Despite its compactness the handy ZEISS Loxia® 2.4/85, a moderate
telephoto lens offers outstanding image performance – across the entire
image field of a full-frame sensor. Be it for a portrait or a street or
landscape shot, this inconspicuous lens is great for helping you master
these photographic disciplines.
ZEISS Loxia lenses were specifically designed for Sony α7 cameras. This
means that they can make the most of the mirrorless, full frame system,
while giving you all the creative possibilities of ‘classic’ photography
with manual focus at the same time.
And that’s not all: ZEISS Loxia lenses also provide everything you need
to shoot high quality video, such as the unique DeClick feature for
smooth adjustment of the aperture, for example.
A lens design with relatively few glass-to-air surfaces, invented by Dr.
Ludwig Bertele at ZEISS in 1930 to provide the fastest lenses of that
day for 35 mm photography offering speeds up to f/1.5 and well
controlled veiling glare. This is where the name comes from, containig
the German word for sun, ’Sonne’, the symbol of utmost brightness.
One completely new feature of the Loxia lens is that you can ‘declick’
the aperture’s locking mechanism using a tool (supplied) and an
adjustment screw on the bayonet surface. This means that for video
applications, you can smoothly eliminate any unwanted differences in
brightness as you pan the camera. This feature can also be used with
other video systems whose size makes them suitable for adaption.
Precise manual focus
Manually focusing a lens means controlling the image result from your
fingertips. A good ergonomic design makes all the difference. ZEISS
lenses stand out with their large rotation angle which enables precise
focusing. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder. The
high-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without play, thus also
supporting the intuitive interaction with the focal plane. The precise
engraving in meter and feet, and the depth of focus scale provide
additional support for manually focusing.
Virtually distortion-free optics
Dramatic perspectives and a view from extraordinary image angles – ZEISS
lenses open up new composition possibilities. Distortion would disrupt
the composition because straight lines, whose image does not go through
the image center, would be reproduced with a curved shape. This annoying
effect is accordingly and largely compensated through elaborate optical
designs at all focal lengths.
High-grade full-metal casing
Tangible quality that holds its value is what qualifies ZEISS lenses for
decades of hard use. A precision-engineered full-metal casing, grippy
focus and aperture rings made of metal, and a tough front bayonet and
filter screw guarantee stunning photographic results. A special sealing
ring on the bayonet also protects the interface between the camera and
The ZEISS Loxia lenses are suitable for use with the mirrorless Sony
Alpha cameras with E-mount and were optimized for sensors up to full 35
mm format (24 x 36 mm). With the ZEISS Loxia lenses, the aperture is
controlled manually. This allowed the integration of the so-called
DeClick feature of the mechanical aperture ring. The cameras feature the
corresponding automatic exposure control (A) and manual exposure control
Focal length (mm) 85
Aperture range f/2.4-f/22
Focusing range (m) 0.8 - ∞
Number of elements/groups 7/7
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. (degrees) 28.63/24.05/16.23
Coverage at close range (mm) 257.9 x 172.6
Filter thread M52 x 0.75
Dimensions (with caps) (mm) 108
Weight (g) 594
Camera mounts E-Mount