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Sony SAL2470Z Carl Zeiss® 24-70mm f/2.8

Standard zoom lens for Sony A-mount DSLR cameras

6 Reviews

Item # 158L2470Z

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Our take on the Sony SAL2470Z Carl Zeiss® 24-70mm f/2.8

Great zoom lens for low-light photography

Sony's SAL2470Z was designed for Sony's Alpha line of SLR digital cameras. Its focal range gives you moderate wide-angle to medium telephoto shooting. A large maximum aperture throughout the focal range means you'll get well-exposed photos, even when shooting in lower light with slower shutter speeds. Shoot group photos indoors without using a flash. And capture clear outdoor shots — whether the subject is friends on a hiking trail or the panoramic view from a mountaintop.

Product Highlights:

  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens
  • compatible with Sony digital SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 24-70mm with full-frame digital cameras
    • 36-105mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • large f/2.8 maximum aperture for better low-light photography and depth-of-field control
  • Carl Zeiss® T* lens coating to reduce lens flare, internal reflections, and light scattering that degrade image quality
  • ED (extra-low-dispersion) glass elements for sharp, clear images with well defined colors
  • 2 glass-molded aspherical lens elements for precise, accurate images across the entire zoom range
  • minimum focus distance: 13-1/4"
  • minimum aperture: f/22 (at 24mm) - f/29 (at 70mm)
  • lens construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
  • attachment/filter diameter: 77mm
  • lens is 3-3/8" in diameter, 4-11/16" long
  • weight: 33.25 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • lens carrying case
  • front and rear lens caps

Love this lens, the image quality is astonishing. Color rendition, sharpness, tones, hmmpph, just so much to like. Glad I got this lens to add to my small lens arsenal.

Obinna, Phoenix, AZ

What's in the Box:

  • SAL2470Z Lens
  • Front lens cap
  • Rear lens cap
  • Soft lens case
  • Lens hood (ALC-SH101)
  • Operating instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Carl Zeiss inspection certificate (with Carl Zeiss serial number)

Sony SAL2470Z Carl Zeiss® 24-70mm f/2.8 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Astonishingly Bad*** Lens

Obinna from Phoenix, AZ on 10/12/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love this lens, the image quality is astonishing. Color rendition, sharpness, tones, hmmpph, just so much to like. Glad I got this lens to add to my small lens arsenal.

Pros: Image quality, build quality

Cons: none

Open Box SAL2470Z

KellyB from Midwest on 7/27/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For a ZOOM lens it is exceptionally sharp. IQ is more than acceptable, the fast and constant 2.8 aperture throughout the Zoom range is sweet. I have to say I was skeptical about the "open box" purchase. I am frugal if not cheap, with Crutchfield's return policy it was a safe bet. I am glad I took the chance. Coupled with a Sony a850 or the Sony a55 the images are remarkable. I would warn you that this is a very heavy lens. If you are looking for a "little" back-pack point and shoot you probably won't like this lens. If you are looking for an uncharacteristically exceptionally sharp and fast lens that can "do it all" this is would be a great choice - For portrait and studio work it is a dream come true. One last note, if you want to find out just how sharp a lens is, tripod it, stop it all the way down, in this case F.22, focus on a relatively close object, shoot and then throw it up on your computer screen and check the depth of field focus - with this lens sharp from front to back - and again for a Zoom lens, to have this kind of clarity and sharpness, totally remarkable!

Pros: Sharp, the motor is exceptionally fast and quiet - fact is faster than the 85mm or 135mm Sony/Zeiss Prime's. Great image quality.

Cons: Nothing serious, just realize it is heavy and when coupled with the Sony a850 it is like having an anchor around your neck. A "great" anchor, but none-the-less an anchor.

An amazing lens!

K. Williams from Brandon, MS on 3/28/2012

This is one amazing lens. I have had a copy of it for around two years or so now and I love it. Super sharp for a zoom in its range and works great. Focusing speed is excellent too. Works great on any body I have used it on including Sony and Minolta. I am not quite sure why the guy rated this lens so poorly because it is an awkward range on an APS-C camera though. That is terrible to rate it so low because of that. I is the best 24-70mm lens in its class! If he needs a better range on APS-C then buy another lens but do not belittle this magnificent lens because of that nonsense!!!

Pros: Sharp, Silent and excellent focus speed, Well-Built

Cons: None that I can tell!

Sony SAL2470Z Carl Zeiss® 24-70mm f/2.8

Dust Monster from Yakima, WA on 11/17/2011

If you are not a pro photographer, this lens may be overkill, especially for the price. By "pro" I mean a working photographer who gets paid. I have taken this lens on an overseas vacation trip. Honestly, for vacation type shots where you are spending time with the family, I would recommend something that is lighter, more compact, and doesn't require as much of your attention. In the back of my mind, I was always on the lookout for would-be thieves on the city streets. From experience, I would advise to take something that you won't regret losing (as much). Another (cheaper and lighter) full frame alternative is the SAL-2875. If you are shooting with an APS-C sensor sized body, the new SAL-1650 is excellent, and it is also weather sealed.

Pros: The images are excellent throughout the zoom range and aperture range. The typical Carl Zeiss micro contrast gives the images that "pop".

Cons: High quality glass will always be heavy and maybe cumbersome, but this is the only negative that comes to mind. Keep in mind that I don't do lab testing on my lenses. This is purely based on viewing my images on screen and also viewing my prints. My reason for 4 stars: price.

This is a FF zoom lens

Houckster from Atlanta, GA on 1/18/2010

While this lens can be used by either APS-C or full frame cameras, there are better lenses for indoor work with APS-C cameras. A 36-105 zoom range is simply too restrictive for many indoor subjects. While the sharpness and speed of this lens will always be very valuable features, you still have to be able to frame the subject and a 36mm lens is too often simply not wide enough. Even a 28mm is stressed indoors for larger subjects. OTOH, this lens would is nearly perfect for a full frame camera for both outdoor and indoor shots. Should I ever move to a FF Sony camera, this lens would be a major priority.




Michael from Richmond, VA on 6/15/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Received the lens fast, as usual, from Crutchfield. I have really put it through it's paces and have to say...this lens is absolutely spectacular. Color is spot on, zoom is stable, fast to focus, quiet as can be, and RAZOR sharp! This will rival most of your prime lenses! I love it and it is well worth the price of admission.




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Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 24-70mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Weight 33.25 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Compatibility: This lens is compatible with the Sony Alpha-series digital SLR cameras.

Carl Zeiss T* Coating: The SAL2470Z lens features Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection, and light scattering that can occur at glass-to-air surfaces.

ED (Extra-low dispersion) Glass: Two ED glass elements minimize flare and reduce color abnormalities, giving you sharp and clear shots, even at full telephoto extension.

Lens Hood: The included lens hood allows for better shooting in bright light. A lens hood can be used to reduce flare in bright light areas to ensure maximum image quality.

Note: When using the built-in camera flash, make sure to remove the lens hood to avoid blocking the light from the flash.

Focus Mode: This lens is compatible with automatic and manual focusing. To use auto-focus, both the camera body and the Focus Mode switch on the lens must be set to auto-focus. To focus manually, set the camera body or the Focus Mode switch on the lens to manual focus and adjust the focus ring on the lens.

Focus Hold: While the Focus Hold button is pressed, auto-focus is suspended and the focus is fixed in that position.

Distance Information: The shooting distance scale, located on the barrel of the lens, is graduated in feet and meters from 1.1 ft. (0.34m) to infinity. For accurate manual focusing, look through the viewfinder while rotating the focusing ring.



  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Focal Length: 24-70mm
  • 35mm Equivalent: 36-105mm (using an APS-C image sensor)
  • Angle of View: 61° - 23° (with an APS-C image sensor)/84°-34° (with a full size image sensor)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Maximum Magnification: x0.25
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13.2"
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Without Lens Caps or Hood:
      • Length: 4.673" to 6.803" (extended)
      • Diameter: 3.335"
    • With Lens Caps and Hood:
      • Length: 6.406" to 7.628" (extended)
      • Diameter: 3.930"
  • Weight: 33-1/4 oz/955g

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