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Sony SAL-1635Z

Sony SAL-1635Z
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33 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Sony SAL-1635Z. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size, whereas there are some negative reviews about the price.



On average, users rate this product 98/100 and experts rate this product 85/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony SAL-1635Z from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Lenses & Filters on Reviewers are impressed by the size, but many are less positive about the price.



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This summary is based on the products: Sony SAL1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA LensSony SAL1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens

May, 2018

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


weaker frame edge performance at maximum aperture,, high full frame chromatic aberration at 16 mm,, very high coma in full frame corners,, huge vignetting on full frame.

Sony/Zeiss 16-35 mm is not a faultless lens, although its price is very high. Would it be possible to manufacture an optically better instrument? I think so, but it would certainly entail bigger dimensions and weight, more particularly the diameter of...

Aug, 2009

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

Jan, 2009

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Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM ( Sony SAL-1635Z ) - Full Format Review / Test Report


The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM didn't quite deliver as harmonious results as in the corresponding APS-C test but some aspects remain impressive. This is especially true for the resolution figures at 16mm which are easily among the best...

Dec, 2008

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Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA


Sony have ask me to tell you how I feel about my Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA (SAL1635Z). Not exactly a difficult task it has to be said. Without a shadow of a doubt this is the best lens I have ever owned. Its capabilities and performance allow me to use this...

Jan, 2015

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A must have lens to any serious photographer


This lens is all you'll ever need to cover your wide angle shots. Whether it be landscape, architecture, interiors this lens takes everything in its stride and never fails to deliver those quality images expected by any Zeiss product. The SSM as you...

Jan, 2015

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An excellent zoom.


This is an excellent lens that has excellent contrast and sharpness throughout it's usable range. It is so good that it has replaces three of my fixed focal length primes. Yes it is quite heavy and the adaptor required for use on my A7R makes it even...

Sep, 2014

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Great wide angle lens


sharp Pix with wide angle lens

Aug, 2014

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Pure Class


I have had this lens for about a month now......And was lucky enough to have it for our holiday in North Devon.......Where it seemed to take such great shots with ease....I love this lens for what it is able to do.....And after such a short while, I...

Jul, 2014

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Simply magnificient


I bought this as I wanted a full frame wide angle zoom to compliment my sony/zeiss 24-70 zoom which to my mind is the best in class likewise for the 16-35 from f4 to f16 it's as good as my Minolta prime lenses. At f2.8 it does fall off at the edges,...

Jun, 2014

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Great Lens


Great quality lens, very sharp, awesome pictures, but very heavy in weight and on your pocket! Overall I am happy.

Dec, 2013

Product Specifications

Obtain dramatic landscapes and interiors with the unique SAL-1635Z Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens. Thanks to SteadyShot in-camera stabilization, this spectacular large-aperture, full-frame-capable, wide-angle zoom has the added benefit of image stabilization. It also incorporates professional-grade technology, including super Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass, three aspherical elements and Carl Zeiss T-star coatings on glass-to-air surfaces.


Color of product:Black

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.945 - 2.07
Closest Focusing Distance:11.8
Component for:SLR
Diagonal angle of view (max):107
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.945 - 2.07
Focal length range (f-f):0.63 - 1.38
Lens structure:17/13
Lens structure (elements/groups):17/13
Lens Type:Wide
Maximum aperture number:22
Number of aspheric elements:3
Number of diaphragm blades:

Other Features

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Lens hood:


Compatibility:Alpha DSLR
Compatible products:Alpha DSLR

Weight & Dimensions

Filter size:3.03