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Showcase Sony Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA

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The lens is definitely capable of some nice images, but doesn't impress me too much when pixel peeping... but maybe I'm just not used to zoom lenses. Idk, sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't. Maybe I just need to stop down more often.
I've had a total of 6 samples of this lens on my A7, and most of them benefitted from Live View settings set to ON when photographing at f/8 as I usually do; my present copy's sharpness also improves by this measure, it's just not critically sharp at f/8 when Live View settings is set to OFF. It doesn't make a difference wide-open though and I don't know if your A7M2 behaves differently. It's worth a try, I'd say.

Also, focus accuracy is helped by a large focus area. I get the most consistent results when using a large or medium size flexible spot or, when subject matter allows, the wide setting for the AF area. I agree, it's difficult to push this lens to optimal results, but when you succeed the image quality can be excellent provided you keep the focal length between roughly 35mm and 60mm. As universally documented, corner sharpness degrades below 35mm and 70mm is not all that strong either.
 

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A7R II - 1/13, F4, ISO 6400

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chorkie-dad

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Classic lens fantastic detail, picked up every dust spec on the glasses
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS    70mm    f/11.0    1/6s    ISO 400
 

Kiwi Paul

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Nice portrait.
I like the lens too, I'm happy with the IQ, however it's come under a lot of criticism and some folk don't like it.
I presume it's the f4 version not the f2.8
 
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While I like this lens, its bokeh can be a bit distracting sometimes.
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ILCE-7RM2    FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS    70mm    f/8.0    1/80s    ISO 200
 
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Levster

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There are 3 showcase features for this lens. This seems to be the main one so I'm pasting this here from one of the smaller ones.

# Cross posted from Portraits #

I've recently bought an A7II and 24-70/4 and I’m trying them out on my favourite subject:

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Iansky

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Despite some of the negative criticism of this lens I am finding it to be a real winner for what I intend to use it for (mainly documentary and street work) and cannot find any reason to complain about performance, size, weight or IQ.

Here are some of my images from it:

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MWhite

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Hi guys for everyone has this lens.. Can you take some portrait shots from 50mm to 70 mm (75mm to 100mm equivalent) to f/4 and f/5.6.. I am trying to see how this lens can perform for portraiture work.. since it gives you a bit of the focal lenghts needed for portraiture work

The last photo above (my wife and daughter) was taken at 70mm @f4.0.
 

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