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

reviewer#8561 date: Jan-25-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:
price paid:1300 EURO
positive:sharp, versatile in crowded spaces, good color
negative:heavy, expensive, bulky, you need to be very close to your subject
comment:a very nice lens for crowded spaces. the sharpness is such that images can be cropped quite a lot when you want to. the best way to use it is to get as close as possible though, and that is really close indeed.

it takes some time to get used to, when you start you tend to stay to far away of your subject. once you get the hang of it, it makes it possible to obtain shots that cannot be made with standard focal lengths.

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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