With just a few lenses available for Sony’s Alpha 7 and 7R cameras, this Carl Zeiss 24-70mm zoom lens is bound to be on the wish list of many owners. We find out whether the performance of the lens justifies its appeal
Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS review – Introduction
One of the few complaints about the new Sony Alpha 7 and 7R cameras is that there is currently only a handful of compatible lenses available. A key set of lenses was prioritised for the launch of the Alpha 7 and 7R, as they are for any new camera system, and in this instance Sony opted for a 35mm f/2.8, a 55mm f/1.8 and a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom.
Of these three initial lenses, the Carl Zeiss-branded 35mm and 55mm prime lenses impressed us when we tested the two new cameras. Both lenses were very sharp and could realise the full potential of the 36.4-million-pixel sensor in the Alpha 7R. The sharpness of these two lenses was in direct contrast to the 28-70mm zoom lens, which, although able to resolve a good amount of detail in the centre of the frame, was notably soft at the edges.
Potentially, the Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS zoom lens is what the early adopters of the new system have been waiting for: a standard-focal-length zoom that offers the flexibility of the kit lens, but with the sharpness of the two fixed Carl Zeiss optics.