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Sony SAL1635Z Alpha 16-35mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss Wide Angle Zoom Lens

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  • Get a wider field of view with a 16-35mm F2.8 lens. Silent AF with SSM technology. T coating for high light transmission
  • ZEISS wide-angle zoom lens
  • A-mount, 35mm Full Frame
  • Super Sonic wave Motor
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 898 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: SAL1635Z.AE
  • ASIN: B001NZ83AU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Feb 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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Product Description

- Very high quality, wide aperture zoom lens covering wide angle to medium telephoto.
- Smooth, silent AF operation using high-torque SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor).
- 17 lens elements in 13 groups, including 3 aspherical elements and 2 ED glass elements: delivers optical performance equivalent to fixed focal length lenses.
- Clear, sharp description with minimized spherical aberration at telephoto end.
- T coating on optical surfaces ensures higher light transmission with minimal flare and ghosting.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent lens. I have carried out critical tests to check the evenness of illumination across the whole of the frame, using the full-frame Alpha A900 camera, and shooting a clear blue sky. At 16mm it is in fact difficult to find a place where no chimneys intrude into the edges of the view with such a wide-angle lens. However, the results are excellent, with no significant darkening of the edges and the corners, even at maximum aperture. With normal subjects, this extremely slight vignetting is not observable at all. Of course, it is rare to shoot at maximum aperture, especially outdoors on a bright, sunny day.

Chromatic aberration (colour fringeing) is also very slight. At the edge of the frame at 16mm, it is possible to observe some red/cyan fringeing of critical subjects (white bars on a black background), when viewed at 200% or higher on a large (24") monitor. Chromatic aberrations are not reduced by changing the lens aperture. However, it is possible to eliminate this in Adobe Camera Raw 5.5 with a value of approximately -18 in the red/cyan channel under Lens Corrections. No correction is necessary for the blue/yellow channel. For most normal subjects and degrees of enlargement, this fringeing would not be noticed.

Resolution is excellent, with the weakest being at 16mm and f2.8, as is to be expected. It would of course in most circumstances be preferable to shoot between f8 and f11, where considerable improvement would be observed.

I have not yet tested for barrel/pin-cushion distortion against a brick wall or other test object, but normal architectural subjects (not shot square-on to the camera, but from normal angles in which some lines recede towards a vanishing point) do not make either type of distortion obvious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Landscape lens 2 Aug 2012
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I use a Sony A850 Camera and purchased this lens for as the majority of my photography is landscapes. It is a beautiful lens and the images are extreemly sharp from foreground to background at f16. There is no need to worry about distortion or lens flare as they dont really exist for landscape. I shot a sunrise and there was no lens flare at all. I have used a Sigma 10-20 mm on an APS camera and it was good, however there is no comparison to the Sony/Zeiss. I read a number of reviews of Sony DSLR 850 and get quite annoyed when the quality of the image is criticised. The 24.6mp sensor produces incredible detail and noise is very easily corrected in Photoshop. Remember Nikon and Canon cameras seem to control noise better but they sacrifice detail in the process. I would recommend this lens as the build quality, ease of use and image quality is outstanding. If you can get an A850 or A900 do so and get this lens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Lens 22 Feb 2014
By Paul L
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For Landscapes, Architecture, Interiors, and Street, it's hard to find another lens that will equal or surpass this Zeiss.
I use this lens with a Sony A99, it's fast, sharp, has excellent clarity and colour, you know you're going to get the best quality shot as soon as it's on the camera, therefore you don't have to worry, just enjoy your photography.

It works excellently with Sony's AF-D focus mode, point and shoot, you've got the shot....everytime.

I always look forward to using it, it never disappoints, only surprises....buy it !
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! 4 Mar 2013
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