Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 Zoom Lens

Compatible Cameras:  Sony FS7/ FS5/ A7S/ A7S Mk2/ A7R/ NEX Series

Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 Zoom Lens

f4
Auto/ Manual Focus
High resolution lens (noticeably sharper than Canon L-Series)
Daily rate: £28

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Clip-on Matte Box £15
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Our thoughts

The Sony Zeiss 16-35mm is a very sharp lens with stabilisation and works well in conjunction with the autofocus on Sony cameras. 16-35mm is ideal as a wide-angle zoom. For sharp 4K pictures the Sony Zeiss lenses are a better bet than the Canon’s L-Series with a speedbooster adapter. The main reason for this is that they’ve been specifically designed for Sony’s 4K cameras and haven’t tried to achieve a fast stop.

Don’t be put off by the f4 aperture, these are very sensitive cameras and with a large chip you would rarely want a depth of field that is shorter than you can get with an F4 lens. The obsession with wide aperture lenses dates back to film days, when we were having to deal with very insensitive materials, and having a wide maximum aperture would determine whether you could shoot at all in certain situations.

The wider the aperture, the more difficult it is to design the lens, and the more expensive it is as a result. A wide aperture lens is always a compromise and a lot of the f1.4/f1.5/f2 lenses suffer from being a bit woolly around the edges when wide-open. For optimum performance f5.6 is the best stop to shoot at. As with all these lenses, they are predominantly designed for autofocus, and therefore are not ideal if you want to pull focus or for use with a follow focus, although possible.

Wide-angle zoom, ZEISS quality and pop

This full frame E-mount 16-35mm ZEISS Vario-Tessar zoom offers outstanding performance in a compact, lightweight package. A versatile zoom range coupled with built-in optical image stabilization makes it a great choice for snapshots, indoor scenes, group shots, landscapes, and more, especially with a full-frame α7 series body. A constant F4 maximum aperture facilitates exposure and depth-of-field control.

MOUNT
Sony E-mount
FORMAT
35mm full frame
FOCAL-LENGTH (MM)
16-35mm
35MM EQUIVALENT FOCAL-LENGTH (APS-C)
24-52.5mm
LENS GROUPS / ELEMENTS
10/12
ANGLE OF VIEW (35MM)
107°-63°
ANGLE OF VIEW (APS-C)
83°-44°
MAXIMUM APERTURE (F)
4
MINIMUM APERTURE (F)
22
APERTURE BLADES
7
CIRCULAR APERTURE
Yes
MINIMUM FOCUS DISTANCE
0.28m (0.92ft)
MAXIMUM MAGNIFICATION RATIO (X)
0.19x
FILTER DIAMETER (MM)
72mm
IMAGE STABILIZATION (STEADYSHOT)
Optical SteadyShot
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)
78 x 98.5mm (3-1/8 x 4in.)
WEIGHT
518g (18.3oz.)
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“35mm equivalent focal-length (APS-C)” and “Angle of View (APS-C)” are with interchangeable-lens digital camera incorporating APS-C type image sensors.
  • Lens hood (ALC-SH134: petal shape, bayonet type)
  • Lens front cap
  • Lens rear cap
  • Case
Kit