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

reviewer#8478 date: Jan-4-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- 24-70za
- Minolta 17-35/2.8-4
- primes
price paid:trades
positive:+ Build quality
+ sharpness stopped down to F8-F11
+ bokeh is great for wide angle zoom
+ SSM (Fast and silent focusing)
negative:- sharpness wide open in corners and at 28-35 not perfect
- High vignetting at widest focal lengths
- non weather resistant
comment:16-35F2.8 ZA impressive wide angle zoom. I have this lens near a half year. Sold because don't use it often and to buy 24/2. But have good trip with this lens to Egypt.

This lens have best build quality if compare zoom only for a-mount. Size of lens is constant, fells in hand very good. Fast and silent focusing.

IQ is good very good for landscapes. Images have good colors and detailed, than lens stopped down. Corners and bokeh are better than from 24-70. But sharpness wide open is not impressive. More other for my personal taste this lens have better bokeh than 35G. (Don't have much experience with 24/2 to compare right now). CA may easily corrcted in software (ACR, LR. DXO have profiles for this lens).

I don't cityscape shoot, but seems that distortion well controlled.

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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