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Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens

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Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/2.0-22
  • For Sony Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Aspheric Glass Lens Elements
  • Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM)
  • Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coating
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.6"
  • Focus Mode & Hold Buttons
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades

The 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens from Sony is for full frame format D-SLR cameras, but when used with cameras with APS-C sized chips it has the 35mm equivalent of a 36mm focal length. The lens features the highly-regarded Carl Zeiss Distagon retro-focus lens configuration designed for wide-angle lenses. The ultra fast f/2 wide-open aperture along with the 9-blade circular diaphragm allows you to work in low light, and with a minimum focus of 7.6" the lens allows you to get in close to your subject.

This lens is distinguished by its fast focus response and extremely quiet, smooth operation, thanks to its built-in SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor), and the focus mode switch allows you to quickly change between manual and autofocus. In keeping with traditional Carl Zeiss design, the all-metal lens barrel has been finished to a very high standard resulting in both high-quality performance and appearance.

Aperture Range: f/2.0-22
With a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range, and minimum aperture of f/22, the high quality of this lens means you don't have to sacrifice aperture to shoot higher focal lengths - as some lenses do when zooming in.
For Sony Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Optimized for Sony Alpha cameras, this lens becomes the 35mm equivalent of a 36mm lens when attached to smaller cropped APS-C cameras.
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in, the extra-low dispersion glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
Aspheric Glass Lens Elements
These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.
Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM)
Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.
Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coating
This Carl Zeiss lens features T* (T-Star) coatings that reduce the lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur on the surface of the glass elements within the lens.
35mm Equivalent: 36mm
This 24mm lens has the 35mm equivalent of a 36mm lens when attached to cropped APS-C cameras.
9x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Focus Mode & Hold Buttons
This lens is made with a Focus Mode switch and Focus Hold button, which offer better focus control whenever you need it. Switch between auto or manual focusing to more speed or precision, then lock the focus to keep it right where you want it. There is also no rotation on the focus ring in autofocus (AF) mode.
Performance
Focal Length 24mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 36 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 84°
APS-C Picture Angle: 61°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.56" (19.20 cm)
Magnification 0.29x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 9/7
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.99 x 3.07" (76 x 78 mm)
Weight 1.22 lb (555 g)
Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens
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    Sony24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Lightweight (3)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape photography (5)
      • Everyday (3)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-professional (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Probably the best 24 you can buy!

      I'm a professional photographer for over twenty years and for most of those years, shot Zeiss lenses on either Rolleiflexes or Hasselblads, I bought the Sony a900 the week it was released and,...Read complete review

      I'm a professional photographer for over twenty years and for most of those years, shot Zeiss lenses on either Rolleiflexes or Hasselblads, I bought the Sony a900 the week it was released and, before that, shot the Canon 5D with Zeiss MF lenses. This is the lens I wanted when I first moved to Sony and it sure took long enough for them to release it. Fortunately, the wait was really worth it. It's actually my first ZA lens as I mostly shoot wider and did not want to deal with the heavy ZA zooms or any compromises in absolute image quality. This ZA 24 really deliver the goods. Color saturation, contrast (and micro-contrast) and sharpness are all there in spades from wide open at F2! Furthermore, unlike any zoom or even other MF Zeiss lenses this wide, this lens shows very little distortion or vignetting and close to zero CA. Stop down to 5.6-8 and you will be rewarded with sharp corners as well. Outstanding performance! If you can get this lens, buy it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      got a poor representative of this lens

      After pre-ordering this lens and reading all the excellent test results I was not happy to receive a lens that produced out of focus images.
      after much testing and comparing the results to other...Read complete review

      After pre-ordering this lens and reading all the excellent test results I was not happy to receive a lens that produced out of focus images.
      after much testing and comparing the results to other lenses for my Sony 850 I had to return the lens. It seems that quality control can be lacking even for a relatively expensive lens.

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      4.0

      Great Lens

      By Jon Lee Will

      from Washington DC

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

          Great Sharpness, works best in manual focus, very little to no distortion at the right distance, and great durable design. Best Lens I've used for wide angle and landscape photos.

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          5.0

          Very very good

          By Phill

          from South Carolina

          Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

          This lens is very sharp and has no distortion, the wide view is superb. It is a top of the line piece of glass. The build quality is excellent and I like the small size.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very good wide angle fast lens

          By N.C.

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

            On my A900:In absolute term, this ZA 24/2 is not as good as ZA 50/1.4 and ZA 85/1.4. Mainly due to the wave like field curvature, and it makes this lens looks much wrost on a flat target test shot like map on the wall. However, this weakness becomes much less a problem in real world 3D subject with selected local focus point. When compared to a similarly spec lens like Sigma 24/1.8, the ZA 24/2 clearly has better sharpness, contrast, focus speed, and focus accuracy.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            You can judge this book by its cover

            By Greg@Cuentomagazine

            from Gold Coast Australia

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent build quality
            • Good in low light
            • Little Or No Distortion
            • Sharp Images

            Cons

            • A Heavy Lens
            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Interior shots
            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

            I write for an online magazine and in the process of writing about restaurants I discovered that I did not have a wide angle lens to shoot the interior of the restaurants. I purchased this lens after doing much research and I have not been disappointed.

            I use Sony kit and this lens is as sharp as a tack, with great resolution, very little distortion and vibrant colours. And the best thing about this Carl Zeiss lens on a Sony is having autofocus.

            Very happy with this lens.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            REAL zeiss

            By zhen

            from Ottawa,CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography

                Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                beyond Imagination,very good glass.feels like a manul lensit's eazy to make hyperfocal shot

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love it.

                By Liu

                from Fairfax, VA

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                  It is such a well made lens, solid, easy to use, I was trying to shoot a picture hanging on the wall in an interior room on my computer screen, I can get so close to my computer screen and crop the picture on the wall, I got exactly what I wanted.

                  I was debating should I buy th less expensive E mount 24 mm f/1.8 lens, it is much lighter, but I don't like the filter screw mechanism, finally I got A mount 24 mm f/2, I love it.

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great lens but watch out for flare

                  By Tim

                  from Atlanta,GA

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Flare

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography

                  Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                  Great lens, performs well with little distortion. Relatively sharp wide open, light, and high focus speed. One down side is flaring, which may bother most users.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Lens!!!

                  By ReactionOne

                  from Folsom, CA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                    Use this lens on my Sony SLT-A55v and DSLR-A550. Images are extremely sharp. Focus is fast and works great when shooting video.

                    It is a little pricey, but I no complaints about the quality.

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                    (9 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    got a poor representative of this lens

                    By XT ranch

                    from Crystal Springs, Ms

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor quality control

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                        After pre-ordering this lens and reading all the excellent test results I was not happy to receive a lens that produced out of focus images.
                        after much testing and comparing the results to other lenses for my Sony 850 I had to return the lens. It seems that quality control can be lacking even for a relatively expensive lens.

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                        (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        The best Sony Zeiss yet....seriously!

                        By Shots In The Dark

                        from Palm Beach, FL

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Construction
                        • Image Quality
                        • price
                        • Size

                        Cons

                        • nothing really

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • General photography
                        • Group Photography
                        • Indoor Sports
                        • Street Photography

                        Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                        I own all of the Sony Zeiss and Sony G lenses and use them extensively on my A900. All I can say is this is the best lens I have ever used - period. I suppose you'd need to upgrade to a Leica M system to find anything comparable. Having used Canon for 15 years, I can say that there isn't a lens in that lineup that can touch this lens for color, contrast and across the range sharpness in this focal length. It sports amazing build quality in a dense and formidable body. The lens itself is jewel like in construction. A Sony/Zeiss homerun!

                        What don't I like about it? Nothing! I can't even complain about the price, since other manufacturers charge more for their fast 24mm lenses than Sony does for this gem. Just get one!

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                        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A Great Sony Ziess Wide Angle Prime

                        By Fran

                        from New York, NY

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear details and layers
                        • Contrast
                        • Excellent in every aspect
                        • Great feel in hand
                        • Including the sharpness
                        • Oil painting effects
                        • Smooth natrual colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                            I have tried many different wide end lenses, and this newly produced Carl Ziess wide angle lens for Sony ( 24mm f/2.0 )is the one I got finally satisfied.

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                            5.0

                            Probably the best 24 you can buy!

                            By Tariq

                            from Florida

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Build Quality
                            • Color
                            • Contrast
                            • Freedom from distortion
                            • Sharpness

                            Cons

                            • none

                            Best Uses

                            • Architechture
                            • Documentary
                            • Environmental portraiture
                            • landscape

                            Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                            I'm a professional photographer for over twenty years and for most of those years, shot Zeiss lenses on either Rolleiflexes or Hasselblads, I bought the Sony a900 the week it was released and, before that, shot the Canon 5D with Zeiss MF lenses. This is the lens I wanted when I first moved to Sony and it sure took long enough for them to release it. Fortunately, the wait was really worth it. It's actually my first ZA lens as I mostly shoot wider and did not want to deal with the heavy ZA zooms or any compromises in absolute image quality. This ZA 24 really deliver the goods. Color saturation, contrast (and micro-contrast) and sharpness are all there in spades from wide open at F2! Furthermore, unlike any zoom or even other MF Zeiss lenses this wide, this lens shows very little distortion or vignetting and close to zero CA. Stop down to 5.6-8 and you will be rewarded with sharp corners as well. Outstanding performance! If you can get this lens, buy it.

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                            (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I love my Sony CZ 24mm f2.0 lens

                            By Mahmoud

                            from NJ

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Sony 24mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

                            I preordered this lens after long time of anticipation. The lens resolution is excellent; the file size from my Sony a700 is above 12 MB. The lens is slightly lighter than my CZ 85 f1.4 lens. Depth of field is nice. Silent motor that I can hardly hear, accurate fast focusing, no hunting. At 7.5 inch minimum focucing distance, you can use it as a close up lens. Having a large diameter, I thick helps minimize distortion associated with wide angle. This lens is great for outdoor landscape or buildings. Indoor, at equivalent focal length of 36mm on the a700 is great lens for group pictures.
                            Drawback: it understandably consumes a lot of battery.

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