Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Mitchins
|Mitchins#11588 date: Jan-6-2014|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 17-35mm|
Minolta 20mm F2.8
Minolta 28mm F2.8
Sony 28-75mm SAM
|price paid:||1800 AUD (New)|
|positive:||Built like a tank,|
Lovely Zeiss Bokeh and rendition
Great focusing and handling
|negative:||Heavy and large.|
The corners never sharpen up fully.
|comment:||This lens is the best UWA zoom available for the alpha-mount.|
Centre Sharpness is superb, corner sharpness leaves a little to be desired (at any combination of settings).
Flare control is superb and really, really good.
Distortion is a little stronger than what I would classify as superb, but good by standards of zooms.
It can produce lovely images, with that Zeiss feel.
It's sharpe, more contrasty, and better renderung than the Sigma 17-35mm, and the Minolta 28mm F2.8 (an average prime).
The Sony 28-75mm SAM produced sharper corner results when tested at comparable apertures and focal lengths but that would be expected (although it had lower contrast).
I feel that the Minolta 20mm F2.8 produces more amazing pictures in terms of contrast and sharpness in my view and so I am selling the Zeiss in favour of the 20mm.