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Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS



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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.

  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Diaphragm Blades: 7
  • Weight: 426g
  • Max diameter x length: 73mm x 94.5mm
  • Min Aperture: f/22
  • RRP: £1,049
  • Max Aperture: f/4
  • Focal Length: 24-70mm
  • Mount: Sony FE
  • Minimum focusing distance: 40cm

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