Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) for the Sony E-Mount is finally there

Update December 11, 2014:

Please note that I wrote a first review about this lens, which you can read here.


Update November 26, 2014:

I just exchanged my copy of the lens against a new one! Having used the lens intensively during my three day visit to Sydney I more and more got the feeling that I am not getting as sharp images as I should get with the lens so I decided to go back to the store and following an intensive test together with the store manager, it indeed turned out that my initial lens was at least an underperformer. Now I have arrived in new Zealand and will continue using the new copy extensively and keep you updated about my experience. But as you can see: Make sure to test your lens carefully after receiving it!


November is there and with it the Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) wide angle lens for the Sony E-Mount full frame cameras.

Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z)

(Check out the price of Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens on amazon.com)

And since yesterday I am a proud owner myself and took it for shooting at sunset around Sydney Harbour.

Here are some samples of photos taken, which are not edited, so you can get an understanding of the quality coming right out of camera. The camera I have been using for these images is the Sony A7r. You can read more about my gear here.

(Check out the price of Sony a7R Full-Frame Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera on amazon.com)

If you click on a photo you will be taken to the image gallery and you can view these images in full 36 MP resolution. EXIF data is also visible.


Please note that the following image was taken in Bulb mode with a shutter speed of 84 seconds and an aperture of F22 at ISO 50:



It is obviously far too early to draw any conclusions about the quality and performance of this lens after just 24 hours but I will continuously share my experience with this lens here. Expectations are certainly very high!

(Check out the price of Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens on amazon.com)

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