Photokina Report: Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm f/2 SSM

I had the chance to play briefly with Sony’s new Carl Zeiss® Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (model SAL24F20Z) – that is a mouth full so excuse me if I use only portions of the name or designation from here on out. While this did not allow for a definite conclusion on the lens I can openly admit to putting it on my Christmas Wish List.

As with all Sony Zeiss lenses, the 24mm f/2 is solid and not a light weight all things considered. What did impress me is that the SSM on its seemed to be quieter on this lens than the 85mm f/1.4 which will be important when shooting video – am almost certain that you will hear the SAL85F14Z focusing should you use it on something like the A55.

The pictures I managed to take on the stand don’t have much appeal as you may see but they do illustrate the angle of view and depth of field you might expect with this lens. I feel a bit sorry for the guy, I kept pointing the camera at him, but he was very helpful and accommodating.