Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA Lens (NEX E Mount)

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Key Features

  • 24mm focal length
  • 36mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
  • F1.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • 49mm filters
  • 0.16m/6.30" minimum focus
  • Sony E mount for NEX interchangeable lens cameras

Product Description

The Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA is a premium lens for Sony’s NEX cameras, which offers a moderate wide angle view. It’s relatively large for a prime, and pricey, but it’s extremely well made and offers very good image quality. The internal focus design employs a linear stepper motor, allowing silent focusing during video recording.


Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 24 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Maximum aperture F1.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes Circular aperture
Elements 8
Groups 7
Minimum focus 0.16 m (6.3)
Maximum magnification 0.25×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Unknown
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 225 g (0.50 lb)
Diameter 63 mm (2.48)
Length 66 mm (2.58)
Colour Black
Filter thread 49 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code ALC-SH114
Tripod collar No


User Reviews

4.33333 out of 5 stars
  • JacquesBalthazar, Aug 28, 2012 GMT:
    Great performer with large footprint

    After six months, it has become clear to me that the Nex 7 + 24mm combo provides superb imaging performance at the cost of a footprint that negates the unique selling point of a small size mirrorless system. The lens is very well made and nicely finished. Focus ring is smooth, and AF is fast and silent. It can be used wide open without hesitation, and, in the right setup, f1.8 provides a "sufficient" level of subject/background separation, with nice bokeh. Of course, not as clear cut as using ...

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  • Raw Muscle, Mar 2, 2012 GMT:
    Short & Sweet

    This lens has not come off my NEX since it went on (apart from when I took some WA HDR shots down by the sea) I love the lens so much I am now debating whether to sell my LA-EA2 + Sigma 17-70 + Sigma 10-20 and just run with Zeiss lens and maybe buy the SEL50F18 if I need slightly longer focal length when it's out. If I there was a law stating I could only own one lens for my NEX, then this would most certainly be the one, I absolutely LOVE the lens. Problems: If only it had OSS, but then it ...

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  • ThreeHills, Jan 21, 2012 GMT:
    Excellent Nex Lens

    I got this for the NEX C3 and have been thoroughly impressed. I have found it very sharp, even at 1.8 and the bokeh and color rendering are quite good, much better than the kit which seems muted for some reason. It is built very well which you would expect for the price. Good balance and weight, smooootthhh focus ring. Would absolutely buy again. Problems: Image stabilization would be nice but would add weight and cost most likely. CA can be a little harsh if overexposed by much. Not a cheap ...

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  • Yeti Poacher, Apr 7, 2014 GMT:
    All-in-one lens for a Sony E-mount

    As another reviewer stated, I too have not taken this lens off my NEX-5N since I acquired it a month ago. It retains decent sharpness at f1.8 but of course is best when stopped down. The bokeh is nice and the colors that it provides are fantastic. The build quality is solid - the focus ring is very smooth and it has a nice weight. It is physically long for a 24mm but that is due to the lens design. It can do it all - landscape, everyday street photography, portraits and even some decent ...

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Questions & Answers


Low Light

Hi, I recently purchased an a6000 to mainly shoot videos and secondly to take photos of my newborn daughter. Since most of the videos/photos I took were indoors, I noticed most of pictures were taken under 3200 ISO and rarely anything lower than 1000 ISO. I am using the 16-50 kit lens and am consider buying a faster prime lens, either the 24mm f/1.8 or the 35mm f/1.8. These lenses are quite heavy however so I am also considering the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4, but it is manual focus and I'm not sure how difficult it would be to use for videos. What are your opinions on the lens selection or what would you do in my situation? I do have an external flash unit but I don't want to be using it until she is a little older. Thanks, Michael Lin

tdashmike asked
2 months ago


I wouldn't call the SEL35F18 heavy. I use it my NEX-6 and I've never noticed any extra weight compared to the 16-50. The manual lens will be OK for a newborn but your gonna want AF when she starts running around. Continue Reading

Pixel Pooper answered
2 months ago

How about you read OP's post about how he's taking video AND photos, before getting all snide? Continue Reading

SmoothGlass answered
2 months ago

you will probably want to close down the aperture to get a better depth of field. I usually shoot my son inside with about 1.8-2.2 at least a few feet away. The bigger aperture rocks since you can always close it down. Continue Reading

val1 answered
2 months ago


Attempting to verify the sharpness of my new (used) Zeiss 24mm prime

I would appreciate it if some of the experts here could analyze these shots, and let me know if necessary if I'm not doing this test correctly. I took these photos on a tripod in A mode, RAW, DRO turned off, and converted to JPEGs using Sony's RAW software. Camera was about 5 ft away from the whiteboard I put the targets on. Please ignore the tally marks. One thing I'd like to point out is the center sharpness seemed to be equal on the Zeiss and my 1650 kit lens (I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing?) Zeiss 24mm @ f1.8 Zeiss 24mm @ f8 Zeiss 24mm @ f14 Comparison of center. I used manual focus with focus peaking; could my focus be off in the second shot?

7 months ago


I think your lens is good. It is uniform, meaning no corner seems better or worse than others, so no decentering. 16-50 vs 24mm center sharpness when stopped down (f8) is normal to be equal (it is corners and edges where 24mm should outperform 16-50). I noticed a spot showing on f14 on right upper side - can you shoot same white wall at f22 - it should be more visible. Probably a dirty spot or something. If AF is silent and quick - your copy seems fine. Continue Reading

smallLebowski answered
7 months ago

I personally don't rate this kind of test much. Just a plain white background, indoors with poor lighting has no detail or texture. Why don't you just set up something with some good daylight illuminating the scene. Pets are actually very good because their hair can really show the fine details you are looking for. Continue Reading

Riquez answered
7 months ago

It's dark outside now so I had to use a daylight lamp, but here's the Zeiss at f22. Some spots visible. Exterior of the lenses appear to be completely clean as far as I can tell. Continue Reading

justincarlson answered
7 months ago

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