Monday, September 26, 2011

The 3-D quality of a Zeiss lens

A couple weeks back I was asked if the Sony E-mount Zeiss 24 has the same 3-D pop you find with the other Zeiss lenses on the market.

I wasn't sure, so I put the lens on the NEX7 and left it there for a few days. Anytime I had a chance to take a snapshot I would use this combo.

I really don't know if it has a 3-D effect. I'm not sure the other lenses do either. Maybe people are seeing something I don't see or maybe they know what they're looking for.

The lens has a lot of pop, but then it should, it's a premium lens made by a top brand. The fact that it's slightly wide on the APS sensor helps as well. I think it has a nice effect, seems very sharp, good colour (which you would expect) but I don't know if it has a 3-D look. Of course if I put the NEX7 in the 3-D mode and did a sweep 3-D shots to watch on the Sony 3-D TV with the crazy 3-D glasses, now that would be cool.

I'll try that next.

If you're looking for a Zeiss lens in the Leica M-mount for your NEX camera you can find them at my retail store. I don't sell Sony gear but cater to the rangefinder crowd.

Rob Skeoch

My retail store for traditional photo supplies is
My retail store for rangefinder gear and Zeiss lenses is


  1. You've written that the 28mm focal length is a classic for the 35mm format. It's an angle of view close to my heart for sure. I'm wondering, though, how best to get that angle on a NEX camera. ZM lenses are surely an option.

    I've been using a NEX-c3 with m mount lenses and am very curious about how well Zeiss ZM lenses will work with the NEX-7, especially the ZM 18mm f/4 and the 21mm f/2.8. Have you had a chance to put them together?

  2. This week I'm comparing the images from the M9 to the NEX7... and also different M-mount lenses on the NEX7... I just haven't had time to write it yet.