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Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens

B&H # SO163528 Mfr # SAL1635Z/US
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Product Highlights
  • Full-Frame and APS-C Formats
  • For Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum DSLRs
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • 3x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
  • ED & Super ED Glass Elements
  • Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM)
  • Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coatings
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Focus Hold Button

The 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens from Sony is a professional-grade, bright zoom lens specifically designed for the Sony Alpha SLR series (also compatible with Minolta Maxxum series) DSLR cameras. Carl Zeiss' optical design and anti-flare T* (T-Star) coatings used for this lens help to reduce flare and to increase contrast, in addition to the aspherical, extra-low dispersion, and super extra-low dispersion glass elements.

When used with a digital SLR camera with an APS-C sized sensor, the equivalent 35mm focal length for this lens becomes 24-52.5mm. With its wide angle zoom range and its constant aperture of f/2.8, in conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony Alpha DSLR camera system, this lens will provide excellent results even when hand-holding the camera with available light.

Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
With f/2.8 throughout the zoom range, up to a maximum of f/22, the high quality of this lens means you don't have to sacrifice aperture for higher focal lengths as some lenses do when zooming in.
Alpha & Minolta Maxxum DSLRs
This lens is for Sony A-mount full frame DSLRs but is also compatible with Sony Alpha APS-C size cameras. The lens covers a 2.2x zoom range from 16mm to 35mm, which is the 35mm equivalent of a 24-52.5mm lens when used on APS-C format cameras.
3x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) & Super Extra-Low Dispersion (Super ED) Glass Elements
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in, the extra-low dispersion elements correct for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM)
Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.
Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coatings
Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss...and this superb lens features T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces.
9x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Focus Hold Button
This lens is made with a Focus Mode switch and Focus Hold button, which offer better focus control whenever you need it. For reliable operation, Auto Clutch prevents the manual focus ring from rotating in auto-focus mode.
Performance
Focal Length 16 - 35mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 24 - 52.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 107° - 63°
Minimum Focus Distance 12" (30.48 cm)
Magnification 0.24x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 17/13
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.27 x 4.49" (8.31 x 11.40 cm)
Weight 1.89 lb (860 g)
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood for the SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
    • Strong construction (18)
    • Durable (12)
    • Rugged (12)
    • Consistent output (10)

    Cons

    • Heavy (10)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Low light (12)
    • Night photography (7)
    • Weddings (6)
    • Video (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (6)
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    5.0

    Stellar Landscapes!

    By Stuke

    from New England

    Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

    I bought this for my SLT-A99 before our Alaskan Journey. WOW! What awesome landscape and panaramas! The photos are fantastic, typical Zeiss quality. I love this lens...period

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    5.0

    Great on FS700

    By Matt

    from Minneapolis

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

    We use this on a Sony FS700 with the metabones speed boost adaptor. The lens is super fast, clear and the auto focus and works great! Love this lens.

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    5.0

    Killer lens

    By Roux

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

    I use the SAL1635z on my Sony a7. I already owned a SAL2470z and wanted the wider shooting available with the 16-35. Both lenses are truly amazing for zoom lenses. There is virtually no noticeable distortion at with the 16-35 when at the full 16mm end. Superior low light and manageable noise when paired with the a7. Fast auto focus and quite enough motors for video. I waited a long time to get this lens because of the price but now I have it I very pleased with the images it helps me to make.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Video Lens!

    By 4ourl34f

    from Sparta NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Interviews
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Up close action
      • Video
      • Weight Balance

      Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

      If you've been struggling to shoot video with your Sony DSLR, with knock off after markets or DT lenses, this is a dream come true. Granted its a financial dip, but you get what you pay for. Best lens in my bag and almost never comes off the camera these day.

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      • No

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      5.0

      wide picture with quiet autofocus

      By dog photog

      from Amador County, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

      I like to shoot sunrise and sunset landscapes with my dogs in the foreground. The lens delivers a crisp picture with great colors. Autofocus is quiet enough to shoot videos. Love this lens.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very Good Lens

      By Dave

      from Louisville, KY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

        Lens has very good detail especially around the edges at all f Stops

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        • No

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        5.0

        16-35mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Wide-Angle Z

        By speedy

        from detroit michigan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Video

        Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

        rock solid pristine clarity but its heavy as all great glass is.

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        • No

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great lens for the right application

        By Anthony

        from Buffalo NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Car Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Video

          Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

          Picked up this and the 2470z around the same time and have put both through there paces. This lens is incomparable. the 16mm wide angle is more then adequate for any object or landscape shot you can think of. The quality and build is spot on with a fantastic elimination of chromatic aberration on even the most prone edges.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Sooo Sweet.

          By Dreamographer

          from Cedar City, Ut

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Vignetting

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

          Superb build, optical quallity is amazing the colors and sharpness are well to be expected, and super super fast, and on top of that you cannot hear this lens. Simply amazing, on the down side my main purpose for this lense is landscapes and therefore filters are a necessity.. The vignetting on this lense when filters are stacked is not acceptable for a lense of this magnitude, my old trusty tamron wide angle handles them better, but I will make do. Beautiful lense, beautiful pictures.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Another Great Zeiss Lens

          By DPM

          from Silver City, NM

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

            This lens is used for architectural, landscape and in tight quarters. Great sharpness and contrast.

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            • No

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            LENS FLARE

            By CBK

            from Santa Fe, NM

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

              I have both 16-35 2.8 & 24-70 2.8 Carl Zeiss lenses that I love for their sharpness. I consider that a camera is 95% the quality of the lens. My problem with these lenses is the lens flare whenever I shoot towards a light souce (worst I have encountered). Forget the lens shade, I try to compensate with my hand, but that doesen't work as the problem persists closer to the middle of the lens. Often I don't see it until I put the image on the screen and then it is glaring. Often, I can compensate with editing, but this is tedious. Is there a solution to this problem? I love my Sony A77 and the crispness of the Zeiss lenses but am frustrated by the flare.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Impressed by the quality

              By Urbal

              from Sweden

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

              I am using the lens mainly for indoor use, and I am impressed by the overall quality. According to reviews there are some flaws regarding this lens. This might be true in a laboratory measurement situation, but to me this is not the experience in real life photography. Both sharpness and contrast is really astonishing, and very similar to the Sony Zeiss 24-70mm.
              Not so great: The size is maybe something that could be discussed.However,as the lens produces such a great result, I could accept this disadvantage.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT LENS

              By rvhowdy

              from Port St John, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

              I got some great landscape shots the first time I used this lens. No vigneting, even with a polorizing filter. The focus is extrordinary.

              I'm certian I will be using this lens more than any other lens.

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              • No

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Expensive

              By Herf

              from Flagstaff, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

                Lens is nicely constructed and zooms without extension, unlike the 24-70f2.8z and it's also lighter than the 24-70f2.8z, although the 16-35f2.8z is about the same length. Appears to be about as sharp at 24mm as the 24-70f2.8z. Also similar to the Sony 20f2.8 when set at 20 mm. I can reccommend the 16-35f2.8z, but I couldn't pay any more for it.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best in class for Sony

                By OgopogoPhoto

                from Kelowna, BC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Color
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Sharp
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Flare

                Best Uses

                • Architecture interiors
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

                Outstanding sharpness, brightness and color/clarity.
                Clients immediately commented on the picture quality.
                Far superior to Sigma in image sharpness, brightness and color.
                Some flare, but if you shoot tethered, it can be detected immediately.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens

                By BillsDigitalPhotos

                from Chicago Area/

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

                I use this lens as my everyday lens. I connected it to my Sony A-900 and have not taken it off the camera yet. Its a big piece of equipment. Heavy too. Hook this lens to a large frame camera like the A-900, do a day at the zoo or a photo shoot , and your going to feel it at the end of the day. I needed a lens that would enable the full capacity of the A-900. It is really a great lens. Its expensive , so shop around. I have had the lens for a month or so. I have taken great images with it and some not so great. I am one of those who believe that its not so much the equipment as is the user of the equipment that makes for a great capture. So the bottom line ? If you can afford it , go for it. If not now, just figure the price, as it always does, will come down when Sony presents their next big money maker.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love This Lens

                By videodoug

                from SLC Ut

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

                  Very fast lens. I know some of the other reviews say its heavy....yea, but that's what you get when you buy a great lens. It's not made of plastic. We are slowly upgrading all of our lenses to the Sony Zeiss line. They are worth the price.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Now I know why it costs so much

                  By Laker1973

                  from Delaware, OH

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

                  Had to do a lot of soul searching to buy this. After using it I can see the value. I was surprised how big it was. It is well built. You can feel the quality. Excellent color correctness. Picture is crisp in all areas. Great investment.

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great so far

                  By doc_drano

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

                  Bought it just prior to a trip overseas. So I broke it in as I was shooting instead of just playing with it. I found that that the close up focusing was pretty good, only about a foot. The shots came out great and excellently sharp. I would caution folks that the field of focus is extremely narrow and I had to hunt to find the right depth of field. when I did, the image was great. still more to learn about using this lens

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Johnny

                  from Union, New Jersey

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens:

                    I tested the lens last night. It is very sharp and as advertised. I would recommend this lens to my colleagues.

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