Rated 5 out of 5 by Manusnake A beautiful and well-made all-around lens
This lens is exactly what I've wanted. It's a 36mm equivalent, opens at 1.8. It's the perfect walk-around lens.
Sharpness? Beautiful center at f1.8, beautiful everywhere at f2.8, perfect at f4. To get the same performance with Nikon, I,d have to pay twice the price to get the 35mm f/1.4 or 24 mm f/1.4. Both vein also A LOT heavier and bigger.
The Zeiss has a lot of personality. Images are very deep, with beautiful separation between front and back focus. I really love the character of this lens. Colors are also vey nice, especially the reds.
Is it pricey? Yes, compared to Sony other lens with are very affordable... In itself, it's a bargain!
February 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by mikethomas Best lens for the Alpha NEX Line.
Love is an understatement. Yes, you can take great shots with more the much more affordable 50mm f/1.8. Sure. And I did for about a year. But it kept haunting me. The 24mm (35mm equivalent on APS/C) was just so much more of a walk around lens, but with Sonnar T• Coating, Zeiss sharpness and distortion free edges. You can always get closer, yes with the extra emphasis on your presence. But just be less weird, you know? Smile. Be a part of the moment. This lens makes portraits and macros and medium shots so enjoyable to be a part of. The colors are poppy, the contrast is better, and most important the sharpness is astounding.
Yeah, though, there is that doubt with the a7 full frame lenses coming into play, but hey. That makes the APS/C even more affordable. The 24 MP promise is more than enough. Yeah I want full frame. But I feel confident with the affordability of this rig. Basically 2k price range gets you a complete set up. No bullish*t. No extras. And you don't have to worry about putting it on a drone. Just go, man. Go, go, go. But a UV filter on it and don't even think about it. It outperforms everything that costs three times as much and approaches a magical quality without spending all you got. That's worth $999 plus a sensor and body.
I love this rig. It fits in my hand and I could shoot almost anything with it. If there was ever one lens fits anything this is it. I think they could make a system out of this that had not interchangeability at all. I still have my lens bumping 1.4 50mm. My 16mm pancake, my 50mm 1.8 OSS, and my 16-70 zoom. I'm not selling any of that stuff. But I'd rather move my feet than swap 80 percent of the time. No lie.
This lens is the camera. I will never sell it, and it will be part of everything that is good about my craft from this point on.
July 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Captmatt Excellent lens, perfect on NEX 7
This is a wonderful lens, perfectly sized for Sony NEX 7. It lives up to it's Zeiss heritage showing great color, sharpness, bokeh and great handling. I know some complain of the size or cost, but show me another high speed 24 mm lens for APS cameras that is smaller or considerably cheaper. I think the lens cost is competitive with the competition, though camera prices in general have gotten quite high these past few years. Using proper technique and a good editing program like lightroom 3 or 4, this lens delivers outstanding results, probably best in class (yes, except for the $6,000 german lens). If you have high standards you won't be disappointed.
April 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by Underwater Excellent lens especially for low light conditions
Great lens, makes low light pics possible w/o flash which would spoil the whole atmosphere. Fits in underwater housings designed for the more familiar 18-55mm zoom.
August 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by UserNex7 Amazing IQ
I purchased this for my NEX 7 a year ago when there were no rebates. And it has stayed on the camera most of the time. Even when I do switch to a different lens, I cant wait to put this back. Compared to the other lenses I have used - 1855, 55210, 16F28 with Wide Angle this produces great color, is pretty sharp wide open and most importantly the images have character. They feel less electronic compared to the other lenses. Of course, there is a steep cost and the fact that A7R has been released and this lens covers only APS-C area will make me think twice about buying it today. However, I have had a great year shooting with this lens and can't wait to shoot more with the NEX 7.
December 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Asiafish My favorite lens
What can I say, this is my favorite lens. I am a semi-serious amateur photographer with a fairly extensive kit built around an A77. My A mount lenses cover about 99% of anything I would ever want to photograph, including specialized lenses for portraits (Minolta 85mm 1.4) and Macro (Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro). What my A77 kit does not do well is travel light.
I bought a NEX5n for casual use, but was dissappointed in the speed and characteristics of the kit lens, so the Zeiss 24mm was my first E mount lens purchase. What can I say, this is, quite possibly, the best lens I own. For general snap shots, street scenes, travel and group portraits it is the best lens of its type I've ever used, better even than the outstanding Sony 16-50mm F2.8 SSM I use on my A77.
Colors somehow pop more, sharpness is perfect across the entire frame from F4, but even wide open 16X20 prints (I've made two) are gorgeous from corner to corner. This is an outstanding landscape lens but for its fairly narrow (full frame equivalent to 36mm) angle of view.
I leave this on my NEX5n almost all of the time, and while I own and often will bring the 50mm 1.8 OSS on more casual expeditions, the Zeiss 24 is so good that I even use the NEX5n/Zeiss pair when I'm carrying my A77.
December 4, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by JuanL Sharp, fast, expensive,
If you have never used a prime lens before (meaning, a "fixed" lens that doesn't zoom) then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Be forewarned about the sharpness . . . If you are taking pictures of people, this lens is unyielding in its sharpness and may well surprise you and your subjects whose every blemish is captured. The lens has a fabulously shallow depth of field if you want to use the 1.8 aperture to blow out a background. Really. Search the web for some images made with this lens in those ranges and you will buy it. Resistance is futile. Carl Zeiss may be a bit more expensive but they didn't cut corners on the glass or build quality. It is excellent.
Optically, you can't really do that much better than the f/1.8 - strong contrast, good color rendition, and very sharp even when shooting wide open but like others have mentioned in the reviews here it has some chromatic aberration/ purple fringing under harsh light transitions.. still within normal limits. I bought this lens and is the default piece of glass that I reached for when the quality of the shot "really matters."
While I still think its a bit expensive and a larger than I would like. It has a quick, quiet & fluid auto-focus for video and large smooth focus ring with no markings. I would have preferred a "normal" 35mm focal length instead but the 24mm still suits me as an appropriate first "walking around lens" with Auto-Focus (to give to the girlfriend/family to take pictures etc).
As to the build quality - it's built like the Rock of Gibraltar very sturdy. Comparable in size and quality as your standard zoom kit lens but just looks much better and is flat jet black. If you could only afford one lens, this should be the first one to buy even if you have to get the cheapest body. Very hard to find any wide angle decently fast glass even 3rd party legacy glass, so start with this and then maybe Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 ($50) for more tele, then go Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F/1.4 ($650) if you want to go all out and half the size of the CZ. But definitely I would skip for now the E-Mount 50mm ($300) as it can make framing shots a bit difficult and more a secondary lens. Just my suggestion! While I still have the 16mm I cant justify taking it out unless I'm trying to sneak in my camera somewhere Im not suppose to. Thats like leaving my Ferrari in the parking garage to save gas!
January 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Katty An AMAZING Lens, worth every penny...
If you're like me, you'd tend to look around for images and video reviews on something before buying it, so... here is my Flickr link:
*EVERYTHING in the Photostream was taken with the SONY NEX-5N and Carl Zeiss, 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Lens.
:) Hope this helps!
March 2, 2012