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

reviewer#29668 date: Aug-23-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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:Tamron 24-70mm f2.8
Tamron 28-70mm f2.8
price paid:£1,600
positive:Sharpness when stopped down
Zoom range
Build OK but the rubber bits get dirty quickly
Heavy vignetting wide open
comment:This lens has being my workhorse for the past 8 years and taken 1,000's of pictures from landscapes to oil refineries, overnight time lapse outdoors. Its my go to lens, just love the colours this lens produces and the sharpness once you stop down. Does have vignetting and soft edges wide open, but most 16mm lenses do. Had to have the lens serviced due to the focusing ring locking, but works fine now, although autofocusing is having a few issues, not a problem with focus peaking on the A7R. Would like to invest in the Mark 2 version soon, just need to start saving. Just a shame it flares so badly with the sun in shot, but you just have to work around.

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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