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Sony SAL-24F20Z 24mm f/2.0 A-mount Wide Angle Lens

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  • Bright, very high quality wide angle prime lens with large F2 maximum aperture.
  • Superior optical design with 2 aspheric elements and 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for minimised aberration.
  • Very close 0.19m minimum focusing distance for frame-filling close-ups.
  • 9-blade circular aperture for beautiful defocus effects.
  • T* coating on optical surfaces ensures higher light transmission with minimal flare and ghosting.

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DPReview Gold Award October 2010
It may be a stop slower than its Canon and Nikon rivals, but this does mean it's rather smaller and distinctly less expensive, and make no mistake it's fully capable of matching them optically.
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88%

Conclusion

Sony's Distagon T* 24mm F2 prime lives up to its Carl Zeiss branding with excellent image quality coupled with superb build and focusing.

Reasons to buy

  • Excellent image quality even wide open
  • Extremely well-built (solid metal barrel)
  • Fast, silent, accurate autofocus

Things to consider

  • Poor handling of flare when sun is in, or just outside the frame
  • No dust- or water-sealing

Suggested for

Sony Alpha users looking for a wideangle lens with the best available image quality and low-light capability

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Use in inclement weather or especially difficult lighting
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Product Description

Product Description

Bright, high quality wide angle prime lens with large f/2 maximum aperture Smooth, silent AF operation using high-torque SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) Superior optical design with 2 aspheric elements and 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for minimized aberration 7.5 (0.19m) minimum focus distance for close-ups 9-blade circular aperture for beautiful soft background effects T coating on optical surfaces ensures higher light transmission with minimal flare and ghosting Focus mode switch and focus hold button

From the Manufacturer

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Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM Prime Lens

Photographers who value a single-prime approach to general shooting will love this Carl Zeiss lens, as will those who appreciate the subtle but tangible quality advantage that a first-class prime provides. Use it indoors, on the street, or in the wild for images that can bring your artistic vision to life.

Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM Prime 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
Focus hold button
Distance encoder

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.

Focus hold button

Once you’ve adjusted focus to where you want it, pressing this button on the lens barrel will keep the lens locked to that focusing distance. The preview function can also be assigned to this button through the camera’s custom settings.

Distance encoder

The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.

Additional Features

Rear focusing elements

Only the rear groups of the optical system move to focus the lens, which allows for speedy AF operation and a shorter minimum focusing distance. Since the front of the lens does not rotate, operability is improved when shooting with a polarizing filter attached.

SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)

SSM is a piezoelectric motor that contributes to smooth and silent AF operation. The motor produces high torque at slow rotation, and provides immediate start and stop responses. It is also extremely quiet, which helps keep autofocusing silent. Lenses that feature SSM also include a position-sensitive detector to directly detect the amount of lens rotation, a factor that improves AF precision overall.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00440D7RA
  • Item model number: SAL24F20Z
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 13, 2010

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Franklin on September 25, 2011
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I was not expecting as much as I received with this lens. I had used the 24mm length on a Nikon film camera in the 80's and could never really "get it" with the length.

When I purchased this lens I was buying provisionally to see if I had the same difficulties as with Nikon's 24mm (24mm f/2.8) I previously owned. From the first photo session with the Sony Zeiss I was blown away. Within my first 100 or so shots with this lens, I came to view it as my favorite lens of all. Ever - and I have owned Pentax FA Limited, Canon L, Voigtlander SL, Contax G Zeiss, and the Nikon.

The optical quality becomes very obvious immediately. The color and scene rendition are absolutely gorgeous. The way it "draws" is magical. All of the usual optical lens weaknesses are well controlled in this lens. It is a lens that is so good it feels like you are relatively cheating regarding resulting keepers.

The build quality and autofocusing are superb on my A850 full frame camera. The petal style plastic lens hood is surprisingly cheap for a Zeiss lens offering but it does work well.

This is lens magic in the best sense of Zeiss lens tradition.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Photo/Video Gearhead on November 16, 2010
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The Sony/Zeiss 24/2 lens is small and lightweight when compared to the other Carl Zeiss lenses for Sony, and provides excellent sharpness in the center and the corners of a full-frame image. Relative to the Sony/Zeiss 16-35/2.8 lens, I find its colors to be a bit cooler. Compared to the Minolta 24/2.8 lens, the Sony/Zeiss 24/2 is much sharper and provides better contrast. An informative comparison of these three lenses, as well as to the Minolta 17-35/3.5G, may be found at the artaphot dot ch site.

Although the Sony/Zeiss 24/2 lens appears to be expensive, its price should be considered relative to the prices of the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM Prime Wide-Angle Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras and Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S ED DSLR NIKKOR Lens which are considerably more expensive, as well as to the price of the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras which is somewhat more expensive than the Sony/Zeiss 24/2 lens.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jjtarqad on January 9, 2012
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I had from reading other reviews great expectations about this lens, and it has met them to the full. It is a rare lens has the degree of resolution, color, bouquet, contrast, and overall performance that this lens has. I was in a bind whether to buy the 16 to 35 zoom lens for my Sony Alpha 850, and after acquiring the 24 mm lens I believe I made the right decision. More light, closer focusing distance, and I believe a slight edge in performance that makes a positive difference for me, even assuming the limitations of a fix lens contrary to a zoom.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Jonez on February 22, 2012
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The Sony SAL-24F20Z 24mm f/2.0 A-mount Wide Angle Lens is everything you could hope for. I purchased it for my Sony a55, and due to the sensor configuration on the Sony, you must multiply by 1.5 to find how the lens will perform on the non-full frame camera body. This lens becomes a 36mm equivalent wide angle lens on the a55. (Had I purchased a 50mm lens, the camera turns it into a 75mm, which was what I didn't need.)
I had really wanted Zeiss glass, and the 28mm is all they make, not a 35mm, nor a 50mm for this camera. I decided to learn to shoot with the 36mm window on the world, and I am not looking back. There is a learning curve on a prime lens, especially if you are like me - I had been shooting the Sigma 18-250 zoom, a fine lens in it's own right. Now, my two lenses that travel with me are Zeiss, the other is their Sony 85mm (127.5mm on the a55). I will take a few months to shoot these lenses and return to update the reviews.
My first take on the 28mm is wonderful, the lens is almost too sensitive, focus with these is an art. The lens gulps so much light I now routinely take the camera out at night, which opens up a new world. The field of view with the 36mm equivalent is very useful, had it been a true 28mm, it may have been too wide-angle. Alpha owners do not yet have a huge Carl Zeiss selection of primes, so do not be afraid to lay down the serious cash it takes to own one of these. By stepping over the line to own a Zeiss lens, you are taking your hobby to art status. Life is too short to wonder what you might be able to do...
Update 8/14/14 - Owning the 24mm and 85mm Zeiss lenses has been an education for me. Both lenses are built for taking images of people, the skin and eyes are as real as they can be. Zeiss glass is amazing, if heavy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gene on November 22, 2013
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I'm a Sony user. Alpha 77. This is a great lens on the A 77. Zeiss lens...so much could be said, except exceptional glass. Anyone looking for a lower price Zeiss lens will appreciate its functionality.
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