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Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens - SAL2470Z

Abt Model: SAL2470Z | UPC Code: 027242694255
$1998.00  
Superb image quality/ Carl Zeiss® T* Coating/ 17 elements In 13 Groups/ SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor)/ Convenience without compromise/ Focus Hold Button/ Black Finish
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Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens, Mode SAL2470Z

If you insist on prime-lens image quality but envy the convenience of a variable focal length, here's a lens that brings the best of both worlds together. For many discriminating photographers it is a lens that will stay on the camera most of the time. Its extraordinary sharpness and contrast are fully retained at all focal lengths and apertures. You'll feel and see legendary Carl Zeiss quality in every shot.

Features:

  • Superb image quality
    Two ED glass elements and 2 aspherical elements help reduce chromatic aberration throughout the focal range.
  • Carl Zeiss® T* coating
    The legendary T* coating from Carl Zeiss makes it possible to design complex optics by reducing internal reflections on multi-element lenses minimizing flare and allowing for higher contrast. The result, significantly improved performance throughout the entire optical path.
  • 17 elements in 13 groups
    The specially designed grouping of elements includes a floating design between the 3rd and 4th groups allowing for excellent compensation of various aberrations caused by zooming.
  • SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
    Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.
  • Convenience without compromise
    For those that insist on the quality of a large aperture prime, but want the convenience of a variable focal length, this is a lens that brings the best of both worlds. The large F2.8 maximum aperture is maintained throughout the focal range of 24mm - 70mm.
  • Focus Hold Button
    Focus mode switch and focus hold button offer precision focus control.

Specifications:

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type: Standard Zoom
  • Aperture (Max.): f/2.8
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22 - 29
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): APS: 24 - 70mm (35mm Equivalent: 36 - 105mm)
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 17 elements, 13 groups
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1' 1.8” (.34m)
  • Aspheric Elements: 2 aspheric
  • Distance Encoder: Yes
  • Distance Scale: Yes
  • Lens Weight: 2 lb. 3 oz (985 g)
  • Magnification: x 0.25

Convenience

  • Removable Flash Media Compatibility

In the Box

  • Front and rear lens cap
  • ALC-SH101 Petal lens hood
  • Lens carrying case

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 3-1/4"
  • Height: 4-3/8"

Approximate Weight:

  • Shipping: 2lb

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details

 

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Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens
 
4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

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As Good as It Gets

First, let's address some complaints from other viewers. (1) It's heavy. Yes, like any essentially 3X, full-frame zoom with built-in motor that maintains f/2.8 across its full zoom range, it's...Read complete review

First, let's address some complaints from other viewers. (1) It's heavy. Yes, like any essentially 3X, full-frame zoom with built-in motor that maintains f/2.8 across its full zoom range, it's heavy. Weight should not be a surprise; it's right there in the specs in black and white. (2) It's expensive. It's expensive for precisely the same reasons that it's heavy. It's actually cheap for what it is. Check the prices on Zeiss lenses for other cameras. Zeiss has been getting those prices for decades because Zeiss optics, along with Leica, are the absolute best there is. Furthermore, it's a good investment: you can get your money back in 10 years if you want. This particular design is selling so well that they are often out of stock at places like B&H, who sells to the pros. (3) It has barrel distortion. I say not enough to notice unless you're testing for it. (4) Vignetting on full-frame shots. I say not enough to notice unless you're testing for it. (5) Lens flare. Less than on any other zoom that Ive owned.
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The fact that Alpha SLRs had these lenses as an option was one of the big reasons I decided to go with Sony DSLRs. I had had Zeiss lenses on my Hasselblad for 20 years. (Check the prices on those!)
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From a practical user's perspective, this is a great lens for everyday use. The f/2.8 over the full zoom range means great performance in low light. It is as sharp as a high-quality prime (non-zoom) lens. Its contrast is also more like a high-end prime lens. It focuses instantaneously. It's dead quiet. It's built like a tank, but to very tight tolerances, which you can literally feel when you compare directly to other lenses..
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If you carry this lens on your camera, people will ask if you're a pro, which isn't necessarily good. The lens makes your rig look expensive, which also isn't necessarily good. Its weight is enough that you won't carry it unless you plan to use it. It's not a "just-in-case" kind of thing.
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I use the lens on an A850 and an A550. I bought it when I bought my first Sony DSLR, which was the A550. In spite of the fact that there are smaller-lighter-cheaper lenses for an APS-C camera, I never once regretted buying this lens. I took it with me to Europe for three weeks, even though I had a very tight weight budget, had only the A550, and had a smaller and lighter, wider-zoom-range, DT lens. When you see that very special shot opportunity, you know that with this lens, you've got the absolute best going for you. Every time you get home and blow up those shots on a big monitor, you are reminded of what it really is worth. It is capable of making every pixel count on every full-frame shot. It may well be the best performing DSLR zoom lens made.
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If I had an APS-C camera and was sure I would never own a full-frame camera, I might hesitate. This begs the question of how you could know youd never own a full-frame, especially if youre the kind of person who would consider this lens. The fact that youve read this far means that youre very serious about your photography, and the fact that youre at least willing to entertain this cost means youll own a full frame camera sooner or later if you dont already!
Good shooting,
Tim Naff
P.S. If you don't know what is meant by APS-C and DT lenses, please read up before investing heavily in optics. DT lenses are smaller, lighter, and cheaper, and tend to have wider zoom ranges than full-frame lenses like this one. They just don't work effectively with full-frame camera bodies.

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Poor mechanical assembly

Poor mechanical assembly. Far cry from expected ZEISS lens quality. At full focal length extension front barrel loose and noisy. Sony unable to repair it and returns it without a comment. Diaphragm assembly...Read complete review

Poor mechanical assembly. Far cry from expected ZEISS lens quality. At full focal length extension front barrel loose and noisy. Sony unable to repair it and returns it without a comment. Diaphragm assembly asymmetrical. First unit returned for exchange after glass chip found inside the glass assembly. Awaiting second repair repair attempt results. Lens shade disintegrated on light impact. Image quality to price ration poor.

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5.0

Excellent Pro Zoom Lens

By RedJack

from Marietta GA

Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

Yes, it's big and heavy. Yes, it's expensive. But you don't get first quality glass without making a sacrifice. I've used Zeiss lenses for over 40 years and this one hold up well against any of them. This is my normal working lens. It's as good as any top lens from any manufacturer.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pro quality lens

By Mac44

from Geneva, IL

Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

Just fantastic, this lens is extremely impressive. When used with an a65, a77 this lens is king. If you are a pro looking for a good mid zoom lens this is it. I wouldn't recommend it for portrait shots but it is pretty versatile. This is a great choice for a rental lens because it is a little expensive for most of us to buy. renting it is probably a good choice if you know what period of time you might use the lens for. The images I uploaded might help you to see the clearity of this lens. One image is the complete image taken at night at 400 iso with a sony a65, with a long exposure. And the other image is a 1:1 of that shot. So this helps you see the actual quality retained by the lens.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding workhorse

By topher

from Costa Rica & Toronto, Canada

Pros

  • Very tough, sharp, good contrast, good CA control

Cons

  • Vignetting

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

    I took the plunge with Sony and the A850 & A900 bodies in 2009/10 after decades with Nikon (D2x). As a full-time pro, with 4 kids and being a single income family the D3x was out of my range (due to the financial crash) and I needed 25mp fast for a ongoing print retail project. This lens, with the A850 and A900 bodies, has fed my family for the past 3+ years without a hiccup. I shoot for mid-level ad agencies and travel North America. Not once has an art director questioned my choice of Sony and the 24-70mm. I also shoot stock for the usual suspects and do very well with my Alphas and this lens in particular. I might need another one soon as my present one has taken a beating - but keeps on ticking. Furthermore after being intimate with Nikon service for years I have yet to need the services of Sony repair - and yes my frame counts are very high. i am not a plant. I am real, an old pro making a living!

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    5.0

    Solid build, fast AF, beautiful images

    By KNewman

    from New York, NY

    Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

    This is the finest AF zoom lens that I've ever owned. It's heavy, but I use it as my primary lens due to the versatility and quality. I would purchase it again without hesitation. You won't be sorry if you buy this, except if you're climbing Mount Everest and need to carry as light a pack as possible! This lens is heavy!

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    5.0

    Love it!

    By Wahoops

    from Central City, NE

    Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

    Wow! I don't regret purchasing this "beast" at all. Worth the money!!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By Sabs

    from mid west

    Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

    I have used this lens for over five months and it rarely leaves my camera. This is a great lens to walk around and take your picture perfect photo. Although this is a zoom lens, the quality of photos is breath taking. The only down side to this lens is the weight; however, the weight is worth the pictures that it takes. The lens is great at taken pictures at night and indoors. I have many friends and family members that choose the pictures I take with this lens to print. I know this lens is expensive, but the old saying is very true, you get what you pay for and this is worth it.

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    5.0

    Great Quality but Costly

    By ElGueroMasLoco

    from Thousand Oaks, CA

    Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

    I bought this lens as an upgrade from the SAL-1680Z, which I gave to my wife. Compared to the 16-80, this lens is slightly sharper, with slightly better color, slightly better flare control, no vignetting, and no distortion (although it's not as wide as the other Zeiss' 16mm). The SSM focus is faster and quieter, and the build quality is better overall. How do I know this? Because sand got kicked into the 16-80 and it pretty much ruined it (Sony wanted $550 to repair it, our local guy is doing it for $170). Meanwhile, the 24-70 just got back from a very sandy trip to the desert, as seen in my attached pictures, and still works great. Sand was everywhere; on the lens, in the camera bag, in the air -- the camera and lens even took a tumble off the tripod and survived just fine. That tells me the tolerances are tighter. As far as image quality goes, the difference between the two lenses is only marginal. I do like the faster 2.8, which came in very handy in a no-flash situation at a dark concert. Another significant advantage for the 24-70 is the rich bokeh, which rivals any prime lens. However, for landscapes and in bright settings, the cheaper lens will perform almost as well. The downsides to this lens are of course its very high cost, its weight (a sacrifice for quality) and its sheer size. I don't look forward to hauling this baby on my next trek in the mountains. The 16-80 is a great travel lens because it's relatively lightweight and small, with a great range. The 24-70 is less versatile, heavier and much larger. Yes, you will get the best pictures possible on a Sony camera with this lens, and that's why I bought it, but for the money, the 16-80 is just as good, if not better (just buy the insurance).

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    (9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional results

    By Karlthereviewer

    from Boca Raton, FL

    Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

    I have had these lenses for almost two years now and let me tell you that they are the best for portraits. The results are sharp and detailed pictures with tons of clarity. At 2.8 you cannot go wrong. The only change I would do on the outside to make it cooler, just look at the other lenses Sony. Of course, this is minimum compared to the amazing results you can get. No wonder why this was a hot seller. Great results.

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    5.0

    Exceptional results

    By Karlthereviewer

    from Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    • great for portraits

    Cons

    • Wish it look fancier on the outside

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      Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

      I have had these lenses for almost two years now and let me tell you that they are the best for portraits. The results are sharp and detailed pictures with tons of clarity. At 2.8 you cannot go wrong.
      The only change I would do on the outside to make it cooler, just look at the other lenses Sony. Of course, this is minimum compared to the amazing results you can get.
      No wonder why this was a hot seller. Great results.

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      5.0

      Must have

      By Ocular

      from Eustis, Florida

      Pros

      • crisp focus
      • Excellent build

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom Camera Lens:

        I've had this lens for 1.5 years and love it. This lens is perfectly balanced with my A900 and provides quick, quiet and accurate performance making it a pleasure to use. I've used this lens along the rocky coasts of Okinawa, the humid swamps of Florida, the icy cold of winter in the Utah canyons and other extremes of environment and it performed flawlessly. I thought the weight would be an issue, then I saw my pictures and decided the weight was a minuscule issue compared to the quality of the images I bring home. If you're serious about photography then this is a must have lens.

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