Sony 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 is sharper than ZA 16-70 f/4

Started Apr 4, 2019 | Discussions thread
dbronson
dbronson Contributing Member • Posts: 698
Re: Sony 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 is sharper than ZA 16-70 f/4
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and just because i like to beat a dead horse, i took the zeiss f4 image and the sony at 135 and compared them,  they both are close, but where the zeiss wins hands down is the lack of CA and or purple fringe. this may not be important...but it seems like the more expensive lenses control this artifact better..so zeiss costs more cause of better glass and therefore less CA...or so the theory goes.

all  pics are 18-135 lens on left, zeiss f4 right.  ( both great lenses imho, you really have to look hard to notice the differences)

again with all due respect to the OP, i don't think the 18-135 is sharper...but it is a damn fine lens.  thanks for taking the time to post the pics.  one day i may buy one of these lenses, i think it will come down to price...the sony is half the price, but not half the quality...cheers.

sharpness close  i think edge to zeiss

i think the zeiss has a more pleasing OOF bokeh...but thats personal taste. dont like the red shift in the sony images.

200% crop to exaggerate purple fringe of the 18-135; almost none if any from zeiss lens.

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