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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
  • Maximum aperture (F): f/4
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Product Description

Sony Camera Lenses SEL2470Z

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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


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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Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00FSB79FU
  • Item model number: SEL2470Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at October 15, 2013

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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Charles on July 2, 2014
A lot of people want to criticize this lens as either a) no better than the kit lens (Sony 28-70 FE) that costs half as much or b) not up to the standard of the Zeiss prime lenses for full frame Sony E-mount (the 55/1.8 and 35/2.8).

Comparison to the Sony 28-70 kit lens:

1) In objective, reproducible testing under controlled conditions by DXOmark, the Zeiss 24-70 f/4 is better than the Sony 28-70. The lab tests show that the score of the 28-70 would be even worse if it didn't have very good sharpness in the center at a couple of focal lengths and apertures. There's nothing wrong with the 28-70, but it's not performing miracles for its price. It is certainly better than some of the cheap kit lenses that Canon and Nikon bundle with their digital SLRs, but those lenses are typically 50% less expensive than the Sony 28-70.

2) The superior optical performance measured does not account for the better color rendition of the Zeiss T* lens coatings on the 24-70. Lens tests are done at one frequency of light, so the color contrast is not measured. Zeiss T* coatings are well known for retaining the subtle differences between hues, lending vitality and a 3D realism to images. The 24-70 has this Zeiss lens character as is evident in the numerous examples online of photos taken with it.

3) The Zeiss has a much more usable 24mm wide angle. The difference between a 28mm and 24mm wide angle is significant. Working indoors, a 24mm really opens the field of view to encompass a room and capture the space. 28mm is much more constrained than the 4mm difference might suggest. Canon and Nikon have adopted 24mm as the standard wide angle on their professional zooms because it makes a significant difference in practice. The 28-70 simply can't compete.
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69 of 78 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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89 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Eric T TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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.

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

-: 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.

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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