Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Mitchins

reviewer#23468 date: Jan-12-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-35mm SSM I
Samyang 14mm
Sigma 12-24mm
Sigma 12-24mm II
Tokina 17mm ATX-pro
Tamron 15-30 (Nikon version)
price paid:2050 AUD new
positive:It's fairly light and compact
Improved over the original
It takes normal filters
ZeissĀ® quality and feel in photos!
Well built
negative:There's still some later CA or distortion in the extreme corners but it's much improved
comment:After owning the original and being unhappy with the corner resolution this baby took me by surprise. I was looking to buy the tamron 15-30 which although it's technically Superior in sharpness I feel the gap is now very small with this new version, and in some cases this lens edges out( a small feat given difference in size).

It's about as perfect as a wide angle lens can get. It takes normal filters and is well built and performs very well.

Love that Zeiss look and feel - it's a definite improvement, they even shaved a 70g or so of weight off it!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.33
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.53 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania