Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 32
Rated 5 out of 5 by iAlpha A Lens Worthy of the Carl Zeiss Reputation
Simply put, this lens is truly remarkable. It delivers class-leading sharpness across a comfortable focal range. It is a great standard zoom for use on full frame DSLR bodies like the Alpha 900. It offers a very solid build quality and feel, not to mention the highest quality optics that are used in its construction which make it truly worthy of the Carl Zeiss name. The picture quality this lens offers is out of this world. It offers a smooth bokeh and handles well in low-light conditions. The SSM motor that is built into this lens makes Auto-Focusing lightning fast. As a passionate enthusiast photographer, it is easy to say that this lens one of the reasons that make me happy that I chose Sony's Alpha system of DSLRs. SONY's partnership with Carl Zeiss gives the professional photographer and enthusiasts outstanding creative abilities and image quality that can easily beat other brands on the market. Yet again Sony delivers an outstanding product !
January 26, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Unbiased Poor Bokeh and Sharpness!
Sony does not care about you as a customer and will give you time waisting run around until you give up!
This is not even close to a real Zeiss lens! It has beautiful Zeiss coatings, but the optics do not even come close from what you'd expect from a lens with Zeiss on it, even if it also says something else too ( i.e. Sony ) on it.
Sony makes great sensors, but they should stick to selling the sensors to Nikon ( Nikon makes amazing optics, which are WAY better than Sony ). Since Sony is only half committed to photography, what's the point? They make great TVs and other products, so why they are not committed to cameras? I don't get it. I guess I am very disappointed at how little that ANY Sony people I have talked to know about cameras.
This lens is only good because it is attached to a 24mp camera ( A850 ) for the price of a 12mp camera (Nikon D700), which only matters if you are going to enlarge more than 20x30.
Overall, I give Sony A850 + "Zeiss" 24-70 two thumbs down!
March 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by Mac44 Pro quality 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.
December 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by ElGueroMasLoco Great Quality but Costly
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).
January 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by skylar237 Shizznit
Carl Zeiss optics are the shizznit! i just made the transition over to digital. i own a few contax 35mm bodies and a few Carl Zeiss lenses for them. the SSM is really fast! the zoom barrel will not walk on you and the f2.8 speaks for itself. yes its not cheap but worth it!!
September 18, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5
by SONYholic A very heavy lens
A lens that you can shoot around but kind of heavy.
May 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mambo great, fantastic, nearly perfect lens that will forever be on my camera. No issues with IQ
November 9, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5
by Wahoops Love it!
Wow! I don't regret purchasing this "beast" at all. Worth the money!!!
April 30, 2012