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September 15, 2011

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens – Preview, Initial Impressions, Full Specs and more..

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens - E-mount

The Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Lens (SEL24F18Z) for the Nex Camera Systems (E-Mount) is pretty much the  “Want To Have” lens in the Sony arsenal, and in this preview I’ll give you all the info available on this awesome piece of glass!!

Initial Impressions:

For starters the E-Mount 24mm f/1.8 lens is made by Carl Zeiss and they have been around since 1846 making exceptional optical products for many applications including glasses, scopes, medical equipment and more.  Carl Zeiss doesn’t play games when it comes to optics, and in there lenses they use very high quality ED and asperical glass elements to help eliminate lens flaws such as chromatic aberration and distortion. The Super fast f/1.8 aperture is what really makes this lens special though, because you can shoot photos and video in incredible low light with very shallow and creative depth of fields.

The build quality of Carl Zeiss lenses also speak for itself. They feel like bricks in your hand, so there not exactly light, but rugged with a nice quality feel to it.  The focus is smooth, and quite by utilizing there internal stepping motor. The 1.5x crop factor adjusted equivalent focal length is 36mm which is a standard length. Full specs and features below and my “Hands on Review” of this lens is coming soon!!


Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens - E-mount

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens – E-mount

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens - E-mount

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens – E-mount

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens on the Nex-7

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens on the Nex-7

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens on the Nex-7

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens on the Nex-7

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens - E-mount

Carl Zeiss® 24mm f/1.8 Lens – E-mount


Get a Carl Zeiss® Sonnar optical lens for rich imagery that will let you relive memorable moments with the clarity they deserve. The large f/1.8 aperture provides for excellent low-light sensitivity and depth-of-field, while a smooth and quiet AF is great for creating movies. An elegant aluminum alloy exterior with a quietly refined black finish is the perfect match for your E-mount camera. Opt for smooth manual focusing with DMF, or try defocusing the background with Circular Aperture for beautiful results.

Carl Zeiss® Sonnar optics

This is the first Carl Zeiss® lens to be released in the Sony E-mount lineup, employing the legendary “Sonnar” optical design for standout image dimensionality and presence. Aspherical lenses located on either side of the aperture effectively compensate for distortion, while an ED element suppresses chromatic aberration. The overall result is excellent corner-to-corner sharpness even with the aperture wide open, for impressive overall resolution.

Circular Aperture

The SAL24F18Z features seven aperture blades that form a near circle. This result in a pleasing defocused circular effect on the background of your image when the aperture is set wide open.

Smooth and quiet AF for video

Lens operation is fast but at the same time smooth and quiet, minimizing noise and image jitter when shooting movies. A linear motor used for focus drive contributes to low-noise focus operation, while a stepping motor built into the lens provides smooth, quiet aperture actuation ideal for movie shooting.

Large f/1.8 aperture

The large f/1.8 aperture is an ideal choice for shooting interiors in low light, as well as for superb background defocusing. Despite being a wide angle lens, The SEL24F18Z allows for 1/4 macro shooting with accurate focus as close as 6.2 inches (16cm). The ability to get close to the subject enhances this lens’s ability to create beautifully defocused backgrounds while providing a strong sense of space.

Direct Manual Focus

Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows for direct manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes. In cases where autofocus has trouble locking onto the subject, or when the user wants to focus at a specific point, this feature enables fast and easy fine-tuning. This can be particularly useful for portraits as well as macro shots in which depth of field can be extremely shallow.

Full Specs

  • Aperture (Max.) : f/1.8
  • Aperture (Min.) : f/22
  • Filter Diameter : 49mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements : 7 groups, 8 elements (2 aspheric surfaces, 1 ED)
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 6.2″ (16cm)
  • Aspheric Elements : 2 aspheric surfaces
  • Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) : 2-3/8 x 2-1/2″ (63 x65.5mm)
  • Exterior Finish : Metal
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 36mm
  • Internal Motor : Yes (Stepping motor)
  • Lens Weight : 7.9 oz (225g)
  • Maximum Magnification : x0.25
  • Mount Material : Metal

Best Price: $999.99

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