Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM ( Sony SAL-1635Z ) - APS-C Review / Lab Test Report
Lens Reviews -
Sony Alpha/NEX (APS-C)
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This lens has been kindly supplied by Dieter Scherk!
The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM is a full format lens for the Sony Alpha system.
Regarding its focal length range it is primarily meant for full format DSLRs but
it can naturally be used on APS-C Alpha cameras where it field-of-view is equivalent to
about 24-52mm - or in other words - it behaves like a short range standard zoom lens in this scope.
The build quality of the lens is very good based on a combination of metal and high quality
plastic parts. Some users criticized the sheer existence of plastic in such a pricey lens
but this does only apply to the middle part of the lens. The front and back portions as well
as the petal shaped hood are made of metal. The physical length of the lens remains constant
although the inner lens tube moves a little according to the zoom position.
The focus and zoom rings operate very smooth.
The Zeiss lens benefits from an SSM ("Super-Sonic Motor") AF which operates extremely fast.
The AF accuracy was fine on our test camera (A700). DMF ("Direct Manual Focus") is possible
in single-shot AF mode.
|Optical construction||17 elements in 13 groups inc. 2x ED and 3x aspherical elements|
|Number of aperture blades||9 (circular)|
|min. focus distance||0.28m (max. magnification ratio 1:4.2)|
|Filter size||77mm (non-rotating)|
|Hood||petal-shaped, snap-on, supplied|
|Other features||ultrasonic AF, DMF|