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Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA Lens for Sony NEX Cameras

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  • Employs the legendary "Sonnar" optical design for standout image dimensionality and presence
  • Seven aperture blades form a near circle, which results in a pleasing defocused effect on the background of your image when the aperture is set wide open
  • Allows for 1/4 macro shooting with accurate focus as close as 6.2 inches (16cm)
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows for direct manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes
  • Lens operation is fast but at the same time smooth and quiet, minimizing noise and image jitter when shooting movies

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005IHAI8O
  • Item model number: SEL24F18Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 23, 2011

Product Description

This is the first Carl Zeiss lens to be released in the Sony E-mount lineup, employing the legendary “Sonnar” optical design for standout image dimensionality and presence. A spherical lenses located on either side of the aperture effectively compensate for distortion, while an ED element suppresses chromatic aberration. The overall result is excellent corner-to-corner sharpness even with the aperture wide open, for impressive overall resolution.

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Photos really pop: very sharp and strong color.
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This lens makes me realize how much better a lens can be than those other lenses.
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Even with wide open F1.8 aperture, the extreme corners are still acceptable.
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116 of 120 people found the following review helpful By LGO on December 26, 2011
I pre-ordered this Zeiss lens very early on in August 2011. Getting this lens over a week ago, I wondered whether my implicit trust in Zeiss as implemented in a Sony E-mount is justified. I have used several excellent Zeiss lenses with my Nikon dSLR and wanted to give an auto-focusing version of one of its proven design a try with the Sony NEX-5N.

It is early days yet I am already inclined to give this lens a 5-star on account of its very good performance wide-open and even more, when stopped down to f/2.5 onward. The center is sharp wide-open and the corners improves visibly by f/2.8. Color, contrast and detail are all superb, while vignetting is minimal wide-open. This lens is very well-balanced and it is difficult to exaggerate how well this lens draws and renders an image. Clarity and acuity are immediately noticeable when transitioning from one of the Sony lenses to this lens.

The lens comes in a soft black bag and also comes with a hood that can be reversed into the lens for a compact carry. It takes a 49mm filter. Is the lens expensive? Do I want this lens to be priced less? Definitely. But as an owner of several Zeiss lens and knowing full well what these lenses can deliver, I cannot in good point claim that this lens is expensive. If anything, I would consider this lens as very good value. I could actually go farther in my praise of this lens but in this time of economic dislocation, it would be imprudent for me to say this so I will leave this praise where it is now.

If I am forced to look for a weakness in this lens, I would say that it exist in two areas. The first is that this lens is nowhere as small or as light as the Sony 16mm f/2.8. It is a fairly big lens and substantially increases the size of the NEX-5N when mounted.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Lars Milano on December 31, 2011
This is an optical masterpiece for NEX shooters. It stands tall above all the other currently available E-mount AF offerings in just about every category. It's priced accordingly, of course. But even if you're having reservations about spending $1k on a prime lens, consider the fact that this particular gem has the optical quality of modern Leica aspherical lenses that cost 3-4 times more. The all-metal construction and smoothness of the focusing ring exudes quality and remind me of precision-built pieces of jewelry from Leica, except this one will also auto-focus on an NEX body!

I am also a Nikon DSLR and Leica M9 shooter so my expectations were already sky high when it came to camera lens quality. This lens truly delivers. If you have an NEX-5N or C3 with the brilliant 16mp sensor or the resolution monster that is the NEX-7, your camera deserves this lens. Depending on what type of shooting you do, it may be the only lens you'll ever need. Ever since I received mine, it has not left my NEX-5N and when I finally get my grubby hands on an NEX-7, it will likely live in that body almost permanently as well. On the APS-C sensor, it is at the ideal "normal" focal length of 36mm for almost every type of photography. One can do landscapes, close-ups, portraiture, get nice bokeh, and improvise just to get about any type of shot with just this lens. If you don't mind the extra weight and size, it's the ideal walk-around lens for the NEX camera and even has an impressive close-focus distance of half a foot for a very welcome semi-macro capability. Lets face it, just about any quality lens will look and feel out-of-place in the very compact NEX bodies, so this is a small price to pay to get the amazing images it will deliver.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Phaseout on December 28, 2011
I'll start this by saying that there is not much to choose from as far as lenses go for the Sony NEX line. The Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 fills the void of a great walk around street shooting lens. From the minute you unpack the box you start to see why you just spent $1,000 on a prime lens for a NEX camera. It comes with a soft leather Sony pouch. The lens hood is a high quality metal and plastic combo. The hood can be reverse fitted but will obstruct the manual focus ring though. The lens itself is built like a tank. All metal construction with an excellent large, smooth, manual focus ring.

Now on to the photo quality. Very sharp at 1.8 and tack sharp stepped down at 2.8-4. The lens produces wonderful images. It has a certain look to the photos similar to what you find in Leica photos and the Fuji x100 and other rangefinders. The boheh is silky smooth. Easily as good if not better than bright Canon L primes. One additional feature of this lens is that it has surprisingly good macro capability. Very uncommon for short prime lenses. Can focus from about 6 inches away. Perfect for flowers and even insects if you can get in close.

The focus is ok. While it is fairly accurate, there is some hunting and misfocusing in low light but I expected this and its not much of an issue with the great manual focus ring. This is also more to do with the NEX cameras using contrast detection versus Phase detection.

The only other gripe I could have would be the size. This lens is fairly large and heavy for a short prime but does not feel off balance when you are holding it. It is significantly larger than the 16mm 2.8 pancake lens, but it is far superior in photo quality to any lens I have tried on a Sony NEX 7. This is a perfect partner for this camera or any NEX camera.
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