Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Jozioau
|Jozioau#10879 date: Jan-28-2013|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||CZ 16-80mm Vario-sonar|
CZ 24-70mm Vario-sonar
|price paid:||AU$1,275 shop demo|
|positive:||Solid build, fine optics and coatings, constant f2.8 max aperture, quick and silent SSM focusing without lens extension.|
|negative:||Weight and price, but well balanced on camera bodies full frame a99 or a900 and APSC a77ii or a700, especially with VCG.|
|comment:||Superbly crafted ultra wide angle lens, comparable in build and optical quality to its sibling the CZ 24-70mm f2.8. Beautiful image quality, natural colour rendering, very sharp, quick to lock focus. |
Consistent with the other CZ Vario-sonar T* lenses I've used, there's an almost polarizing filter 'zing' about the colours and the images are truly vibrant.
Good flare control in outdoor sunny conditions. Slight barrel distortion noticeable on interiors shots at the 16mm end on full frame camera.
A good zoom range for architectural photography, as well as for sweeping landscapes.
On an APSC body the range becomes more of a 'walkabout' 24-52mm equivalent when you need that f2.8 maximum constant aperture in low light.
A big investment but definitely a keeper.