Can the Sony/Zeiss 16-70 Top This?

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Can the Sony/Zeiss 16-70 Top This?
3 months ago

I've been considering taking advantage of the $300 off bundle to get the 16-70mm lens. I've been worrying about all the negative comments in reviews and in the forums about disappointing corner and edge sharpness of the lens. So, as I look through my photos taken with the kit 16-50, I wonder if the Zeiss can be significantly sharper than my kit lens. Here are a couple of images taken on a recent trip. The first is an out of camera jpeg which I photographed with Dynamic Range Optimizer. The second is a similar RAW image converted to jpeg with the preset Adobe Lightroom Scenic sharpening applied.

OOC jpeg with DRO

RAW image converted to jpeg with no adjustments except for preset Lightroom Scenic sharpening levels.

If you own the 16-70, how does the sharpness of your images compare to these?

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