Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Defender
|Defender#8548 date: Jan-20-2011|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 12-24|
|price paid:||1800 USD (new)|
Sharper than the Sigma
|negative:||Flare and allot of it|
The little button on the side of the lens for focus is easily switched
|comment:||I bought this lens as a replacement for the Sigma 12-24 that I owned almost 2 years. I wanted to have a wider zoom range and was willing to offer some amount on the wide side to have a little more on the tele side. In comparison of sharpness between the 2, Zeiss is the real winner, especially in the center; but it is not by much but still good visible. |
The Zeiss is focussing very fast even in dark places and I have to use seldom a torch to help it focus. The Sigma did it not so good and often was wrong focused.
The real bad thing about the Zeiss is that it produces allot of flare. In many situations inside buildings it is even not usable. The Sigma being much wider did a much much better job of it.
If you need a wide zoom lens for using inside industrial sites and challenging light conditions I would stay away from the Zeiss because of the flair, although the color and sharpness is better on the Zeiss, it doesn't rectify the high price that you have to pay for.