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Sony SAL1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens

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  • Aperture (Max.) - f/22
  • Aspheric Elements - 3(3 surface)
  • Blades - 9 aperture blades
  • Filter Diameter - 77mm
  • Focal Length - 24-52.5mm

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Technical Details

  • Short, 11-inch minimum focusing distance
  • SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) is fast, near-silent
  • 0.24 maximum magnification
  • Non-rotating Focusing Ring
  • Lens Groups-Elements : 17 elements, 13 groups
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 5.4 x 5.2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001FORHOW
  • Item model number: SAL-16355Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Zoom Lens

Get dramatic landscapes and interiors with the unique SAL1635Z. This Carl Zeiss lens is a super-wide angle 16-35mm zoom. And it's a super-fast f2/8. Thanks to Sony's SteadyShot in-camera stabilization, this is the world's only large-aperture, full-frame-capable, wide-angle zoom with the benefit of image stabilization (as of Sept. 2008).

Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Zoom Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Aspherical lens elements

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass

As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.

Aspherical lens elements

Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.

Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating
Focus hold button
Distance encoder

Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating

Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss - and this superb lens features the Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces. The T* coating contributes to outstanding image quality, with high contrast and uniformly excellent resolution right out to the image edges. Not simply applied to any lens - the T* symbol only appears on multi-element lenses in which the required performance has been achieved throughout the entire optical path, therefore guaranteeing the highest quality.

Focus hold button

Once you’ve adjusted focus to where you want it, pressing this button on the lens barrel will keep the lens locked to that focusing distance. The preview function can also be assigned to this button through the camera’s custom settings.

Distance encoder

The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.

Additional Features

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.

SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)

SSM is a piezoelectric motor that contributes to smooth and silent AF operation. The motor produces high torque at slow rotation, and provides immediate start and stop responses. It is also extremely quiet, which helps keep autofocusing silent. Lenses that feature SSM also include a position-sensitive detector to directly detect the amount of lens rotation, a factor that improves AF precision overall.

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Product Description

Sony System 16-35mmF2.8 ZA SSM

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on June 10, 2011
This lens is my favorite so far for the A900, despite it being the most expensive. Before I purchased this lens I already had the 24-70 so I doubted if it was worth the extremely high price tag for basically an extra 8mm focal length. Needless to say, I use this lens more than any other due to the ultra wide 16mm which is super sharp all around when stopped down to f8-f13 making it perfect as a landscape lens. Also it is very useful at 24mm or so, even if you do have the 24-70 since it has less distortion and is slightly sharper since it is in the middle its zoom where the 24-70 is at its widest. Build quality is outstanding, including the lens hood and SSM focusing which works great. If there are any faults with this lens it would be the high level of barrel distortion and vignetting at 16mm, but this is a problem with all ultra wide lenses and this one rates better than the equivalent offerings from nikon and canon (DxOmark tests as my source). I would recommend this lens to any landscape photographer using full frame who wants to take very sharp daytime shots stopped down and low light shots at f2.8 which still produces good images. If using APS-C sonys (which are all but 2) this lens is not worth it since you would be paying a lot of money for a lens that is not very wide and very heavy on the smaller framed APS-C cameras. The CZ16-80 is by far the best choice, along with one of the aps-c ultra wide zooms, even though they would be a few stops slower.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Photo/Video Gearhead on April 6, 2009
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With the 16-35mm f2.8 lens, Sony/Zeiss have introduced yet another high quality lens to complement their professional grade 85mm f/1.4 Sony SAL-85F14Z 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera, 135mm f/1.8 Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera and 24-70mm f/2.8 Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras lenses.

The only alternative to this lens is the rare and coveted Minolta 17-35mm f3.5 G lens. I have tested both lenses using the Imatest lens test software. At an aperture of f3.5, the Sony/Zeiss 16-35 lens at 16mm exhibits better corner sharpness and less chromatic aberration than does the Minolta 17-35 G lens at 17mm. The only advantage of the Minolta 17-35 lens is that it is smaller and lighter than the Sony/Zeiss 16-35 lens.

A review of the Sony/Zeiss 16-35 lens may be found at the lemondedelaphoto web site. It is written in French but it can be translated via Google.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bud R on March 14, 2013
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I switched from Canon to Sony after 35 years and the Zeiss glass was one of the reasons I did. Cannot beat the clarity, color and sharpness of this lens. For a zoom telephoto it is amazing. It has added a whole new dimension to my landscape photography.
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