Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM E-mount lens review by Collingsandheal

reviewer#44037 date: Mar-22-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Sony FE 28mm. Zeiss FE 35mm. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sony FE 85. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM.
price paid:£1659.00
positive:As sharp as my Voigtlander 15mm and my Zeiss SEL35f28Z and as far as I can tell as sharp as all the best avilable lenses in between.
Very little vignetting when stopped down a little. Sharp wide open at all focal lengths.
negative:Plastic hood is criminal on a lens of this price.
comment:The best wide zoom lens ever, Sharp from corner to corner at all focal lengths with the resolving power of top notch primes. An amazing achievement buy Sony's optical engineers.

And then they finished it all off with a plasticity hood which will cost an arm an a leg to replace if you crack it. Poor show Sony.

This lens is a little large and obvious and hard to be unobtrusive with, but otherwise it is great for street, architectural, lifestyle and interior pro photo work. Very highly recommended.

The Batis 18mm suffers less lens flare, but it should as it is a prime lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.60 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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