The new Zeiss 24-70mm F/4.0 is finally in Stock and shipping in many stores: In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. And in Europe at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT (Click on country name to see the lens site).
But how good is the lens?
Well DxOmark (Click here) just posted the full lab test results and writes:
Performance of the Zeiss Vario-Tessar is good overall but it’s not without some idiosyncrasies. On the one hand it has very good uniformity, barring a dip wide-open at 24mm, it’s sharp right out to the corners.
Control of other aberrations at the wide end – chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting isn’t quite what we would expect, but at all other focal lengths the lens performs well. Given the not unreasonable price of the lens (and the camera body for that matter), Sony has managed to deliver a balance of performance and value, while at the same time offering something different to the mainstream options. There’s little doubt it’s an attractive combination, but it’s not quite the resounding success we believed it would be.
And here are more recent tests:
Zeiss 24-70mm lens test by Tim Ashley and this is what he thinks about it in very short:
It’s not perfect but I think it is the single most useful lens in the world right now. I really do. And it is a whole barrel load of fun.
And Leica Boss writes:
flexible zoom with a lot of very impressive qualities that will probably never dazzle me… but will certainly get the job done well.
Unboxing video by TheDigitalDigest: