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

reviewer#8286 date: Nov-23-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:sigma 15-30
price paid:1300 eur
f2.8 aperture
nice wide angle range
negative:weight, price
comment:I decided to sell my Sigma 15-30 and buy this lens.
The sigma is slightly wider, but the CZ rocks in sharpness and has f2.8 over the entire zoom range.
Like all wide angle lenses there will be some distortion, especially at the wide end, but it's pretty well controlled on this lens.

The size is similar to the CZA24-70 so prepare to carry around some weight.

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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