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


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?

4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago


Panasonic GM1 compared to NEX-5R. Should I consider switch?

New Panasonic Lumix GM1 seems very interesting. I am thinking if I should switch from NEX to GM1... I have Sony NEX-5R with SEL 35mm f1.8 and SEL 18-200LE. 35mm is what I normally use. However, I would like something more wide and better for close-ups. Zeiss 24 mm would be ideal, except the price and size. Small size is important to me: I want to take camera with me for my business trips here in Europe. These are usually short trips, 1-2 days. I need to travel light with hand baggage only. During business trips I am able to take photos only in evenings. So good low light performance is a must. Because Zeiss 24mm is so expensive, I was thinking other options. Then I noticed GM1. I am most interested in GM1 kit having both 12-32 and 20mm + handgrip. How would the image quality be compared to my NEX, I suppose no big difference? Is GM1 with 20mm on par with NEX-5R+SEL35F18 in low light? Size. I haven't been able to see GM1 live yet. But based on what I have read and seen on web, camera ...

oorraine asked
8 months ago


Hi I so not have the NEX, but I have the GM1 and EM-5 so can make some observations. Honestly, I think sticking with what you have and getting the lens you want and need is the better option for you. The GM1 with the kit lens and the 20mm and 45mm for low light is great, but it is a 2nd body for me and I can step up to the EM5 when I need to. If you were using something a lot bigger and wanted something a lot smaller for travel then yes, but that is not the case for you. I also think it would be nice if the GM1 could use usb to charge. Continue Reading

berni29 answered
8 months ago

Thank you, it is good to hear this from owner of GM1. I start to hunt second hand Zeiss 24mm. And maybe I still find a store having GM1 available, just to check its size myself. Of course more opinions are still welcome. Continue Reading

oorraine answered
8 months ago

A lot of people (including myself) absolutely fall in love with the GM1 when they see it and first use it.  It is not a stripped down camera and does so many amazing things...and can fit in many people's pockets. The silent shutter is what really got me.   In perfectly quiet setting no one knows you are taking a picture and no one is distracted. Either way, enjoy your choice! Continue Reading

Lab D answered
8 months ago

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