A real beauty with a bad reputation: FE 24-70/4 ZA

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mcslsk Veteran Member • Posts: 5,650
A real beauty with a bad reputation: FE 24-70/4 ZA
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For some reason, dpreview puts the review for this lens into the APS-C forum. Anyway. My first copy I bought used two years ago to use with the a7R2. After reading a lot of bad reviews about the lens (corner sharpness, QC), I was rather surprised to find that this lens delivers excellent results in terms of sharpness, micro contrast and colors. Its size and weight make it a perfect companion for the a7xx cameras. Sold my copy then for a 24-105/4 (which is also quite good), and then left Sony FF for a while. Now being back with an a7M3, I noticed that the price new was only €560 after rebate. So I ordered another one and must say: It does not disappoint me! Like the first copy, it give good sharpness, micro contrast and colors. If you pixel peep, sharpness is a little less in the extreme corners at 24mm. But for real life images at this price, the lens deserves a clear recommendation. Here are some sample images:

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Sony Alpha NEX-5N Sony Alpha NEX-6 Sony a6500 Sony a7 III Canon EF 135mm F2L USM +53 more
Sony FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T*
Zoom lens • Sony FE • SEL2470Z
Announced: Oct 16, 2013
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