lens. It's already very usable at f/1.8 and razor-sharp at optimal aperture settings. Lateral CAs are low. A Zeiss-weakness is, once again, vignetting so auto-correction is a good idea here. Auto-correction also helps to eliminate the slight pincushion distortion that is present in RAW mode. The bokeh is a bit sub-par but this applies to most wide-angle lenses.

The build quality is top-notch in terms of materials and smoothness of the focus ring. However, there is no weather-sealing which is really a pity at this price point. It's worth noting that the lens can focus down to an object magnification of 1:4 (0.16m) which is interesting for dramatic close-ups.

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