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

reviewer#9366 date: Aug-27-2011
sharpness: 2.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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:KM 17-35
CZ 24-70
100 macro
135 STF
price paid:£1300
positive:Fast and silent AF
Doesnt extend when zooming
Poor IQ at 16mm
negative:No better than my KM 17-35 that i was intending to replace. The corner sharpness is better, but at f/11 - f/13 its not as sharp as the KM.
comment:I waited 2 years to get this lens and less than 48 hours after owning it, it was returned and my money refunded. Its just not that good at 16mm. 20mm and beyond its suoerb, but alot of my shooting is at 17mm.

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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