Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar ZA T* Carl Zeiss Alpha A DSLR Mount Lens

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About Sony 24-70mm f/2.8

This Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Bundle comes with: ProOptic 77mm Filter Kit, Adorama Cleaning Kit, ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether, Pro Optic Lens Wrap, 19in x 19in (530mm x 520mm), Black, LensPen #NMP1 and a New Leaf PLUS 3yr Lens Warranty ( $144.04 Value) and Shipping is free! .

The SAL-2470Z Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar f2.8 24-70mm Zoom Lens is a brilliant all-around performer-with SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) design for fast, silent auto-focus, pro-quality Carl Zeiss T coated optics to reduce lens flare and 17-element design with two aspherical and two ED glass lens elements to minimize distortion and virtually eliminate chromatic aberration. It also benefits from the Super SteadyShot image stabilization built into every Sony system DSLR-and its wide-angle to medium telephoto range and compact, lightweight design is ideal for a wide range of shooting applications (35mm equivalent: 36-105mm).

The Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Sports/action, Weddings and more.The Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (26),Strong construction (20),Consistent output (18),Durable (16),Rugged (16),Nice bokeh (11),Easily interchangeable (9)
Heavy (13)
Best Uses:
Low light (15),Weddings (14),Landscape/scenery (12),Night photography (9),Sports/action (9),General purpose (3),Landscape photography (3),Macro photography (3),Portraits (3),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8),Semi-pro photographer (5),Pro photographer (4)

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Features

  • Compact Design, All-Around Versatility: This superb 24-70mm zoom lens is an excellent choice for a wide range of photo applications - a lens you can put on and leave on, providing large-aperture brightness that's easy to carry (35mm equivalent: 36-105mm)
  • Superior Large-Aperture Performance: Like other large-aperture Carl Zeiss lens designs, this f2.8 24-70mm zoom lens is simply magnificent in its ability to capture brilliant high-resolution images in low-light conditions requiring fully open aperture
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization: A major reason for its compact, lightweight design is the benefit of Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization, built into every Sony a system DSLR - and enabling accessory lenses to eliminate the extra weight and expense of in-lens stabilization mechanisms
  • SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor): Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied
  • Carl Zeiss T Coating: Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss - and this superb lens features T (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces
  • Multi-Element Design: The SAL-2470Z is designed with 17 lens elements in 13 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 2 ED glass elements. Floating motion between the third and fourth groups of lens elements helps compensate for any aberrations caused by the zooming action of the lens
  • Glass-Molded Aspherical Lens Elements: These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass: Because light of different wavelength (or color) bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass is used in Carl Zeiss lenses to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Specifications

Focal Length
APS: 24 - 70mm (35mm Equivalent: 36 - 105mm)
Filter Diameter
Minimum Focus Distance
1'-1.8" (.34m)
x 0.25
Lens Groups-Elements
17 elements, 13 groups
Distance Scale
Distance Encoder
Aperture (Max.)
Aperture (Min.)
f/22 - 29
Aspheric Elements
2 aspheric
Lens Type
Standard Zoom
Dimensions (Approx.)
3-1/4" x 4-3/8" (83 x 111mm)
Weight (Approx.)
16oz (445g)
Sony 1 year limited warranty
Mfr #

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Exceptional results

I have had these lenses for almost two years now and let me tell you that they are the best for portraits. The results are sharp and detailed pictures with tons of clarity. At 2.8 you cannot go wrong. The only change I would do on the outside to make it cooler, just look at the other lenses Sony. Of course, this is minimum compared to the amazing results you can get. No wonder why this was a hot seller. Great results.

Reviewed by 25 customers


This is a Must have at all costs


from Antioch, IL  -  Pro Photographer

I rented this lens, because a shoot came up and I needed some superior images. I wasn't sold on all the type of the Zeiss lenses. I was have severe buyers remorse for buying my A65, as the images just haven't lived up to my expectations, and was seriously considering trading it in on a Canon. I got this lens and tested it out and the image quality, just screwing around was astounding, Great contrast, superior colors, ultra clear images with incredible detail. When I put it to task during my shoot it did NOT disappoint. The lens is almost TOO perfect. Was shooting some model portraits, and the lens easily picked up their generous use of makeup. lol The lens is HEAVY!!!, I'd be willing to argue it weighs real close to the same as my Sigma 170-500mm lens. I LOVED the focus hold button. Really comes in handy. Someone also shooting the event had a 5D mark3 with l-series lenses, and the image quality with the 24-70 beat those out. Very impressive lens. I never thought I would say this about a lens that cost almost $2k, but its worth every cent!!! The ONLY time the auto focus wasn't spot on was shooting Indy Cars at top speed, through a tiny window, where in one second there was bare track, and the next 1/10th of a second the farm was filled with a car whizzing past you at 190mph or more. had to switch to manual focus then and that fixed the problem, but it did the task a few times, but it did struggle.


As Advertised


from Nebraska  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens for my walk-abouts with an a77. It's heavy but the quality of pics makes it light when u download at the end of the day. Great color that pops out at you. Just an all around super lens. The 24-70mm meets most of my needs, and I find myself using the 70mm the most. Even at F2.8 the sharpness is there. U expect quality for the price u pay and u get it.


Defective but handled immediately


from Nebraska  -  Photo Enthusiast

My news lens was severely back-focused upon delivery. Sure I could have tried the Micro-Adjustment function, but at 2-grand I sent back. Adorama was nothng short of super during the whole return process. New one went out the door same day defective one returned. They were in constant contact with me with updates. As far the my new lens it is everything that has been written about them. There is no blue-sky in the descriptions of how the CZ 2470 performs. The guys who whine it's too heavy should get in the weight room. It's now my walk-about lens on the A77. Great lens with great color and sharpness

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Pro Zoom Lens


from Marietta GA

Yes, it's big and heavy. Yes, it's expensive. But you don't get first quality glass without making a sacrifice. I've used Zeiss lenses for over 40 years and this one hold up well against any of them. This is my normal working lens. It's as good as any top lens from any manufacturer.


I would buy this product again and again


from Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

After months of research decided to buy the lens. Never bought anything from Adorama but after a simple phone call I did not hesitate to make the purchase and I'm glad I did. The price was great, customer service was awesome and when I received the lens; I was happy about the packaging, condition and performence of the lens. Truly a great lens even though it's a little heavy but I like the rugged look of it. Overall a satisfied customer. Thanks Adorama!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Pro quality lens


from Geneva, IL

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.


Excellent workhorse


from Walnutport, PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The first thing that comes to mind when holding this lens is the epic quality of Carl Zeiss compared to Canon or Nikon. From the lens hood, to the focus/zoom ring action, to the super fast focus and finally cripsy/contrasty image output this lens is marvelous. I'm using this on my Sony A77 and soon A99 and it pairs wonderfully. I also have a SAL70200G for 36-300mm cropped range all @ a solid 2.8 aperture. In my opinion this lens with an A77 is hard to beat for any event coverage such as car shows, exhibits, expos, whatever the case may be this thing can handle it. Of course it can also handle portraits, fashion, landscapes and more. I would recommend this to anyone considering a 24-70 lens. If you can handle the weight/size of this beast then go for it... you will not be displeased in your purchase. I can only now wait until more CZ lenses are released including the 50/1.4. I may give up my Canon 5d mk ii / 50L combo and go full Sony... not sure yet! Only con would be that bokeh at 24-35 really isn't anything spectacular but then again 2.8 isn't going to produce that. Higher in the range you can get excellent headshots/portraits with smooth bokeh.


Better than my L Glass


from Glendale, CA  -  Pro Photographer

This lens is top of the line. It is sharp at f2.8 and gets tack sharp at f4. This lens is built like a tank, more solid that the Canon 24-70 L Glass. This lens is heavy. I use this lens for indoor and night photography with A900 bodies and wow. The color rendition of this lens is so beautiful. Carl Zeiss has hit a home run with this lens. If you can afford it buy it.


Solid Investment


from New York  -  Pro Photographer

This an excellent investment for a Professional who makes money from their trade. There are critical things that make a pro buy this Carl Zeiss lens over a cheaper Sony/Tamron version. CZ24-70 accurately nails focus in dark environments on a850/900, can be used wide open at F2.8, delivers outstanding detail and color and gives a wider angle coverage at 24mm. All these points may not be important for an amateur but are a must for a pro, hence the price tag. The only downside is the weight and size, it requires dedication and physical strength to work with it all day, but it PAYS BACK:)!


Expensive, heavy, but. . .


from Salmon Beach, Tacoma, Wa.  -  Photography Student

Perfect for walking in the woods!


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
RICHARD A  It's one of the sharpest lenses I've used, and focuses very quickly on my Sony Alpha A900. I'm very confident using it for critical mages, even wide open.
John C  How would this lens be on the new a7s?
JASON V  This lens LEA4 adaptor will work on the A7s but it will cause the setup to be very front heavy since the lens is a lot heavier then the camera body

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