Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens

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A Professional-Category Bright Zoom Lens

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens The Sony SAL Carl Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T* ZA SSM Autofocus Lens, a professional-category bright zoom lens expressly created for Sony Alpha DSLR cameras (also mounts on Minolta Maxxum cameras). Carl Zeiss' optical layout and anti-flare T* coating applied to this lens help in reducing flare and increases contrast. When mounted a DSLR camera using an APS-C image sensor, the equivalent focal length is 24-52.5mm.

Its wide zoom range plus the f/2.8 constant aperture makes the lens just right for snapshots, landscapes, and indoor shooting. When used on cameras containing Super SteadyShot image stabilizer system of Sony alpha DSLR cameras, the lens provides excellent images even when hand-held using available light.

If you're using APS-C image sensor Sony cameras this lens too expensive as you would be shelling out a bunch of money on a full frame lens that's not all that wide and really heavy for small framed APS-C image sensor cameras.

Announced Sep 9, 2008 Updated Review Sep 3, 2011


SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) is designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing. This 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.

Three aspherical and two ED lens elements correct visual aberrations and improve picture quality edge-to-edge across the entire zoom range.

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length16 35 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Sony Alpha  
Angle of view 83-44 (when used with APS-C size sensor)  
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Aperture annotations Circuar aperture  
Total Elements 17  
Number of Groups 13  
Coatings / special elements 3 aspherical elements and 2 ED glass elements  
Minimum focus distance 0.28 m (11.02")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.24 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Overall weight900 g (1.98 lb)  
Lens diameter 83 mm (3.27")  
Overall length 114 mm (4.49")  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Filter thread size 77 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code petal shape hood  
Tripod collar included No

Lens Includes

Sony SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Autofocus SLR Lens
Front & Rear Lens Caps
Lens Hood
Lens Case
1-Year Warranty


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Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5