Zeiss Sonnar T* 24mm f/1.8 ZA (SEL24F18Z) - Review / Lab Test
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published November 2019


We have to admit that there was a rather embarrassing gap in our list of Sony E-mount lens reviews - the Zeiss Sonnar T* 24mm f/1.8 ZA. It has been around for ages and it's probably what you'd call a lighthouse product in Sony's APS-C lens lineup. Lighthouse products are not only special regarding their characteristics but also their price tag. The Zeiss lens is available for just under 1000EUR/USD which is probably beyond what most APS-C users would be willing to pay. So let's see what you would get for your hard-earned bucks.

The first thing that you'll notice is the size of the lens (below compared to the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM). Reads - it's small and very light-weight and as such perfectly aligned to Sony's APS-C cameras. The build quality is excellent thanks to a tightly assembled all-metal body. That being said - there's no word about weather sealing in the spec sheet. Our test sample didn't come with a lens hood but normally a petal-shaped hood is part of the package.

The AF is very fast and essentially noiseless. Typical for most E-mount lenses, manual focusing works by wire.

Optical construction8 elements in 7 groups inc. 2x aspherical & 1x ED elements
Number of aperture blades7 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.16m (max. magnification 1:4)
Filter size49mm
Hoodpetal-shaped (bayonet mount, supplied)
Other features-
MountSony E (APS-C)

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