Lens review

Sony Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 16-35 mm f/2.8 T* SSM

Sony Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 16-35 mm f/2.8 T* SSM
4 August 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2009-06-18 on Optyczne.pl

At the beginning of September 2008 the first Sony full frame reflex camera, marked with the A900 symbol, was launched. Apart from that, two new lenses were presented in the same time – a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 16-35 mm f/2.8 T* SSM and a Sony 70-400 mm f/4-5.6 G SSM. Both of them were met with real joy by all Sony and Konica-Minolta SLR cameras' owners. The first of the new lenses was especially impressive. One thing was, of course, the famous Zeiss logo on its body. The 24-70 mm f/2.8 test has shown what’s that company is capable of and what can it offer to the Alfa system users. What’s more, the supplementation of the professional lenses range by an ultra wide and fast 16-35 mm model has put Sony in a leading position when it comes to photo-journalistic and studio lenses. The set of 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200G lenses, complemented by Zeiss 85 mm and 135 mm portrait primes, is probably the best and the most modern - virtually unbeatable.

We had been waiting impatiently, then, to look closely at the new Zeiss lens, manufactured together with the Sony company. Although it was officially presented in September, it took quite a long time before the first specimens of this lens found their way to Polish shops and to our test lab. Finally we have managed to get hold of it and, in the next chapters, we can present the results of the cooperation between the lens and two reflex cameras: a Sony A100 and a A900.

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We would like to thank the Sony Poland company for lending us the lens for our tests.

Our test procedure is described in the article "How we test lenses?" – we also invite you to acquaint with it.

Sony Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 16-35 mm f/2.8 T* SSM - Introduction