Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Dibok
|Dibok#11900 date: Jul-9-2014|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
Although 24mm on the 1635 is not all that bad, the 2470 does a better job here. This is valid for 35mm as well.
Both are just slightly above average fully open, but are going to be excellent when stopped down to f5,6
I used the mark 1 of the 1224 some years ago. In overall I liked it. However compared to the Sony-Zeiss it can't really compete with colors and micro contrast. The big bulb prevents from using filters with it, which is a nogo for many landscape shooters.
|price paid:||1.200 € new|
|positive:||Very good at 16mm, compatible with normal filters (77mm), low amount of CA, moderate vignetting, SSM AF|
|negative:||If at all - its weight (~1kg)|
|comment:||I love landscapes and architecture, so I was always in need of an ultra wide. A mandatory feature is compatibility with standard filters, as I like to play with long exposures at daytime. For a long time the ZA was not available in Germany and close Europe, so I was happy when I found a retailer having an unused demonstrator in the shelve. :-)|
The Zeiss is huge and heavy, but it comes with the capability of delivering fantastic images in terms of color rendition. Zeiss-typicall it has a snappy contrast when stopped down. CA are in most cases a non-issue.
The sweet spot seems to be between f5,6 and f8. For >30mm f8 is a better choice.
Distortion is quite visible at 16mm, but nothing special. Same for the vignetting.
I am using it on my A99 as well as on my A7R (with LA-EA4).
Both FF are dealing excellent with it.
I hope the upcoming FE 1635Z will be of same quality (as I like it lighter for long-distance journeys).