Sony's Distagon T* 24mm F2 prime lives up to its Carl Zeiss branding with excellent image quality coupled with superb build and focusing. It's a highly accomplished performer on both full frame and APS-C cameras, even when used wide open. Its sole weakness is poor handling of flare when the sun is in, or just outside the frame, which is most problematic on full frame cameras. Overall though it offers arguably the most compelling blend of price, performance and features in its class.
Sony 24mm f/2.0 SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Lens
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“ It may be a stop slower than its Canon and Nikon rivals, but this does mean it's rather smaller and distinctly less expensive, and make no mistake it's fully capable of matching them optically.”
- 24mm focal length
- 36mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
- F2.0 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- 72mm filters
- 0.19m/7.48" minimum focus
- Sony Alpha mount for full frame and APS-C DSLRs
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||24 mm|
|Lens mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Aperture notes||rounded blades|
|Minimum focus||0.19 m (7.48″)|
|Full time manual||Unknown|
|Weight||555 g (1.22 lb)|
|Diameter||78 mm (3.07″)|
|Length||76 mm (2.99″)|
|Filter thread||72 mm|
|Filter notes||does not rotate on focus|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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Sony's Distagon T* 24mm F2 prime lives up to its Carl Zeiss branding with excellent image quality coupled with superb build and focusing.
Sony Alpha users looking for a wideangle lens with the best available image quality and low-light capability
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Use in inclement weather or especially difficult lighting
"Perfect" walkaround lens on a crop sensor. Perfect focal length, the bokeh is quite good forward and back, and it is fast and sharp even when the sun goes down. Very good overall "feel" on the a77. The focus ring is perfect in feel and throw, and with focus peaking a night of manual focus is fun shooting. This is one of my "rock and roll" lenses for shooting bands on dark stages. I usually shoot entire sets wide open with an excellent hit rate. At f/2, the focal plane is slightly wavy, so if ...