Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Review

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The Sony FE 24-70mm ƒ/4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* was one of the two new zoom lenses announced alongside the full-frame Sony A7R and A7 mirrorless cameras. This Carl Zeiss-branded lens features a very versatile 24-70mm focal length range making it suitable for landscapes, portraits and pretty much everything in between.
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One of the key elements of a system is the availability of - hopefully decent - standard zoom lenses. Sony released two of them straight from the start of its new full format mirrorless cameras. There's, of course, a cheap kit lens but in this review we will have a closer look at the more interesting one - the Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS. As you may have guessed from the Zeiss brand name, you have to be prepared to invest quite a bit here (MSRP: 1200US$/EUR). However, compared to a DSLR counterpart like the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 USM L IS (1500 US$), the pricing is not really disproportionate.
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One of the few complaints about the new Sony Alpha 7 and 7R cameras is that there is currently only a handful of compatible lenses available. A key set of lenses was prioritised for the launch of the Alpha 7 and 7R, as they are for any new camera system, and in this instance Sony opted for a 35mm f/2.8, a 55mm f/1.8 and a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom.
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