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Sony24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens
 
4.8

(based on 111 reviews)

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    (12)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (112)
  • Strong construction (88)
  • Consistent output (72)
  • Durable (58)
  • Rugged (56)

Cons

  • Heavy (69)
  • Lens creep (3)
  • Pricey (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (69)
  • Low light (64)
  • Weddings (58)
  • Night photography (45)
  • Sports/action (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (48), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (16), Enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (70), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An amazing zoom lens!

First I must say that I have never encountered a sharper zoom lens anywhere within this range on any manufacturer. There is no doubt to me that it is a great all-around lens and...Read complete review

First I must say that I have never encountered a sharper zoom lens anywhere within this range on any manufacturer. There is no doubt to me that it is a great all-around lens and it is the primary lens that I use. After having enough time to really get to know this lens, it provides better IQ then any other zoom in or near its range that I've had the ability to use. Even Popular Photography concurred calling it "an undeniable best-in-class showing" and I would have to agree.

Some have asked me for direct comparisons - Compared to the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L (on a 40D) it has slightly less distortion, better sharpness especially 24-35mm range, and better contrast through the whole range. In my opinion I would almost say an entire 'class' difference.

Compared to the new Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G Nano (on a D300) the lenses are more closely matched. From the 24-50mm the Sony is noticeably sharper with better contrast, however from 50-70mm I could not detect a difference.

Interestingly, in all cases the Sony was noticeably sharper then the other two wide open at f/2.8, which has a major usability factor. My comparisons above where all with the lenses stopped down to around f/4-f/5.6. Any gap in IQ was exaggerated at f/2.8

The lens also supposedly doesn't have 'weathersealing' and while there is no rubber gasket at the mount, the zooming lens barrel is clearly sealed with what looks like to me a double rubber gasket, but I would have to disassemble the lens to be completely sure. In any case it is above what what I have from other zoom lenses.

The lens is a bit heavy and sizable, but smaller compared to the competition. Its not impossible to use walking around or for travel photography, but you will know its hanging on your neck by days end.

It is a great lens, and I am extremely happy with it. If you want what is possibly *THE* best 24-70 zoom for a 35mm format camera, then this is the one. As many people say it may offer 2 times the performance, but it is 5 to 6 times the cost.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

PLASTIC???

The worse thing about this lens is that the exterior barrel is made of plastic, the sections between the rubber grips and the very last section. You can tap on it and hear the...Read complete review

The worse thing about this lens is that the exterior barrel is made of plastic, the sections between the rubber grips and the very last section. You can tap on it and hear the hollowness of the plastic, and you can feel the cold steel sections of the front of the barrel and also feel the blandness of the plastic of the rest of the barrel. Since when did anybody ever collect a PLASTIC lens???? The lens petal hood attachment is metal however, I would have no problem with the hood being plastic instead of the body. I would have paid a little more for a fully metal body too. Yes the lens is heavy, but to be honest, bigger IS better for image quality. I would have loved if this lens was 82mm instead of 77mm. So heavyness is not really a complaint. Another thing that is really annoying is that Sony has another Zeiss ZA lens in the 16-35mm range. So with this 24-70mm lens, there is dollars wastages in the overlapping 24-35mm range. why cant they make it 14-30 and 30-85 or so? Such a shame since I love all the zeiss lenses designated "Sonnar" for their low light enhancings. Aside from that, autofocus on this 2470z is very very very fast, and images are very sharp at a few stops above wide open.

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5.0

Wonderfully sharp and detailed images

By Chrissy

from Sebastopol, Ca

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Close Up Great
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Low Light Capability
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction
  • TACK SHARP

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

I shot a wedding in Sansepolcro, Italy with this lens on a Sony A7r camera. Its ability to perform well in low light saved me because I couldn't use a flash during mass. The images were soft but presentable in the dingy light of the catherdral but outside the images were spectacular. They were crisp, with true colors and very little distortion wide open. I used it for close-ups of the ring and jewelry which came out superb. There was several wide shots of the reception that I was able to crop in to a fourth and still have tack sharp clear images. Wow.

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5.0

One of the best lenses out there!!

By sanibelbeachbum

from sanibel fl

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

    Worth every penny. Nothing bad to say about this lens.

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    4.0

    weighs in!

    By tangotina

    from cincinnati, ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

    at first i was a little leary, the thing weighs more than my camera. but once i started shooting i didnt notice the weight at all. gorgeaus shots, great color. pretty happy!

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    5.0

    The best lens ever

    By ilia kolos

    from brooklyn, 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

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

      This is perfect for almost everything. Thank you B&H!

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      5.0

      This product amazing!

      By arkdrubar

      from Brooklyn NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

      Nothing can compare to the lenses "Carl Zeiss" which sharpens as a sharp a razor blade.
      With that universal lenses I shoot portraits as as well as landscapes.
      I'll definitely recommend to my friends to buy.

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      5.0

      Fast and heavy

      By Suki

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

      The lens is great and I had a great feeling holding it.

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      5.0

      My new favorite lens

      By Lynne5477

      from Fort Worth, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

      Very crisp photos. Love this lens. And especially the 2.8. Thought it might get heavy after walking around all day but I was fine. Very glad I purchased this lens.

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      5.0

      1st Priority is a Great Lens.

      By Tim Moran

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

      Everyone will tell you Lighting & Lens. Ive been using a SAL 1650 2.8 on my SONY A77 and jumped to this lens & I can see & feel the difference. I cannot think of a better lens to use only my A77 & A99 SONY cameras or any A-Mount camera.

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      5.0

      Delighted to have this lens

      By Painter

      from Dobbs Ferry, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

        I am a painter. I use the lens in the studio to take photos of my paintings. Sometimes I need to take shots in low light so need a fast lens. The zoom makes it flexible for different sizes of work.

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        5.0

        Superb!

        By dalerobert

        from Troy, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

          SAL2470Z is a great all around lens covering most often used focal lengths. Build quality, color, sharpness, contrast and bokeh are all excellent. I use it on a crop sensor Sony A65v and for me it is still wide enough for landscape photography. If I want wider in the future I would maybe look into a prime lens for that purpose. My only gripe is I wish Sony would create lens profiles for all their lenses for full frame and crop sensors for use in Lightroom and/or Camera Raw rather than having to pick through user created profiles. As of now no one has made a lens profile for this lens for a crop sensor.

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          5.0

          Simply The Best

          By Dirk

          from Chicago Suburban

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

          I use this lens in the studio as well as weddings and other pro jobs. At my company, we have a choice of many fine cameras and lenses, particularly Nikon and Canon. It is not just my opinion but also the other Photographers that I work with, who I might add are Canikons, that the A99 with this lens produces the best result for sharpness, color, and all around performance. Incredible video results also.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like a Porsche precise and strong

          By bmspeed

          from West Dundee, IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

          I purchased this lens for its great glass, the very fast focusing, the build quality and the versatility that this lens provides. Yes it is very heavy, but it compares to an equivalent Canon or Nikon product in weight. I have used this particular lens now for about two weeks on a Sony SLT A99V body and conclude that I made an excellent choice, because the clarity even under very low lighting is really amazing. Focus action is silent and very fast. Even macro work is outstanding when compared to a more specialized macro lens. Yes, this CZ 24-70 will be my all around lens. Some reviewers have complained about the lens shade, I found that the shade provided with my lens seems to be made from very strong plastic material and works absolutely fine. Would I buy this lens again, yes absolutely and I would recommend this product to anyone.

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          5.0

          Stunningly Perfect Focus

          By John the Geek

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

          Simply the best lens I have ever owned or used. I have been using Sony Alpha cameras for five years and I only regret that I did not buy this one sooner. Yes, it is heavy, but the images are so perfectly crisp in focus that it is worth it.

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          5.0

          Worth every cent.

          By Fritz

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

            Auto-focus is fast and quite. Photos are worth the money. Go's good with my 16-35.Excellent at dusk.

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            5.0

            Great lens, great service

            By Paul D. from MN

            from Rochester, MN

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Lens Creep

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

            I use this as a carry-around lens on my a37. I'm very pleased with it.

            B&H honored a lower price they had since though I bought my lens 3 weeks ago. I appreciate that. And their service is great.

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            4.0

            Performed as advertised.

            By SalemPicHunter

            from Salem, OR

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

            Clear crisp images even in low light. Love it! Wish it were a little lighter but I can live with it.

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            5.0

            waited too long to make purchase

            By manny7200

            from corona New York

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

            I started with the 16-35 carl Zeiss using a77 for city and landscape photography extremely happy with it now I own the 24-70 just as happy I'm glad they both use same filter size I can't wait to upgrade to a full frame so the 24-70 will be my main lens

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            5.0

            Great portrait lens.

            By Threegrizzlies

            from Texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

              I purchased this lens for family and children's portraits and what a beautiful piece of glass. I'm extremely happy with the Lens at f2.8 and f3.2. I would absolutely recommend this lens.

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              5.0

              24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Moun

              By speedy

              from detroit michigan

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

              best lens i ever owned

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              4.0

              Great Lens, lives up to the hype

              By Thirdwise

              from Bethlehem, Pa

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens:

              4 stars because it's heavy. But other than that pretty flawless.

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