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Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens - SEL24F18Z

Abt Model: SEL24F18Z | UPC Code: 027242830004
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Carl Zeiss Sonnar Optics/ Circular Aperture/ Smooth And Quiet AF For Video/ Large f/1.8 Aperture/ Direct Manual Focus/ 7 Groups, 8 Elements (2 Aspheric Surfaces, 1 ED)/ Black Finish
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Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens - SEL24F18Z

This wide-angle prime lens delivers superior corner-to-corner sharpness even at the f/1.8 maximum aperture, with minimum distortion. It also focuses as close as 16 centimeters, providing an unusual combination of close focus and wide-angle perspective for 1:4 macro photography. The 24mm focal length, equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm format camera, is an excellent choice for general shooting. Many photographers will be happy to leave this lens on their camera most of the time, especially since its f/1.8 maximum aperture facilitates handheld shooting even in challenging low-light situations.

Features:

  • Carl Zeiss® Sonnar optics
    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. Aspherical 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.

  • Large f/1.8 aperture
    The large f/1.8 aperture is an ideal choice for shooting interiors in low light, as well as for superb background defocusing. Despite being a wide angle lens, The SEL24F18Z allows for 1/4 macro shooting with accurate focus as close as 6.2 inches (16cm). The ability to get close to the subject enhances this lens’s ability to create beautifully defocused backgrounds while providing a strong sense of space.

  • Smooth and quiet AF for video
    Lens operation is fast but at the same time smooth and quiet, minimizing noise and image jitter when shooting movies. A linear motor used for focus drive contributes to low-noise focus operation, while a stepping motor built into the lens provides smooth, quiet aperture actuation ideal for movie shooting.

  • Circular Aperture
    The SAL24F18Z features seven aperture blades that form a near circle. This result in a pleasing defocused circular effect on the background of your image when the aperture is set wide open.

  • Direct Manual Focus
    Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows for direct manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes. In cases where autofocus has trouble locking onto the subject, or when the user wants to focus at a specific point, this feature enables fast and easy fine-tuning. This can be particularly useful for portraits as well as macro shots in which depth of field can be extremely shallow.

Specifications:

  • Aperture (Max.) : f/1.8
  • Aperture (Min.) : f/22
  • Filter Diameter : 49mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements : 7 groups, 8 elements (2 aspheric surfaces, 1 ED)
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 6.2" (16cm)
  • Aspheric Elements : 2 aspheric surfaces
  • Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Exterior Finish : Metal
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 36mm
  • Internal Motor : Yes (Stepping motor)
  • Maximum Magnification : x0.25
  • Mount Material : Metal

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 2-3/8"
  • Length: 2-1/2"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 7.09 oz
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

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  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens
 
4.8

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5.0

Great walking around lens!

By Tim at Abt

from Round Lake, IL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Street Views
    • Walking around
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

    The other reviewers are spot on. Their technical description of this lenses attributes are spot on.

    What I will add is that this is my go to street photography lens. I was a little leary as I really wanted a 35mm walking around prime lens.

    I am not disappointed at all. This is a perfect choice for that application. The clarity I get with this lens is amazing. Depth of field is stunning and the ability to get great bokeh on the fly shooting with aperture priority is awesome.

    If I need more bokeh or am shooting primarily close subjects, I'll swap in the sel55f18z, but if I have to leave the house with only one prime lens, it's this one!

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    5.0

    Excelent

    By Tali

    from Chicago

    Comments about Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

    Excelent for indoors...

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    (20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My favorite lens

    By Asiafish

    from Southern California

    Comments about Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

    What can I say, this is my favorite lens. I am a semi-serious amateur photographer with a fairly extensive kit built around an A77. My A mount lenses cover about 99% of anything I would ever want to photograph, including specialized lenses for portraits (Minolta 85mm 1.4) and Macro (Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro). What my A77 kit does not do well is travel light. I bought a NEX5n for casual use, but was dissappointed in the speed and characteristics of the kit lens, so the Zeiss 24mm was my first E mount lens purchase. What can I say, this is, quite possibly, the best lens I own. For general snap shots, street scenes, travel and group portraits it is the best lens of its type I've ever used, better even than the outstanding Sony 16-50mm F2.8 SSM I use on my A77. Colors somehow pop more, sharpness is perfect across the entire frame from F4, but even wide open 16X20 prints (I've made two) are gorgeous from corner to corner. This is an outstanding landscape lens but for its fairly narrow (full frame equivalent to 36mm) angle of view. I leave this on my NEX5n almost all of the time, and while I own and often will bring the 50mm 1.8 OSS on more casual expeditions, the Zeiss 24 is so good that I even use the NEX5n/Zeiss pair when I'm carrying my A77.

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    5.0

    Excellent lens especially for low light conditions

    By Underwater

    from Houston, TX

    Pros

    • Very fast lens, sharp!

    Cons

    • could be faster (f=1.4 or better!)

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

      Great lens, makes low light pics possible w/o flash which would spoil the whole atmosphere. Fits in underwater housings designed for the more familiar 18-55mm zoom.

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      4.0

      great lens at a price

      By jeff

      from philly

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer
      Site Member

      Pros

      • Consistent Output

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

      really great edge to edge sharpness. something i dont care much about. Great bokeh and can focus really close almost macro level. which i do care about

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      5.0

      Excellent lens, perfect on NEX 7

      By Captmatt

      from Homer, AK

      Comments about Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

      This is a wonderful lens, perfectly sized for Sony NEX 7. It lives up to it's Zeiss heritage showing great color, sharpness, bokeh and great handling. I know some complain of the size or cost, but show me another high speed 24 mm lens for APS cameras that is smaller or considerably cheaper. I think the lens cost is competitive with the competition, though camera prices in general have gotten quite high these past few years. Using proper technique and a good editing program like lightroom 3 or 4, this lens delivers outstanding results, probably best in class (yes, except for the $6,000 german lens). If you have high standards you won't be disappointed.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Dream Lens

      By Knute

      from Lebanon , NH

      Comments about Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

      Just a Wonderfrul Lens to Use , with Striking Images , and Matches the NEX Series Perfectly ! Great " Walk Around Lens " , and Low Light Images are Just Very Good ! Simple to Use , and Worth The Cost , in Just Plain Enjoyment to My Style of Photography ! R E Keay !

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      4.0

      Sharp, fast, expensive,

      By JuanL

      from Miami Beach, FL

      Comments about Sony 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

      If you have never used a prime lens before (meaning, a "fixed" lens that doesn't zoom) then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Be forewarned about the sharpness . . . If you are taking pictures of people, this lens is unyielding in its sharpness and may well surprise you and your subjects whose every blemish is captured. The lens has a fabulously shallow depth of field if you want to use the 1.8 aperture to blow out a background. Really. Search the web for some images made with this lens in those ranges and you will buy it. Resistance is futile. Carl Zeiss may be a bit more expensive but they didn't cut corners on the glass or build quality. It is excellent. Optically, you can't really do that much better than the f/1.8 - strong contrast, good color rendition, and very sharp even when shooting wide open but like others have mentioned in the reviews here it has some chromatic aberration/ purple fringing under harsh light transitions.. still within normal limits. I bought this lens and is the default piece of glass that I reached for when the quality of the shot "really matters." While I still think its a bit expensive and a larger than I would like. It has a quick, quiet & fluid auto-focus for video and large smooth focus ring with no markings. I would have preferred a "normal" 35mm focal length instead but the 24mm still suits me as an appropriate first "walking around lens" with Auto-Focus (to give to the girlfriend/family to take pictures etc). As to the build quality - it's built like the Rock of Gibraltar very sturdy. Comparable in size and quality as your standard zoom kit lens but just looks much better and is flat jet black. If you could only afford one lens, this should be the first one to buy even if you have to get the cheapest body. Very hard to find any wide angle decently fast glass even 3rd party legacy glass, so start with this and then maybe Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 ($50) for more tele, then go Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F/1.4 ($650) if you want to go all out and half the size of the CZ. But definitely I would skip for now the E-Mount 50mm ($300) as it can make framing shots a bit difficult and more a secondary lens. Just my suggestion! While I still have the 16mm I cant justify taking it out unless I'm trying to sneak in my camera somewhere Im not suppose to. Thats like leaving my Ferrari in the parking garage to save gas!

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