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SonyVario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
 
4.3

(based on 88 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (43)

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    (33)

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    (7)

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    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (38)
  • Strong construction (36)
  • Lightweight (34)
  • Consistent output (28)
  • Easily interchangeable (26)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (40)
  • Video (17)
  • Weddings (15)
  • Night photography (12)
  • Low light (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not excellent, but not at all mediocre.

For a long time, I had put off purchasing the Sony FE 24-70 f/4 OSS lens owing to the generally bad reviews posted by DxOMark, Photozone.De, SLRGear and the like. But...Read complete review

For a long time, I had put off purchasing the Sony FE 24-70 f/4 OSS lens owing to the generally bad reviews posted by DxOMark, Photozone.De, SLRGear and the like. But when my local big box electronics store came up with an "open box" markdown this lens at a considerable savings [25%], I was enticed to purchase it, thinking, despite the negative reports, I could use it as a travel lens on my A7ii, saving my primes for my A7Rii.
I was presently surprised. Mind you, this is not a great lens. In my opinion, it's not as good as the "five star" reviewers think it is, but on the other hand, it's better than the "pixel peepers" would have you believe.
Yes, it's soft in the corners, especially at 70mm. I've learned to mitigate this somewhat, when taking pictures of "flat" objects, like some architectural subjects [no, not brick walls], by moving the A7ii's flexible focus point to one of the corners. The distortion varies from pronounced barrel distortion, with a hint of mustache at 24 mm to pincushion distortion at 70mm. However, in RAW files, this appears to be completely correctable in Lightroom CC. Chromatic aberration appears to be quite well controlled. I used to own the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens and in comparison, CA was a real problem at all apertures and focal lengths and not always correctable. And central sharpness was, in my opinion, no better than the Sony which is half the weight. Yes, the Sony isn't as fast, but I'm into landscape and close up photography and I find that I don't miss the extra stop. On the other hand, the Sony's OSS, which the Nikon lacks, mitigates this issue. The Nikon 24-70mm did have very nice bokeh. The Sony's bokeh is acceptable and quite good, but not on a par with the Nikon.
At the price I paid, I'm completely satisfied with the lens. I think the big problem with the Sony FE 24-70 f/4 OSS is that the Zeiss badge, together with a relatively high price point elevated a lot of people's expectations. So I agree with those who claim that it's too expensive for what it is. In my opinion, it probably should have been issued as a "G" lens at a 15% to 20% lower cost. But having said that, now that I own the lens, I really like it for its compactness and versatility and, yes, it's relative sharpness. I can honestly say that I'm not in the least bit tempted by the new Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens at twice the price and weight. Now if Zeiss were to come out with a compact 200mm f/2.8 or f/4 manual focus loxia, well…

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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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4.0

Better than expected.

By Christophera

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Despite mediocre professional reviews of this lens, I have been pleased with it. The size, weight, and build quality cannot be faulted, and the IQ is quite good except at the edges. AF is fast and silent. This lens pairs well with my A7RII to create a versatile, compact package with generally excellent IQ.

 
5.0

Excellent portrait lens at a reasonable price

By Bill

from Concord, CA

Verified Buyer

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

The Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is an excellent portrait lens at a reasonable price. It is lighter weight than the 24-70mm f/2.8 GM series Sony lens at almost half the price. With the expanded ISO range on the newer Sony cameras the lower f stop is not really needed. I used it on my Sony A7RII camera and I am pleased with the results.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great as an all around lens

By Romantotherescue

from NYC

Verified Buyer

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

The 24-70 will give any photographer a really useful tool to capture great images. I'm using is with the A 9 so the aperture isn't that big a deal. Of course if you can afford it, get the better lens.

 
5.0

It has failed to disappoint me!

By May-Lynn

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

If you are on a budget and could only get one Lens, GET THIS ONE!! The reason why I say this is because I shoot everything landscapes, portraits etc. along with video. So no matter what situation I'm thrown into I know that I am pretty safe with this lens in my bag. The focal range really helps contribute to that. Even though f/4 isn't really known for it's stellar bokeh performance, it provides some pretty decent bokeh if you're wide open at f/4 and at 70mm. This lens is also pretty dang sharp when paired with my a7r2!

(0 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very bad lens

By Jack

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This lens is one of the worst I have used for Sony. Huge distortion, poor color. I would not buy it even for $500. Worthless.

 
3.0

Average quality for the price point

By Ryan

from North Carolina

Verified Buyer

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

Not the favorite lens I own, but the for the price point this lens quality fits.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sony lens

By Jimmy

from undisclosed

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

Good lens.

 
5.0

Must have for the e-mount Sony cameras.....

By George

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am an "enthusiast" in the photography world who always likes to buy the best equipment I can afford even if it is beyond what are my abilities. I switched over to the Sony A7 series after reading so many fantastic reviews and am extraordinarily happy with this system. I like to keep lenses native to system and selected the Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens as my general "all around" lens.

Wow! Fantastic image quality, nice compact size and good "feel" in the hand. I may upgrade camera bodies over the years as they are released but this lens is a "keeper".

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nice lens

By Shahrzad

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

its a great lens, but i dont recommend it for portraits, since its only f4 and you dont really get a blurry background out of it. but the 24-70mm range can really cover a lot of scenes that you want which is great. the image quality is really nice as well.

 
4.0

Really Clear Lens, need time to learn with camera

By Emery

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Really impressed with the clarity of this lens. Everything on it is electronic and works with the a6300 very well. But there is some use learning curve on it. Took me a bit of time to learn how to manual focus by pushing the button on the camera, same with the aperture control. I will have to go through the settings (probably the user manual as well) to figure out how to get it all working how I'd like and switch between automatic and manual functions faster. But once I get that cased I'm thinking this will be a solid investment for our organization.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens!

By Tiggervr

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is an excellent lens. I have shot some excellent pictures with it.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great lens

By Clark

from Miami, OK

Verified Buyer

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

used it the first time last week, and thought its quality was exceptional

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent balance of performance, price, weight, etc.

By bucktrends

from Chicago

Verified Buyer

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

This lens fits the bill for most of the landscape pictures I take while walking around, where a wide angle telephoto that doesn't require a tripod to use is the most common need. Yet, the f/4 aperture has worked well in relatively low light, the images are sharp, and the weight+size are reasonable for my desire to keep my gear light and manageable. So, for me, this lens is the best starter lens and worth the extra price compared to the usual "kit" lens option.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good lens

By Dan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I looked very hard at this lens as I'd read some critical reviews. The results mentioned in these reviews I believe are mostly due to the combination of the lens with the big sensor of the AR7II. This sensor gives one a closer look at any lens deficiencies. In the end, I decided it was as good or better than its Canon L-series analog.

I use this lens primarily for landscape and natural subjects. Used with the A7RII it focuses neither front nor back at both ends of its focal length. Construction feels solid for such a light lens and the controls work smoothly.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great all around lens for the A7sII

By Sherwin

from undisclosed

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

This is a great lens to have for the A7sII. And because of Sony's Clear Image Zoom, you can extend the range to around 100mm. I use it for video and the quality of the image is great. My only issue with mirrorless lenses is that it's not great in manual focusing due to its fly-by-wire focusing mechanism. It's not the greatest in video filming. I also think this lens should be cheaper.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great lens for the price!

By Audrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

My go-to lens for shooting weddings. If you aren't used to Sony lenses it takes a while to get the hang of the focus and zoom rings. Some slight vignetting at 24mm but overall a great clear lens for the price.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The right weight for the camera

By ahblank

from Brooklyn

Verified Buyer

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

I needed a camera that I could carry with me at all times. I got tired of lugging my Canon 5d M3 around the city and/or when I traveled. I decided on a the mirrorless Sony A7r II for its sensor size and its weight. I originally got the larger G series FE 24-70. That lens weighed almost as much as the camera. It completely defeated the purpose. I exchanged it for this lens. The systems portability really works for me now. As for the quality of the lens, I am not sure as I have only had it for a couple of weeks and not really put it through its paces. But from what I can see so far, I am pleased.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best

By Rodney

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Simply one of the best lenses. Super sharp, light, fast and very simple to use. Get it. You won't be disappointed.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

need a longer range lens

By Tim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

love it for close in photos

(2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Technical problem

By raoul

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

There is no control in the focus. When you move it slower it doesn't move at all.

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