Sony Zeiss 24mm - What is so special?

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jefenator Senior Member • Posts: 2,858
Re: Sony Zeiss 24mm - What is so special?

IME the SEL24 brings a few things to the table.

For starters, there's speed. Folks will pay a real pretty penny for that extra stop and a third over 2.8 and I can see why - I really enjoy having the extra speed and shallow focus depth. (I love the Sigmas too but f/2.8 does seem a bit workmanlike, especially in a normal-range prime...)

Then there's the character. I find the SEL24 has great personality with lots of "snap". There's some contrast and vitality that my legacy 24s don't seem to have, along with an organic quality the Sigmas don't quite have.

I'd say the Sigma 30 is slightly more clinically sharp but the SEL24 is still great.

The build quality is worth something, and don't forget the close focus capability.

Would I like to see it go for less? Sure, but compared against other good fast wide primes for other systems, I think the price and size point is actually not too bad.

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