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SonyVario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
 
4.4

(based on 33 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (19)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
  • Strong construction (18)
  • Consistent output (12)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Video (12)
    • Night photography (8)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Sports/action (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Superb Zeiss Colors and Solid OSS

    I bought this lens as an all-purpose walk-around kit to use with the Sony A7. It has not disappointed. The colors are typical Zeiss - saturated and rich. The optical stabilization is amazing...Read complete review

    I bought this lens as an all-purpose walk-around kit to use with the Sony A7. It has not disappointed. The colors are typical Zeiss - saturated and rich. The optical stabilization is amazing - I can get sharp pictures hand-held 1/15 sec at 60MM. If you looking for a lens that is sharp at all apertures and all focal lengths this is not it. For a perfect performance get the Leica 28-90 at about $7K. Cons: 24MM is a bit weak and 70MM gets a tad less sharp. But so what, be aware of the limitations and work around them.There is more to a photograph than "sharpness" - colors, rendering and richness of images are attributes that this lens delivers in spades. Add to the fact that it is built very well and is weatherproof and you have an excellent addition to your gear.Viewed in context, it competes very well with much bigger and heavier counterparts from Cannon and Nikon.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Sony FE 24-70mm Vs Canon EF-S 15-85mm

    I tested this lens on the Sony A7r. It is soft at 24 and 35mm starting at 60% of the way out towards the edge. I compared it to my current system, the...Read complete review

    I tested this lens on the Sony A7r. It is soft at 24 and 35mm starting at 60% of the way out towards the edge. I compared it to my current system, the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f4-5.6 IS on Canon Rebel 550D. I photographed a brick wall at a variety of focal lengths and f-stops, I'll only go into detail on one set, take at 24mm f8 on the Sony, and the equivalent focal length on the cropped sensor of 15mm f8. Both sets were taken at ISO 200 and 1/250. These parameters eliminate depth of field and "shutter shake" considerations. I used Photoshop to "up-scale" the 16Meg Canon file to the 36meg that the Sony file contains. As the 100% image crops below show, the Sony is perhaps a bit sharper at the center. By 40- to 60% of the way to the edge along the horizontal they are equal. At 70% the Canon is sharper and the difference increases as one goes closer to the edge. The story is similar at 35mm. The Sony is sharp across the field at 50mm, but at 70mm some softness creeps in to within 10% of the edge.
    The positives are the lens seems well build, is compact. I like many aspects of the A7r. Judging from other reviews, the Sony prime lenses do much better. Ultimately my reason for going from a cropped sensor to a full frame camera is to improve image quality. Small and light is a tremendous factor for me. However, without an improvement in what is my most used focal length range, I concluded that is pre-mature for me to jump ship to the Sony FE system and returned the camera and lens. I am hoping future lens offerings will cause me to reconsider.

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    5.0

    Smooth focus and good color

    By kneelz

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

      I love the color rendition and the smooth focus it gives in video mode. This lens is a must for videography and it is perfect paired with the Sony A7S :)

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      5.0

      I love ... Love the lens!

      By RMZnyc

      from New York , NY

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

        After reading a lot of harsh review from other web site, I opted to buy this lens since I need a walk around lens for street photography. No regrets that I bought this coz the picture quality of this lens is amazing. I have this for over 3 weeks now and the shots I took has this zeiss color quality. Working as an assistance fashion photographer I describe this lens as constructed with quality and beauty. The lens screens expensive! I love the feel of it in your hand, and I love the proportion when attached to the A7.As in Fashion you pay more for the label. But this one ... you are paying the label and the quality. I will buy this lens again and I will recommend it to anybody.

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        4.0

        Great for A7 Videos

        By Jack

        from Placentia, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

          Good for video, OOS. Kinda slow for this price.

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          2.0

          Poor Optics Cant Use OSS on A7r

          By Paul3NT

          from Rancho Santa Fe, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Iq Oss Doesn't Work

            Best Uses

            • Only Tripod Landscape

            Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

            The Image Quality of the lens is mediocre at best due to choice to use the inexpensive Tessar design rather than the much better, more expensive Sonnar design. Compared to the top-of-the-line Canon 24-70 F4 L VR mounted with a Metavbones III adapter on a A7r, the Zeiss performs poorly: corners at about 35-70mm focal length are soft whereas the Canon are tact sharp. AND there is a large distortion at 24 & 70mm. But the worst design feature is the lack of a switch to turn the OSS on or off. On a A7r the "SteadyShot" mode is permanely turned-off in the latest firm-ware because Sony recognizes that the shutter vibration problem interferes with the OSS. Therefore you CANNOT use the OSS with the A7r. But on the A7 and A7s that employe a different, vibration free shutter, the "Steady-Shot" is NOT turned off and the OSS can be used.Summary: Use the Canon 24-70 F4 L VR with the metabones III adapter to achieve top-quality IQ AND Optical Steady Shot or Vibration reduction.

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            4.0

            Made for video

            By Ryan

            from Kirkland, WA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

              Auto Focus when shooting video is butter-smooth. Acts like video AF should. It's quite remarkable. On the other hand, the manual focus ring is very hard to predict and feels numb to the touch. I haven't used AF for video in years, so the MF behavior I find to be very frustrating. That said, the AF is good enough to actually be useful, and it's a very nicely made, compact, high-quality zoom with very good OSS.

              In photo mode, it seems to nail focus quickly and produces some very nice images, but I haven't taken too many photos with it yet. Considering the 2.8 FF options, I would call this a lightweight lens that balances with the A7R very nicely.

              One star off for the poor manual focus feel and the omission of an M/AF switch on the lens barrel.

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              5.0

              Sharp, Well Made Walk Around Lens

              By Colorado_Freeskier

              from Denver, CO

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                    Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                    So far I love the lens…yes, it is expensive but it is extremely well made and produces very sharp photos. This is my primary walk around lens for my A7 due to the reasonable size, weight and versatility. Between this lens and the FE 35mm I'm becoming a big fan of the Sony Zeiss lenses.

                    I've attached a few photos, just note that all of them are cropped, in particular the photos of the bee and the moth.

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                    5.0

                    My new favorite lens for my SONY A7r

                    By Dressage Queen

                    from Nashua, NH

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                      I find this lens sharp, the focus is quick and the detail I get in my photos with the SONY A7r is beyond my expectations. I have used the lens now for a few weeks in all types of situations, even low light and have not been disappointed. Nice bokeh and I find the lens functions nicely at 24 mm or zoomed fully out to 70mm. The lens is well-made and sturdy.

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                      5.0

                      impressive size, excellent as all Zeiss

                      By GCS

                      from Miami

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                      use as a prime lens

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                      5.0

                      SHARP AND USEFUL

                      By sailingtennisbum

                      from Virginia Beach

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                            Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                            The Sony A7r with Zeiss 24-70 is used primarily as a carry everywhere camera. Image quality is very good and the lens has a useful range. Much lighter and a little smaller than a comparable Nikon setup....will fit in a briefcase ! Focus is acceptably quick for everything but sports work , and the smaller form and reduced weight is a welcome relief for a retired pro.

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                            4.0

                            Sony a7R's First Dedicated Zoom Lens

                            By DGS

                            from Carrizozo, New Mexico

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Quality
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Not Quite Long Enough

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                            First off, this is an outstanding lens. Could it be better? Yes, but it is good enough for 90% of the work I do. I shoot a lot of landscapes and the wide to mid zoom is good most of the time. I wish it was like my Canon 24-105 since that covers more of what I shoot. I waited a long time for this lens and I'm not disappointed. I do wish it was a little faster than f/4 but then I probably couldn't have afforded it so I won't complain about that either. It is incredibly sharp on the 36mp sensor. Edge sharpness is almost as good as center and it has a very nice bokah. The colors and contrast are what you would expect from a pro lens. Movements are sure but not too firm. It has a great feel in your hand. The only reason it does not get 5 stars are the things I mentioned. Zoom length and speed and that is strictly my personal preference.

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                            3.0

                            sharp in the middle soft on the sides

                            By daerhldgs2

                            from Calgary, Alberta

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                              This lens is super fast and silent focussing, very sharp in the center, but the edges are soft at 24mm and F4 and don't improve significantly at 24mm and any F stop. Quite a disappointment for landscape shots at 24mm.I bought this lens to replace a Minolta 28-70F2.8 G lens I was using on my A7R and found the Minolta lens soft overall, whereas this lens is soft at 24mm on the edges and improves as you zoom.

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                              5.0

                              STUNNING!!!

                              By HappyShutter

                              from Los Angeles CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                  I am honesty so impressed with this lens. It performs better than my Nikon 24-70 2.8 and weighs at least half as much. When I look at images from this lens I'm floored about the quality. Bravo Sony/Zeiss

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                                  4.0

                                  Superb Zeiss Colors and Solid OSS

                                  By Eeraj

                                  from New York City

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Rugged

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                    I bought this lens as an all-purpose walk-around kit to use with the Sony A7. It has not disappointed. The colors are typical Zeiss - saturated and rich. The optical stabilization is amazing - I can get sharp pictures hand-held 1/15 sec at 60MM. If you looking for a lens that is sharp at all apertures and all focal lengths this is not it. For a perfect performance get the Leica 28-90 at about $7K. Cons: 24MM is a bit weak and 70MM gets a tad less sharp. But so what, be aware of the limitations and work around them.There is more to a photograph than "sharpness" - colors, rendering and richness of images are attributes that this lens delivers in spades. Add to the fact that it is built very well and is weatherproof and you have an excellent addition to your gear.Viewed in context, it competes very well with much bigger and heavier counterparts from Cannon and Nikon.

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                                    5.0

                                    Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

                                    By Roger F. Edlin

                                    from Indianapolis, IN

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Best in its class
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy
                                    • Needs A 2 8 Aperture
                                    • Poor in Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                    This lens is tack sharp. Very high quality. The down side is the aperture is 4.0 light hog. I selected it, from three choices in the promo package. For this lens to be professional it will have to get down to a 2.8 range minimum. Please don't misunderstand me it's top of the line quality, but.
                                    Thanks,
                                    Roger F. Edlin

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                                    5.0

                                    i have lens for 2 weeks well made sharp

                                    By peter

                                    from petah tikva israel

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                      great for all day ,landscape

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                                      5.0

                                      This Zeiss 24-70 f:4.0 is fantastice.

                                      By russ

                                      from western Washington

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Rugged

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                        Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                        I ordered the lens without much information being available. After using it for a week I am thrilled with the performance. The constant aperture works without any draw backs. I have several Sony and Minolta high end lenses and this is on par with the best. On a scale from 1-5, I rate it as a 4.7.

                                        I shoot mostly out of doors but was in a museum and shooting with available light and the results are just as amazing as those taken outside on a sunny day. Image stabilization worked without any blurred shot shooting hand held.

                                        I would recommend the lens as a great mate for the Sony A7R for general shooting. have not taken any shots where bokeh was a factor.

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                                        5.0

                                        Solid

                                        By KE

                                        from Chicago, IL

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easily Interchangeable
                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Nice Bokeh
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Photography
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                          I own both the 35 and 55 primes lenses but wanted a walk around lens. This is a great walk around lens and its not heavy and feels really solid and strong. Image quality is great and images are sharp.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Lens!

                                          By MPW

                                          from Monterey, CA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Easily Interchangeable
                                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Video

                                            Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                            Used for art photos… it performs just as expected.

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                                            4.0

                                            Renewed faith

                                            By Steve

                                            from Bellingham, WA

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent Output
                                            • Durable
                                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Strong Construction

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Video
                                              • Weddings/Events

                                              Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                              Knowing that a zoom is not as precise (sharpness/contrast) as a prime lens, and recognizing the multitude of conflicting reviews on the internet, I decided to purchase it in the hope - that as a "travel" lens - it would satisfy my needs across its focal range.

                                              I have been in use of my Canon 5D3 with the 24-105 f/4 lens which I have been quite pleased with so this was of course, the standard to which I made a comparison. First I did some single tests i.e. star test for decentering, exposure charts to compare the consistency of autofocus as well as corner sharpness. Satisfied that my copy was good I then proceeded to compare it point by point to my Canon 5D3 with the 24-105 lens.

                                              First, in regards to the FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens, I was struck by how superb it is at f/4 - nicely outperforming the 24-105 lens. At all other apertures the FE lens continued to outperform the Canon lens but not strikingly so as I was lead to expect when coupling this lens to the Sony A7r. (I resized the Canon file to match the 36mp Sony file for these comparisons). In general I would say that the Sony lens/camera combination outperformed the Canon in terms of sharpness/contrast by 25%.

                                              One factor which was amazing about this lens, is its control of chromatic aberrations. This was way better (100%) as compared to the Canon 24-105. Distortion control was about equal even through applying the lens profile for the FE lens as supplied by Adobe via their recent update of lens profiles in Photoshop.

                                              The lens is about a third smaller and lighter than the Canon 24-105. It balances well on the A7r. The OSS is silent and very effective in getting sharp shots down to 1/15th. of a second.

                                              Many of the reviews complained that the extreme ends i.e. 24 & 70 gave less than stellar performance. Personally I did not find this to be the case. It easily matched the Canon lens and unless you pixel-peep at 100-200% you will not be repelled from using these focal lengths. For the average print sizes up to 20X30 I don't believe you would notice any imperfections.

                                              All in all, I consider the FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens to be a good buy and a great match for the Sony A7/A7r.

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                                              5.0

                                              Sony Vario-Tessar T 24-70

                                              By Jforno

                                              from Nutley, NJ

                                              Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                              Light weight super sharp.

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