sony sal 2470z carl zeiss review

sony sal 2470z Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM

Sony SAL2470z Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 24-70mm F2.8

sony sal 2470z carl zeiss

Introduction

The Sony SAL2470z Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 24-70mm F2.8 is a large-aperture zoom lens featuring a Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM) for fast and accurate auto-focus. The SAL-2470Z has 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 minimise distortion and virtually eliminate chromatic aberration. Like all A-mount lenses from Sony, it relies on Super SteadyShot image stabilisation built into their A-mount cameras, so it has no built-in image stabilisation. sony sal 2470z carl zeiss A-Mount

Sony SAL2470z in use

This wide-angle to medium telephoto lens is quite heavy at around 1kg. Indeed, it is more massive than the SAL70300G tele-zoom I tested a few months ago. The Sony SAL2470Z Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 24-70mm F2.8 feels like a solid chunk of glass with professional image quality. This is a lens that did not just wear the legendary Zeiss logo for its look: it’s optical performance, colour rendition, contrast and quality speak for itself. It is however very unfortunate that at this price it is not weather sealed.

sony sal 2470z carl zeiss review

Conclusion

Sharpness wise, I find this lens is one of the sharpest zoom I have used. In fact, it’s as sharp as Sony’s 35 f1.8 and a bit sharper than 50 f1.8 at f2.8 at the same focal length. If you want to find the sharpest standard zoom lens for the Sony A-mount that renders neutral and contrasty colour and crisp micro contrast, this lens will satisfy your needs.

2 thoughts on “sony sal 2470z Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM”

  1. It is a great lens, I use it as main lens for every day use. But it is not the best lens if we are talking about sharpness. I also had Tamron 28-75 F2.8 and it is more sharp than Zeiss wide open in focal lengths 28-60mm. After 60mm Zeiss become sharper. Zeiss wins in other categories, especially in autofocus speed, quiteness and precision.

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