Friday, May 9, 2008

Impact Review: Zeiss ZA T* 24-70 SSM at

We just noticed a new and quite interesting lens review posted at! It is the review of the Zeiss ZA T* 24-70mm f2.8 SSM Vario-Sonnar lens. As you can expect from the specs, this is not a lightweight lens. It weighs 1 kilo (2.2 pounds). We talked about this lens when it was announced in January 2008.

As always we won't be revealing the outcome of the review, so as not to introduce any bias to the initial readings of the review. Jump to page three of the review if you are impatient and want to read the verdict first. If you are not familiar with PhotoZone reviews, they do have lots of charts, satisfying those who want to look at measurable technical data as well as full size sample pictures (using the A700 DSLR) and the reviewers experience in using and handling of the lens.

A quick search on the "internets" finds this lens at Amazon, where it is estimated to ship in 1 to 2 months for a price of $1750. B&H Photo lists it as out of stock, but you can sign up to be notified by email when it becomes available.

As we promised a few moons ago, we will try to increase our lens coverage. We are planning a two-part special on lenses to be posted sometime in May 2008. And fear not, there won't be a cliffhanger in between the two installments :)

Reactions to the review
A dpreview Sony SLR Talk discussing the review is picking up momentum. There you will find a variety of commentary and ideas on the lens and review. Minolta fans are chiming in too with some strong statements.

A second opinion
You can get a second opinion on this lens, posted in April 2008, at Alpha Mount World, a site that specializes in all things Sony Minolta Alpha Zeiss Maxxum Dynax and such :)

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