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

reviewer#10644 date: Nov-3-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Not compared to any other lens.
price paid:
positive:Build quality
CA control
Does not extend when zooming
A gem to use on a full frame camera
negative:heavy but then that is expected from a quality lens
fringing when you have a UV and CP filter on at the same time.
Expensive but worth every penny
comment:This lens has transformed my landscape and church photography. The quality of the images is produces are outstanding. It is a heavy but solid lens and works well with my A99 providing a very balanced combination.

It is expensive but in my mind worth every penny.

The link below will take you to my Flickr set dedicated to this lens.


rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 57
  • sharpness: 4.66
  • color: 4.95
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 4.47
  • flare control: 4.42
  • overall: 4.67 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania