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

reviewer#11746 date: Mar-27-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:SAL20F2.8, M24F2.8, SAL28F2.8, M35F2.
price paid:1800 EUR
positive:IQ, focus speed, well built, internal zoom
negative:Weight, size, price (obvious)
comment:At 16 mm the extreme corners do not fully sharpen up, but at F8-F11 they are good enough while the majority of the image is very sharp. Distortion at 16 mm is substantial. At the long end (say above 24 mm) the sharpness at infinity reduces somewhat but closer up it is fabulous. I found this is a property it shares with many other wide angle zoom lenses. I prefer to use a shorter zoom in that range anyway.

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
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