Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* SEL1635Z

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(From Sony lens literature) Sony’s latest full-frame ZEISS wide-angle zoom packs serious imaging power into a light, compact addition to the E-mount lens range for α camera users.

The eagerly-awaited Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) now offers photo enthusiasts a choice of three wide-aperture premium zoom lenses. Complementing the existing SEL2470Z zoom and SEL70200G telephoto zoom, the wide-angle SEL1635Z is a compelling choice for landscapes, interiors and architecture plus everyday shooting.

Legendary ZEISS quality exploits the immense creative potential of the acclaimed α7 Series of 35mm full-frame cameras. It’s also an ideal partner for the complete Sony range of E-mount cameras and camcorders.

The uncompromising optical design features five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements. This helps the SEL1635Z achieve outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness, while reducing distortion and colour aberration to an absolute minimum – all in a lens that’s both compact and light to carry.

A signature of ZEISS lenses, the T* coating on optical surfaces minimises flare and ghosting to boost contrast, clarity and depth with landscapes and strongly backlit scenes.

A constant F4 maximum aperture allows photographers to achieve beautiful background defocus effects with a shallow depth of field at all focal lengths. Coupled with Optical SteadyShot in-lens image stabilisation, it enables stunning handheld shots in low light without boosting ISO sensitivity and the risk of increased noise.

Wherever you are sent on assignment, the lens’s dust and moisture-resistant design lets serious photographers keep shooting with confidence in the harshest of environments.

Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* SEL1635Z

Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* SEL1635Z User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 2 review(s) Build Quality 10.0/10 Image Quality 8.0/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by lightknight (31 reviews)
    Reasonably priced, light, sharp and beautifully made. OSS works well
    Field curvature @16mm, f4

    I hesitated buying this lens and now wish I had got it sooner. 16-35 really is a landscape photographers tool of choice very often. I have run this through my own tests and I am reasonably comfortable with the results. On a flat field test ( a bookcase) there is definitely some field curvature at 16mm (the far corners curve inwards) - at very close focus F8 is needed to resolve it - but in real life its not much of an issue if you know its there. These days I tend to use focus stacking anyway for really sharp results as the A7R is certainly capable of exposing the flaws of the hyperfocal methodology and what was a reasonable depth of field for a 15-20MP body simply doesn't cut it now.

    20-24 mm is probably the sweet spot for the lens and as far as sharpness goes its outstanding right out to the edge though the very far corners are a couple of points off. All in all my sharpest lens.
    A keeper for sure.
    I am updating this review in light of my now shooting with an A7Rm3. In short: the lens seems to have improved markedly part of which can be put down to the increased sensor resolution but the rest, in my opinion, is down to increased tightness in the FE mount. This is now very tight indeed but not dangerously so - the result is significantly improved corners at all settings.

    reviewed November 18th, 2017 (purchased for $1,150)
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by coma (23 reviews)
    size, center sharpness, build quality
    performance >24mm, field curvature

    The Sony 16-35 is a really good lens. I'd say it's one of the better lenses in the FE system.

    At 16mm this lens performs astonishing. This is, if you get what you want in focus, since the lens suffers from quite some field curvature.

    Most things (distortion, CAs) are not corrected perfectly, but that's not expected by such a zoom lens. I'd say performance is very good.

    However the lens loses most of it's charm (and sharpness), when you go above 24mm. At 35mm I'd call the performance bad. But let's be honest: you don't buy this lens for the 35mm part, but the 16mm ;)

    Furthermore the size of this lens is really good! For an f/4 wide angle full frame lens it can be considered really small!

    reviewed December 7th, 2015