Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*

Product Highlights

  • Full-Frame and APS-C Formats
  • For Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum DSLRs
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • 3x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
  • ED & Super ED Glass Elements
  • Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM)
  • Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coatings
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Focus Hold Button

Overview

The 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Vario-Sonnar T* Lens from Sony is a professional-grade, bright zoom lens specifically designed for the Sony Alpha SLR series (also compatible with Minolta Maxxum series) DSLR cameras. Carl Zeiss’ optical design and anti-flare T* (T-Star) coatings used for this lens help to reduce flare and to increase contrast, in addition to the aspherical, extra-low dispersion, and super extra-low dispersion glass elements.

When used with a digital SLR camera with an APS-C sized sensor, the equivalent 35mm focal length for this lens becomes 24-52.5mm. With its wide angle zoom range and its constant aperture of f/2.8, in conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony Alpha DSLR camera system, this lens will provide excellent results even when hand-holding the camera with available light.

Aperture Range: f/2.8-22

With f/2.8 throughout the zoom range, up to a maximum of f/22, the high quality of this lens means you don’t have to sacrifice aperture for higher focal lengths as some lenses do when zooming in.

Alpha & Minolta Maxxum DSLRs

This lens is for Sony A-mount full frame DSLRs but is also compatible with Sony Alpha APS-C size cameras. The lens covers a 2.2x zoom range from 16mm to 35mm, which is the 35mm equivalent of a 24-52.5mm lens when used on APS-C format cameras.

3x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements

These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.

Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) & Super Extra-Low Dispersion (Super ED) Glass Elements

To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in, the extra-low dispersion elements correct for certain wavelengths of light – producing sharper images with truer colors.

Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM)

Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.

Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coatings

Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss…and this superb lens features T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces.

9x Circular Aperture Blades

Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

Focus Hold Button

This lens is made with a Focus Mode switch and Focus Hold button, which offer better focus control whenever you need it. For reliable operation, Auto Clutch prevents the manual focus ring from rotating in auto-focus mode.

Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 16–35 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Circuar aperture
Optics
Elements 17
Groups 13
Special elements / coatings 3 aspherical elements and 2 ED glass elements
Focus
Minimum focus 0.28 m (11.02)
Maximum magnification 0.24×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Physical
Weight 900 g (1.98 lb)
Diameter 83 mm (3.27)
Length 114 mm (4.49)
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Filter thread 77.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code petal shape hood
Tripod collar No