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Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens review: Welcome addition to the range

By Kevin Carter - Thursday November 06 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS: sharp but higher than expected CA | Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS vs Canon EF 16-35mm f4 ISUSM vs Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4G ED VR | Conclusion
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens review: Welcome addition to the range

Sony introduced this ultra wide-angle full-frame zoom for the A7 series cameras at this year’s Photokina. With a constant f4 maximum aperture this new stabilized model looks compelling on paper, but just how well does this it perform in the lab? Read on to find out.

Announced in the run-up to this year’s Photokina this stabilized ultra-wide is designed essentially for the A7 series bodies but can also be used by the APS-C E-mount models as well, albeit with the corresponding reduction in the field of view. As well as featuring a four-stop stabilizer this new Zeiss branded model adopts an unusually complex optical construction consisting of five aspherical lenses element one bing what Sony describe as an AA (Advanced Aspherical) type which are more convex and are said by Sony to offer improved reproduction and rendering than usual aspheres.

It also features three ED glass elements bringing the total to 12 in 10 groups. It has 7 circular aperture blades, a minimum focus distance of .92’ (0.28m) and a 72mm filter thread. The complex design means the lens is compact at 3.07 x 3.88" (78 x 98.5 mm) and relatively light in weight at 18.27 oz (518 g). The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS is available to pre-order now at $1,349.

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS: sharp but higher than expected CA

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS vs Canon EF 16-35mm f4 ISUSM vs Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4G ED VR

Conclusion