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Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA E-mount Prime Lens
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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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Devices||Sony NEX-5N, NEX-7|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ALC-SH114|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)|
|Included Components||Lens Caps - Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts|
|Item Dimensions||2.48 x 2.48 x 2.58 inches|
|Item Weight||0.49 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.16 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||24 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||8|
|Number of Groups||7|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.9 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA Wide-Angle Prime Lens
This high-performance Carl Zeiss wide-angle prime lens delivers superior corner-to-corner sharpness even at the maximum F1.8 aperture. It also focuses as close as 16cm providing an unusual combination of close focus and wide-angle perspective. The 24mm focal length is an excellent choice for general shooting.
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
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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you do not mind using "Foot Zoom" this lens has AMAZING quality perfect for everyday shootingPublished 3 months ago by Gaterguy23
wonderful piece of glass. at a6000 it focuses super quick, image quality is lovely, characterfull. better than highly reviewed olympus 25mm f1.8 and 45mm f1. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Oziii
Ok, this is a great lens. But the prices where Sony is going with their gear, and sizes of these lenses for NEX is crazy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MysticJaguar
Wow, this is an amazing lens!! I also have the Sony Sel35f18; while the 35 mm is very sharp, the color rendering and contrast of the Zeiss is noticeably better. Read morePublished 7 months ago by W. Wong
I had this lens for about 1 year and it was my main and only lens for the Sony NEX-5n. If you're looking for a 35mm focal length then this is going to be a great option for you. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miltz
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If you can afford it - get it ! Wonderful Lens; if you're committed to APS-C E-Mount, then this is a great investment. If you're considering moving to full frame, then hold off. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael J. Brady
What a great lens. I am currently using it for my Sony A6000, and the photos are so crisp and clear. That 1. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sharon