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Registered: September 2015
Posts: 2
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* SEL2470Z review by Sc
Review Date: 9/22/2015 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $980.00| Rating: 5 

Pros: Well built, nice range and f4 keeps the weight down
Cons: Optical quality is sub-par, especially for the price.

There's a lot to like about this lens, build, range, weight, but unfortunately optical quality is not one of them. If you like centre sharp, then it's reasonable, but the corners are just plain soft at all focal lengths. I cannot recommend a lens that performs so poorly. Chromatic aberration is bad in the corners as well, not that it's difficult to fix, but for what I consider a premium lens, it's poor performance. Put this on an A7R or A7R II, and it's embarrassing. Unfortunately, I bought it based on the opinion of someone I thought knew what they were doing. Even though the range is nice, and Sony's lens lineup is sparse, I would avoid this lens. It's just not very good.

Registered: December 2008
Posts: 31
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* SEL2470Z review by andre_
Review Date: 3/17/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: Weather resistent, good optical performances, very good OSS
Cons: Distorsion correction is mandatory, no distance on the barrell

Great lens for street and travels, perfect companion of the A7.
Lightweight, weather resistent (despite it lacks the internal zoom), this lens has very good optical features, with well corrected aberrations and only some softness on the corner at f4 (but I don't care...).
THe bokeh is close to some primes' (the out of focus), and the general rendition is almost the same at landscapes distance and closer.

The autofocus is quite quick and very precise (on the A7), and the vibration reduction system is efficient and silent.
All of this without much increment in the battery drain, in comparison with the use with manual lenses.

I usually use this 24-70 without the hood, and I don't remember a single case of flare.

As in every review, the corners are soft at f4, but it isn't an issue neither for street photography nor for landscapes, since at f5.6-8 the rentition is linear.
Maybe the definition is a little less at 70mm, but the 24Mp of the A7 sensor are well resolved (perhaps it could possibly suffer a little on the A7r).

The only real issue I've experienced is the distorsion, along the whole zoom range.
As I wrote, it's mandatory a distorsion correction (built-in for JPG), but the Lightroom profile works well on the RAW files.

Highly reccommended!

Registered: April 2012
Posts: 4
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* SEL2470Z review by rponiarski
Review Date: 3/16/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,200.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid construction, great contrast and colors
Cons: A bit pricey

Everyone panned this lens and I did not know what to think, but after seeing the quality of the Sony/Zeiss 55mm, I took a chance and bought this lens as my walk around lens for my A7m2.

All in all, it is a great lens. Yes, $1200 is a lot for an f4 zoom lens, but it has typical Sony/Zeiss quality. The micro-contrast and colors are excellent, it is sharp from f4 in the center with just a little softness on the edges, which is really only of interest in pixel peepers. For street photos and general landscapes, this is an excellent lens, well made and feels like it is a quality piece, which it is. Flare is handled very well and the OSS works really well.

Highly recommended!


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