Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM Prime Lens

Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM Prime Lens

Photographers who value a single-prime approach to general shooting will love this Carl Zeiss lens, as will those who appreciate the subtle but tangible quality advantage that a first-class prime provides. Use it indoors, on the street, or in the wild for images that can bring your artistic vision to life.
Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM Prime Lens

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This 'bokeh' effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass

As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.

Aspherical lens elements

Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped "aspherical" elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.

Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating

Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss® - and this superb lens features the Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces. The T* coating contributes to outstanding image quality, with high contrast and uniformly excellent resolution right out to the image edges. Not simply applied to any lens - the T* symbol only appears on multi-element lenses in which the required performance has been achieved throughout the entire optical path, therefore guaranteeing the highest quality.

Rear focusing elements

Only the rear groups of the optical system move to focus the lens, which allows for speedy AF operation and a shorter minimum focusing distance. Since the front of the lens does not rotate, operability is improved when shooting with a polarizing filter attached.

Focus hold button

Once you've adjusted focus to where you want it, pressing this button on the lens barrel will keep the lens locked to that focusing distance. The preview function can also be assigned to this button through the camera's custom settings.

Distance encoder

The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.

SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)

SSM is a piezoelectric motor that contributes to smooth and silent AF operation. The motor produces high torque at slow rotation, and provides immediate start and stop responses. It is also extremely quiet, which helps keep autofocusing silent. Lenses that feature SSM also include a position-sensitive detector to directly detect the amount of lens rotation, a factor that improves AF precision overall.

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Lens Type Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM
Lens Mount Type Sony A-mount
Aperture f/2.0
Aperture (Max.) f/2.0
Aperture (Min.) f/22
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) 36mm
Filter Diameter 72mm
Lens Groups-Elements 7 groups, 9 elements (2 aspheric surface)
Minimum Focus Distance 7.56" (0.19m)
Angle of View 84° (35mm), 61° (APS-C)
Aperture Blade 9 blades
Aspheric Elements 2 aspheric
Depth-of-Field Yes
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) 3-1/8 x 3" (78 X 76mm)
Distance Encoder Yes
Distance Scale Yes
Focus Ring in AF Mode No Rotation
Internal Motor Yes (SSM)
Lens Weight 19.6 oz. (555g)
Maximum Magnification x0.29
Focus-hold Button Yes
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) 3-1/8 x 3" (78 X 76mm)
Weight (Approx.) 19.6 oz. (555g)

  • Front and rear lens cap
  • ALC-SH110 petal lens hood
  • Lens carrying case