Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

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Astrophotographer 10 Senior Member • Posts: 7,127
Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

I am wondering if the Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z) lens is any good on an A7r?

Greg.

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Martin Muehlemann
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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

I am wondering if the Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z) lens is any good on an A7r?

Greg.

I do use this lens with LA-E4. Works like a charm

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

How would you rate the performance of this lens? Is it sharp to the corners at 16mm?

I am looking to find a replacement for my Nikon14-24mm F2.8ED which has been a mainstay for me for some time. It haas bad edge smearing on the A7r.

Greg.

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Astrophotographer,

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

How would you rate the performance of this lens? Is it sharp to the corners at 16mm?

I am looking to find a replacement for my Nikon14-24mm F2.8ED which has been a mainstay for me for some time. It haas bad edge smearing on the A7r.

Greg.

Greg,

Use your Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 with adapter on the A7r ... I have not yet but think it would be awesome.

I am shooting with the 16-35mm f2.8  .. need to shoot more with it.    but there is something about the 14-24mm f2.8 that I feel is better.  Have not shot enough with the 16-35 ZA to nail what I am "not" connecting with.  and have not yet with the A7r+LAEA4.

But, then again I was not a big fan of the 24-70mm f2.8 ZA vs the Nikon 24-70 f2.8  but that was on the D800 vs a99.

Am of the opinion  Sony needs to do A-mount   14-24 f2.8 and Re-Do there 24-70 Weather Sealed and optimized for 36mp and at least 54mp.

Sony needs a Holly Trinity. Period.  and ALL Weather Sealed.  and all optimized for High Res. Sensors.  Sony wants respect, that will do it.    Well , along with a PRO  Fast AF  A-Mount at 36mp.      ...   Did I say FAST CAF ?

Just my opinion,

HG

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

How would you rate the performance of this lens? Is it sharp to the corners at 16mm?

I am looking to find a replacement for my Nikon14-24mm F2.8ED which has been a mainstay for me for some time. It haas bad edge smearing on the A7r.

Greg.

Well

Let me put it this way. There are two lenses on earth, UWA which are at the top of the list and other which fall down

1. Nikkor 12-24
2. Olympus ZD 7-14 (14-28)

Those have a very good corner sharpness

The Zeiss is not bad, but it does not reach the level of the Nikkor or the Oly. But at least I can say that it is better than all the three Canon's I had

Until the day Sony brings a native FE UWA I will keep this one because for me it the best UWA in the Sony system.

Cheers
Martin

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Astrophotographer 10 OP Senior Member • Posts: 7,127
Re: Astrophotographer,

I have the Nikon 14-24 and as you say its an amazing lens. Sadly it does not work well on the A7r. I got bad edge smearing and way out of focus on the left and right 20% of the image. I can post samples if you want. Not sure why that would be. I used the Metabones Nikon adapter.

It reduced when stopped down but still a problem. Also I need it really at F2.8 as well.

Greg.

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

The Oly is an APS or Micro 4/3rds or full frame?

Greg.

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

I am looking to find a replacement for my Nikon14-24mm F2.8ED which has been a mainstay for me for some time. It haas bad edge smearing on the A7r.

I thought you initially said the Nikon 14-24mm appeared to work well. Did further testing reveal problems?

I am surprised that it would not work well on the A7R. It is not a rangefinder lens, so it should be fairly telecentric (also, it was designed to work with a digital sensor, not film). Are you seeing any problems on telephoto lenses, or only with the 14-24mm wideangle?

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Martin Muehlemann wrote:

Let me put it this way. There are two lenses on earth, UWA which are at the top of the list and other which fall down

  1. Nikkor 12-24
  2. Olympus ZD 7-14 (14-28)

The Olympus is not surprising, since one of the main design goals for the 4/3 system was telecentric lenses (light rays arrive perpendicular to the sensor plane). However, I am surprised that the Nikon 14-24mm would have issues, since it was designed for use with digital sensors without offset microlenses...

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

The Oly is an APS or Micro 4/3rds or full frame?

Greg.

The ZD7-14 is a Four-Third lens from the Super High Grade line

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?
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My a7R just hit the door today and I also have the 16-35mm and adapter. I'll let you know.

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cosmonaut wrote:

My a7R just hit the door today and I also have the 16-35mm and adapter. I'll let you know.

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Let me take the comment about the 14-24mm Nikon back. It was pointed out to me by another that others have had good results from this lens with A7r. I am now thinking its my adapter after back to back tests with my D800E and 2 different adapters on the A7r.

I am getting variable results and there is some minor play in the adapter. I am looking at getting a Novoflex one and see.

Greg.

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Yes my initial quick look shot seemed OK. Then I shot a nightscape panorama with it and when I was processing the images I was shocked to see the stars as long streaks out towards the edges of the image.

I have just checked it again and I am uncertain about it. I can get half decent results so because its a heavy and large lens some flex is occuring in the adapter. I am looking at getting a Novoflex adapter to see if that handles it. It would be great if I can get it working 100% as its such a great lens.

I'll let you know. Probably within a few days.

Greg.

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Yes that would be great. I look forward to your results. Would you mind posting a few images from it at 16mm and F2.8?

Greg.

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Re: Astrophotographer,

Hi Greg,

does this happen at all focal lengths ?

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Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

Yes that would be great. I look forward to your results. Would you mind posting a few images from it at 16mm and F2.8?

Greg.

Here we go

A99 with 16-35Z and A7r with LA-EA4 and 16-35Z

Both shot @F/2.8

No PP applied. Straigt RAW out of Camera and exported with LR5.3 (Final)

A99 + 16-35Z

A7r + 16-35Z

The A7r pictures are generally warmer than the ones from A99

Cheers

Martin

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

Let me take the comment about the 14-24mm Nikon back. It was pointed out to me by another that others have had good results from this lens with A7r. I am now thinking its my adapter after back to back tests with my D800E and 2 different adapters on the A7r.

I am getting variable results and there is some minor play in the adapter. I am looking at getting a Novoflex one and see.

Greg.

For best results, your adapter should be exactly the correct length. This can be checked by verifying infinity focus (on the moon) coincides with the infinity hard stop on a fully functional manual Nikon lens.

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Re: Anyone using Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 on A7R?

Hi Martin,

although 2,8 the quality on the border is really nothing to write home about. To be honest for me neither A99 nor A7r are usable with 2.8 with this lens. As I am still not sure if I shall buy the A7R - very good sensor but many not so nice habits - this lens is also a matter of interest for me - at least until now.

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Re: Astrophotographer,

You know I am now thinking after doing some more testing this afternoon that this is more an adapter issue. I am planning on getting a Novoflex Nikon adapter and see if that helps. Its a large and heavy lens and I think there is some flex and the lens is pretty intolerant of misalignments.

Also the distance of the adapter may be off a tad.

Greg.

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