This is a great lens with several different faces. On the A900 it is a superlative wide angle with very little distortion, extremely sharp and rich Zeiss colors. on the A700 this is a super walk-around 36mm equivalent. I sometime find myself wanting the extra reach I have on the Zeiss 24-70. And, I sometimes feel like making this lens something that it is not. During times such as these, I just switch lenses to something more appropriate.
July 16, 2012
Bought 3(three) not working samples.
Bought 3 SAL24F20Z.
1st one was an AF idiot. It hits everything but the target. I tried AF correction in my camera. But mistake is not linear. It differs with distance. Also this sample was very sharp and had beautiful picture.
2nd ones AF missed much lesser but it was not so sharp and still had 5 from 10 misses.
3d one missed 2 from 5 which is almost good. But it lacked crispy sharpness from 1st one.
Ive returned all three to my local dealer.
Guys you have to beat your QC to death with bare feet.
I am a pro sony user and i am very dissapointed with service and product quality. Shall I buy any new upcoming cameras? I am not sure.
June 17, 2012
This lens is an amazing wide angle prime, and with the SSM it can be a great 35mm type of lens on the NEX (has auto-focus now) or similar APC-C type of sensors.
I love the fact that it has a auto/manual focus switch on the side, as well as the hold focus button in the middle.
If you like the Zeiss lineup, this is a must-have.
October 20, 2010