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Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Lens

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Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Lens
Key Features
  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
A popular pick for professionals using full-frame A-mount cameras, the Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Lens from Sony covers many of the most commonly used focal lengths in its wide-angle to short telephoto range, which make this optic an outstanding option for photographers working quickly in a variety of shooting situations. Offering a constant f/2.8 aperture, shooters will enjoy consistent exposure throughout the zoom range. Also, the lens design incorporates two aspherical elements to combat aberrations and uses the Zeiss T* coating to effectively eliminate flare.
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Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Overview

A popular pick for professionals using full-frame A-mount cameras, the Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Lens from Sony covers many of the most commonly used focal lengths in its wide-angle to short telephoto range, which make this optic an outstanding option for photographers working quickly in a variety of shooting situations. Offering a constant f/2.8 aperture, shooters will enjoy consistent exposure throughout the zoom range. Also, the lens design incorporates two aspherical elements to combat aberrations and uses the Zeiss T* coating to effectively eliminate flare.

Operation is smooth and fast with an enhanced Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) AF system, as well as a focus hold button and focus mode switch for intuitive control. Assisting with focus speed is an internal focus design for faster performance and reaching a minimum focus distance of 11". Additionally, it has a dust- and moisture-resistant construction and a nine-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh.

Based on the Zeiss Sonnar optical concept, this lens uses a design with 17 elements in 13 groups that helps create a relatively compact wide-angle zoom with improved contrast, a resistance to flare, and with minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations.
A standard-length zoom designed for full-frame A-mount cameras, the 24-70mm can also be used on APS-C camera systems where it will provide a 36-105mm equivalent focal length.
A constant f/2.8 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and also lends greater control over focus position for shallow depth of field techniques.
Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Two extra-low dispersion glass elements are featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
Two aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
An SSM autofocus system and internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control.
A focus hold button and focus mode switch are present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.

Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
24 to 70mm
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Lens Mount
Sony A
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
77 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Sony A
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
84° to 34°
Minimum Focus Distance
13.39" / 34 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.25x
Optical Design
17 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.27 x 4.37" / 83 x 111 mm
Length at Maximum Extension
5.58" / 141.7 mm
Weight
34.36 oz / 974 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
11.7 x 5.1 x 5"

Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Reviews

Not up to Zeiss quality

By SonyA900
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-06

I bought this lens used and use on a Sony A900 and occasionally an A580. My primary reason for buying it was the 24mm end. I needed a decent wide angle. After a lot of testing I am sorry to report that this copy is very soft at all apertures at 24mm. Other focal lengths all have their "sweet spots" but 24mm doesn't. Very disappointing, to say the least.

Fast focus, clear center quality, horrible edges.

By Kurzweil Photography
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-21

The autofocus on the lens is extremely fast, accurate, and quiet. Build quality is exceptional, the lens feels solid but is also very heavy because of it. If you usually crop your images in postproduction then you don't need to worry about this, but I found that there was a significant amount of Vignetting at f2.8 in bright sunlight. For a lens that is over $2,000, I'm not sure I would recommend it.

Sharp and versatile

By Yasuhiro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-09

I have only been using this lense for a short time and have only taken several hundred photographs on my Sony a99ii. I found this lens to be very sharp, the zoom range is very usable and had a feeling of a very professional lens -- quick focus and quiet. This will be my number one go-to lens for most purposes. Also, 50-70mm range is excellent for portraits.

Vario-Sonnar 24-70 lens

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-08

Bright images in finder, sharp pics

Why buy Sony

By Sharon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-07-12

Crystal clear imagine with this lens.

Avoid due to reliability.

By Darrell
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-24

A Ziess lens like this you'd expect to be built well to last. Yet, mine (and many others if you search) the front of the lens to becomes lose after just a few years of use. With some, the lens will get stuck and unable to zoom. Mine has never been dropped or abused, yet this has become a problem. The worst part: Sony wants $1400 to fix it.

Grab & Go Every Day Lens

By BERNARD
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-21

Need to grab the camera and go? Keep this lens mounted and ready. Its the perfect general use lens. An excellent range between wide and telephoto, especially indoors. Open the aperature wide and you get a nice bokeh. Stop it down for laser sharp results. Fast, slow, bright and low light conditions - it handles them all quite well. Throw a good polarizer on the end and watch the colors pop on a sunny day outside. Mine is mounted to an a850 and has yet to produce a disappointing shot. I only swap out this glass for situations where I want to use my 16-35 for large group shots, or am doing portraits with my 85mm or 135mm prime lenses. Worth every penny in terms of quality, construction, and results.

Sharp lens

By Palitha
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-02

I used this lens only on couple of events so far mainly for low light indoor photography.  The pictures were really nice and sharp. I am using it with 99M2 and this camera+lens combination seems to work flawlessly.

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question

Will this lens fit on Sony's 2x (A mount) teleconverter?
Asked by: Larry M.
The Sony 2X teleconverter will not be compatible with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The teleconverter is only compatible with a select number of Sony and Minolta pro-level telephoto lenses.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

whats the difference between this version II ...

whats the difference between this version II model and the previous original Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM (first generation)?
Asked by: David
The new version is weather sealed, more efficient with its focusing, and has the T* coating which helps to prevent lens flares.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-02-21

Can this lens be mounted With Nikon D850 using an ...

Can this lens be mounted With Nikon D850 using an adapter and get full functionality? Frank
Asked by: Fan
You can mount this lens to a D850, but without autofocus or auto exposure. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/995091-REG/fotodiox_sn_nk_g_pro_nikon_f_mount_lens.html
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2019-09-02

question

Is the zoom and focus ring metal like my 135mm/f1.8 ZA SSM or rubber? Thank you.
Asked by: Anonymous
The zoom and focus ring are made of rubber.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Does this lens feature hard stops for manual focus adjustment? Also does this lens feature a zoom lock switch to keep the barrel from extending?
Asked by: David
There are no hard stops on this lens or zoom lock, however there is a focus hold button.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Can use this lens with a7riii

Can use this lens with a7riii
Asked by: Isam
I can not answer about an a7rIII. I do have this lens and use it on my A99II and love it!!!!! This is the lens I use 75% of the time! I would highly recommend the lens if you find out if it fits your camera!
Answered by: George
Date published: 2021-05-16

Hello can I use on Sony alpha a77??

Hello can I use on Sony alpha a77??
Asked by: Santiago
Yes.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-12

question

Will this lens work on a A6300?
Asked by: Garry M.
You can use this lens on an A6300 with the use of a lens adapter.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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