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SonySEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens
 
4.7

(based on 75 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (48)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (45)
  • Lightweight (43)
  • Strong construction (41)
  • Consistent output (35)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • No image stabilization (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (56)
  • Landscape/scenery (40)
  • Night photography (39)
  • Weddings (21)
  • Macro photography (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (17), Enthusiast (8), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (73)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One fine piece of glass!!!

Sorry for the obvious inference, but it's true. I've always admired Zeiss optics and this lens carries on the tradition in fine form. I mounted this lens on my NEX-5N with the...Read complete review

Sorry for the obvious inference, but it's true. I've always admired Zeiss optics and this lens carries on the tradition in fine form. I mounted this lens on my NEX-5N with the OLED viewfinder and have used it almost exclusively since. I also have the 18-55mm, 18-200mm zooms, the 30mm macro, 16mm pancake with fisheye & wide angle converters and a few Lensbabies. I'm considering a second body for them as the Zeiss epitomizes the one "Go-To" lens concept. As a street lens, this combo is hard to beat.

The sharpness is unsurpassed and the bokeh produces an exceptionally pleasing fine, creamy effect. This is especially noticeable with the aperature wide (or almost wide) open and the foreground subject at minimum focus (~six inches). While the f1.8 maximum is fast, DOF is so shallow that care must be taken with autofocus to capture the subject. However, manual autofocus assist greatly helps in these instances especially when low-to-medium peaking is enabled. There's one note of caution about the sharpness. This probably wouldn't be my first choice for portraiture unless in-camera softening or post-processing is used. This lens will bring out all the wrinkles, dimples, etc. It's great if you're going for that effect, but maybe not ideal for family gatherings, weddings and such.

Overall sharpness is best achieved at f4.0 and beyond and grain is well controlled at high ISO. For some reason, I find that I rarely use AWB with this lens. I normally use the sun, cloud or shade settings (tungsten or fluorescent when indoors). If necessary, I'll dial it in manually when the lighting is particularly tricky. I'm not sure if this is a lens or sensor effect. I find that, more and more, I'm taking this same approach with my other cameras/lenses as well.

The lens is pricey at ~$1,000.00, but this is a classic case of getting what you pay for. Build quality is excellent and the manual focusing ring turns smooth as silk.

If you're serious about the NEX system, this is money WELL spent. I'm anxious to see prints made from a Zeiss/NEX-7 combination.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for low light but with some issues

After reading some glowing praises about this lens from other NEX owners, I decided to bite the bullet and try this thing out on my NEX 7. What are my thoughts?The Good:The...Read complete review

After reading some glowing praises about this lens from other NEX owners, I decided to bite the bullet and try this thing out on my NEX 7. What are my thoughts?The Good:The fit and finish of the Zeiss is superb. I was quite surprised how compact it actually is (without hood of course). Also, this lens is one of the sharper wide-angles I've ever tested and the corner sharpness wide open and stopped down is quite good. The Zeiss is suited well for nighttime photography, not only the sharpness but the deeper depth-of field associated with wide-angles compared to more normal focal length, fast lenses, so that more of your subject would actually be in focus. I really do like to close focusing distance of the Zeiss which makes it extremely versatile.The Not-So-Good:I did notice some lateral chromatic aberration even when stopped down. Although this is already corrected in-camera, let's just say Sony's JPEG engine is not the best in the world. This means I need to resort to processing my RAW files in Adobe Camera Raw. The lateral chromatic aberration can be fixed in Lightroom/Photoshop but you never totally get rid of it.One surprising thing I noticed is that this Zeiss has bit of focus shift. One note: NEX lenses autofocuses with the lens aperture wide-open. My wide-open shots were accurate but my other shots when the lens is stopped down had a bit of backfocus.I do wish this lens had image stabilization (or at least I wish my camera had in-body stabilization). I was more than fine when shooting stills, but when I it came to video, I really needed a steady hand or else I would have some jittery video clips.You need to watch out when threading filters to this lens. The filter thread on this lens is slightly recessed into the barrel, so if you install a thin B+W UV filter like I did, you may have a hard time taking it out if you put the filter on too tight. I did mention that filter threading is plastic?Conclusion:In my experience, the negatives outweighed the positives, so this lens is not for me. Other people are very happy with the Zeiss but I guess I'm too picky, especially if it costs[$]. Looks like I'll stick with my legacy glass for the meantime. The Zeiss is great for low light and if you are willing to live with some of it's issues, more power to you.

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5.0

Great Lens

By Jim

from North Carolina

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

    Great lens. I do a lot of indoor sports photography and the 1.8 f comes in handy. The quality of the photos are sharp and great colors.

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    5.0

    Wonderful!

    By art54

    from Simsbury, Ct.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

      Bought this lens for my Sony a6000 camera. I love everything about it. It is super sharp, great aperture, very well built. Pricy, but worth the money if you want the best images.

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      5.0

      Nice Primary Lens

      By CameraBuff

      from Corona, CA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

        I have not yet used this lens much, but it appears to be very high quality. It is fairly fast, with a useful focal length. I'm looking forward to gaining experience with it.

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        5.0

        Great lens !

        By pascastel

        from Québec, QC, Canada

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Traveling

          Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

          Well, this is one of the best lens I have ever used. I have tried quite a lot of lenses, and yeah.. this one is great. It have everything: (1) fast AF, (2)It is F/1.8, (3) It is well built, (4) Sharpness couldn't be better and (5) Close focus ability.
          What else ?

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          5.0

          Appreciate the detail!

          By Filmflam Man

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

            So far I have simply been testing the 24mm f.1.8. I plan to use it to photograph people and flowers.

            I find it is easily as sharp as I had hoped. Also the autofocus, while a bit slow, has so far seemed adequate.

            Yes, there is more plastic than I wish were in the mounting, but such is the state of things these days. I don't think I got away from plastic even in my EF lenses.

            I especially appreciate the quality in a lens that works with the NEX-7 to give me a camera I can one-hand when necessary.

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            4.0

            Amazing lens...wow factor

            By dimsum76

            from San Francisco

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            Pros

            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Traveling

              Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

              I love this lens. The clarity is a true wow factor and quickly has become my favorite lens. Only downside and reason for only 4 stars is lack of sony's optical steady shot which makes low lighting shooting difficult if not on tripod or really concentrating on holding still. However, of all my lenses, this is my favorite!

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              5.0

              Pricey...but yes, worth it

              By HR Sawman

              from Vermont!

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                    Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                    I agree with the positives from other reviews; good glass, fine focus, etc..surprisingly good macro.

                    High-quality images with my Nex 6.

                    I am happy with the investment, because over time I can upgrade my camera, but the lens should retain much of its value. Seems solid, well built.

                    I LOVE shooting with it.

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                    5.0

                    very good lens

                    By dominic

                    from Montreal

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                          Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                          this lens looks very good, it's sharp, nice natural colours, very little distortion. normally i don't like wide angle, it's my only one, and i'll keep it in my kit with my normal and telephoto lens.

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                          5.0

                          THis is a Great Fast Lens from Sony

                          By Greg from iCatching Media

                          from Dallas Texas

                          About Me Professional

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                          Pros

                          • Beautiful color
                          • Great depth of field
                          • Low Light

                          Cons

                          • No image stabilization

                          Best Uses

                          • Low light shots
                          • Wide Angle Shots

                          Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                          The Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm lens works great for me and looks beautiful on my Sony NEX-EA50UH camcorder. I needed a wide angle fast lens that looked great using only candle light to light a scene in our horror indie film. The director was amazed at how well it looked after we did our first test shots. I recommend this lens to anyone needing a great low light lens with optimal depth of field. The only thing I wish it had was image stabilization; but this is not a huge deal since most shots I do are on a tripod or steady cam.

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                          5.0

                          Made a New Camera of My Sony A3000

                          By daisy70

                          from New York, NY

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Streetcandid Photography

                            Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                            I replaced the kit zoom lens on my Sony A3000 with this lens and it made it a new camera. The fine optical qualities of the lens coupled with its speed made image stabilization unnecessary and the sharpness relaxed the need for zoom-framing. It's a wonderful lens for street/candid photography and portraits.

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                            1.0

                            Disappointin

                            By Bj

                            from Scottsdale az.

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Not Functional

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                It was no better than the 14-50 kit lens or even the 50mm 1.8. I called Sony and he actually said that it was entirely possible with its best feature was the bokeh I can get broken with what I already. Own and don't need a $[$] status symbol. It was very disappointing to say the least.

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                                5.0

                                Professional Grade!

                                By Roscoe

                                from Raleigh, NC

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                  Recently got a NEX-7. As a landscape photographer, I usually use my D800E, but this camera and lens combination is really amazing. I get RAW images that compete very well with the big DSLR, and the lens is as sharp and contrasty as you would expect from Zeiss.
                                  It could be a bit shorter, but overall excellent.

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                                  5.0

                                  Wonderful detail

                                  By Dave94598

                                  from Walnut Creek, Calif.

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography

                                    Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                    With this lens I'm getting wonderful detail on my images with the Sony NEX 7.
                                    Smooth focusing and great color rendition. Good price too for what you get.

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                                    5.0

                                    Spectacular Lens!

                                    By Mick

                                    from Blacksburg, VA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                      The results of using this lens are far superior to any of the other lenses I have for my NEX-7. The output far surpasses Sony's other lenses.

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                                      3.0

                                      expected better

                                      By Isaac

                                      from Brooklyn, NY

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                      Cons

                                      • Distortion

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                      in short, the pictures are nice and sharp, but too much distortion for a lance this price

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                                      5.0

                                      NEX ^ & Zeiss 24 mm f1.8 lens

                                      By AZ Mac

                                      from Arizona

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                        I wanted a great walk around lens for travel. I decided to buy a prime and ordered the 35 mm f1.8 Sony prime lens. After reading more reviews, I ordered the 24 mm Zeiss. I took both lenses on a weekend trip to Tuscon and
                                        thought they were both good lenses based on what I could see in the computer. However, there were several photos taken with the Zeiss lens close up of flowers that were absolutely beautifully focused. I don't think the 35 mm could have compared if I had taken the identical shot with the 35 mm. I decided to return the 35 mm & keep the 24 mm. I want the lens that I'll use most of the time on my NEX 6 to be the best optical quality. It was more than I wanted to spend, but I didn't want to have regrets & buy it later.

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome lens.

                                        By andrewding

                                        from vallejo, ca

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Sports/Action

                                          Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                          Really sharp lens. CZ did a really nice job on this one.

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                                          5.0

                                          Sharper than my Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens

                                          By The Camera Lover

                                          from San Francisco, CA

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Nice Bokeh

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                            I used it only twice, taking portrait and landscape shots on my NEX7. The colors are rich. The image quality is just superb!! It is well built.
                                            It is quite pricey. But you got what you pay for.

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                                            5.0

                                            WOW!

                                            By kevin

                                            from Fargo ND

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                                            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
                                              • Weddings/Events

                                              Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                              for the first time I can really see what my nex 5n is capable of!

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                                              4.0

                                              Happy

                                              By super lights

                                              from Farmingdale, NY

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent Output
                                              • Durable
                                              • Easily Interchangeable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Sony SEL24F18Z 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar Lens:

                                                  Good glass, shallow depth of field. Only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me is that it is not that different for the price, from the Sony lenses.

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