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Sony 24-70mm F4 Vario-Tessar T* FE OSS Interchangeable Full Frame Zoom Lens

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  • Angle of view (35mm): 84°-34°
  • Minimum aperture (F): F22
  • 7 aperture blades
  • Focal Length: 24mm - 70mm
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SEL2470Z
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 24 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 70 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 95 x 73 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00FSB79FU
  • Item model number: SEL2470Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2013

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Full-frame Zoom Lens

This compact full-frame Carl Zeiss mid-range zoom lens covers a 24mm to 70mm range with a constant maximum aperture of F4, enabling consistent exposure settings at any focal length. This premium lens delivers superlative image quality with full-frame and APS-C E-mount cameras, and dust/moisture resistance means consistently reliable performance.

Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Full-frame Zoom Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Aspherical lens elements

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass

As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.

Aspherical lens elements

Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.

Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating
Lens-based optical image stabilization

Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating

Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss - and this superb lens features the Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces. The T* coating contributes to outstanding image quality, with high contrast and uniformly excellent resolution right out to the image edges. Not simply applied to any lens - the T* symbol only appears on multi-element lenses in which the required performance has been achieved throughout the entire optical path, therefore guaranteeing the highest quality.

Lens-based optical image stabilization

Gyro sensors built into the lens detect even the slightest movement, and the stabilization lens is precisely shifted to counteract any image blur that might occur. The use of precision, quiet linear motors and technology inherited from high-end Sony professional camcorders results in exceptionally quiet, effective image stabilization that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.

Additional Features

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.

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Second, its image quality is as good if not better than the 28 to 70.
Brian Matsumoto
I got this lens because I wanted an everyday zoom lens for my a7, but I did not want to go with the kit lens.
Uncle J
The construction of the lens is mostly metal, this quality of the lens is pretty good.
Frank Yu

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Uncle J on April 18, 2014
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I got this lens because I wanted an everyday zoom lens for my a7, but I did not want to go with the kit lens. So I decided to step-it-up to this newly released Zeiss. Like some of my other reviews on photography equipment, I'll try to provide a different perspective on my experience with this lens, rather than give you the typical review of its technical pro's and con's.

I've always had a special admiration for Zeiss lenses, I owned a couple of them before and there is something different about the way photographs are reproduced by a Zeiss. They just look special, unique, different. I wish I could better explain it, but after years of doing photography, and owning A LOT of lenses and cameras, I can honestly say that Zeiss lenses stand out when it comes to build, feel, look, and image quality.

Having said that, I don't particularly think that this Zeiss lens is one of the best ones I've used. Nope, this is perhaps my least favorite Zeiss lens. Why? well, it has all the ingredients that make a Zeiss, except there are a couple of things that do not allow me to give this lens a 5 star rating.

Here are MY reasons why I like and dislike this lens: But wait, before I begin I want to caveat something: as you read these, keep in mind that these are MY reasons and MY opinion, and you are likely reading this as part of your research to help you make a purchase decision. I've been doing photography for a very long time and I like to know technical details, but I think of photography as an art rather than than a science. Keep that in mind if you plan to comment and/or disagree with what I say...
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Donteverwonder on March 15, 2014
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After reading many mixed reviews of the Sony SEL2470Z Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS lens I decided to take a chance and purchase it from Amazon to use on my Sony A7r. You may read reviews with complaints of soft corners in pictures and slow focusing in low light. Depending on what your usage of this lens may be, this could be an issue for you. I use this lens for street photography and family photos. The pictures are very sharp and the OSS is a plus! I recently tested this lens at night and the results were very impressive. I also own the Sony Zeiss 55 mm 1.8 which is an unbeatable lens for the A7 cameras, but the Sony Zeiss 24-70mm is certainly no slouch. The build quality is solid and the focusing ring is incredibly smooth. If you are in need of a worthy wide angle lens for everyday use you will not be disappointed. Remember, photography is about expressing your creativity and your vision of the world. This lens can help you achieve this.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By E. J Tastad VINE VOICE on March 20, 2014
Update: This lens appears it might have been designed for Sony A7s (newly released 12 MP camera). This will be a perfect lens for that camera, corner issues most likely won't even be noticeable and the OSS will be excellent for video.

Pros
+: Well Built
+: Nice, easy to use hood
+: Good focal range

Cons:
-: Corners 24-35mm and 60-70mm (all apertures)
-: Vignetting correction of RAW leads to colored rings in some scenes (Can disable)
-: Focus is slow indoors with A7 or A7R
-: strong color shifts on edges uncorrected (visible while doing composition as well).

Bottom Line: The lens performs like a lens at half the price point, the 28-70mm is as good over shared range.

Review:
Before you get defensive on my rating, realize that I have tested maybe 100 lenses or more formally using charts and software. I realize charts don't paint the entire story, but I don't think the real world pictures were much different. This lens just doesn't stand up under scrutiny and doesn't really meet standards that I would consider a professional quality lens should meet. Consider this a very good build quality kit lens.

Sample variation does differ between lenses, and I have no reason to suspect that I had an inferior sample. A good copy of the 28-70mm should be nearly as good as this lens, especially when used at f/7.1 or f/8 where you are likely going to be using a lens.

I think where this lens is still good is if you want to use it at f/4, it doesn't really improve much beyond that, so if you would shoot wide open this is a good lens, but it isn't great landscape/travel lens where you would likely be shooting stepped down. My opinion is an f/4 lens should be good stepped down and an f/2.
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40 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Frank Yu on February 12, 2014
Since the shipment of this lens were delayed in the U.S., I paid a little more premium and purchased it directly from Japan.

The construction of the lens is mostly metal, this quality of the lens is pretty good.

I purchased this lens because I need the constant F4, plus the 24 mm on the wide end, which compare to the kit lens, the wide end is at 28mm.

The review is based on using this lens with Sony A7.

I am sure most of the photographers who are looking into buying this lens had done their homework from different website already.

We all understand that, the edge performance is not as good as Sony's 24-70 f2.8 A mount lens. The edge performance only got better at F5.6 and higher, till F16.

There are some hint of purple fringe in heavy contrasting background, but they can be easily fixed with Adobe Lightroom.

This is a great walk around lens, I am just not 100% sure if the picture quality gain is up to twice the price of the 28-70 kit lens.

Low light focusing is not as good as the kit lens or the 55mm f1.8. and the focusing speed is not fast either. 1 or 2 out of 10 shots the focusing just refuse to focus.

Focusing speed is okay during the normal daylight. But it is still not as fast as the 55mm 1.8 or the kit lens.

Since I only have this lens for 1 day, I will update my

Since I only have this lens in my hand for one day, I can't comment much on the overall performance but I will update this review if I have any new comments on this lens.
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