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

reviewer#8198 date: Nov-6-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss - Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
Carl Zeiss - Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 F2.8 ZA SSM
price paid:new
positive:excellent build; silent, accurate and really fast AF; internal zoom; close-focus ability;
negative:no dust- or water-sealing; price; more than one time i changed AF/MF by accident; little softness in extreme corners at full aperture on long end; light fall-off wide open;
comment:Colors and contrast are simply great. Bokeh seems to be quite nice. There is possibility to use filters on this lens. This is an extremely well built lens.
SAL-1635Z is the perfect ultra wide angle landscape lens.

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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