Vario-Sonnar T* 2,8/16-35 ZA II

Master every angle.

This fast wide-angle zoom lens gives demanding photographers exceptional design options with extreme image angles, particularly if both digital and analog full-format cameras are used. Digital APS-C cameras offer a zoom range from a moderate wide angle to the standard focal length.
When slightly stopped down, the lens achieves special, uniformly high image quality and illumination over the entire image field. The integrated ultrasound motor (SSM) allows the Vario-Sonnar to focus extremely fast and almost without any noise. (1) The Vario-Sonnar T* 2.8/16-35 ZA SSM II does not change its length during zooming, and its fixed filter thread enables the convenient use of polarization filters.
The sturdy mount, interior focusing, front bayonet for the lens shade and the metal filter thread make this lens ideal for professional photography.
Read more about the Sony SAL1635Z2 A-mount digital camera lens: 

(1) Autofocus available only in combination with camera models that support SSM (e.g. Konica Minolta SLR cameras launched in 2001 or later, or all Sony Alpha models)

  • Features

    Mark II lenses: enhanced features for even better performance

    The new Mark II lenses feature many new improvements compared to their predecessors: they impress primarily with optimized stray light-reducing measures which minimize ghost images and reflections – particularly in critical lighting situations. Furthermore, they are equipped with new dust and moisture-resistant mounts that reliably protect the optics and mechanical parts even in adverse weather conditions. The autofocus system on the SSM system (supersonic wave motor) was also optimized. This increases not only the AF speed, but also the precision compared to the Mark I lenses.

    Smooth, silent AF operation

    Design of the autofocus system requires extremely accurate shifting of particular lens groups. While this is normally achieved via mechanical coupling from the camera body, ZA lenses feature a built-in SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) focusing system for even more refined AF performance.

    ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating

    The optical elements of ZEISS lenses feature T*® anti-reflective coating on all surfaces and an optical design that guarantees images of superior brilliance at all times, even in unfavourable lighting conditions. We apply the anti-reflective coating to the lens surfaces by the vapour deposition of extremely thin, transparent layers on the glass. In this process, special substances are vaporized with extremely high energy in a high-vacuum environment and are subsequently deposited on the glass surfaces, one after another, as layers with precisely controlled thicknesses to achieve the desired reduction of reflective properties. The first coating techniques were employed by ZEISS as long ago as in the 1930s.

    Excellent resolution and high contrast

    Richly saturated and vivid colours are a must in the creation of lasting impressions. However, stray light within an optical system leads to a lightening of the image that is particularly noticeable in the shadows. This reduces image contrast, with the result that exposures lack contrast and appear faded. To avoid this, ZEISS combines various specially developed technologies to reduce the undesirable effects of stray light.

  • Data

    Technical Specifications

    Vario-Sonnar T* 2,8/16-35 ZA II

    Performance Focal length 16 - 35 mm
    Aperture range f/2.8 – f/22
    Camera mount Sony A-Mount (ZA)*
    Focusing range 0,28 m (11.02") – ∞
    Lens elements | groups 17 / 13
    Angular field (full frame) 107° - 63° (diagonal)
    Angular field (APS-C) 83° - 44° (diagonal)
    Physical Filter thread M 77 x 0.75
    Diameter max. 83 mm (3.27")
    Length (withouth lens caps) 114 mm (4.49")
    Weight 872 g (1.92 lbs)

    *) Canon is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group. Nikon is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation. Sony is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Fujifilm is a registered trademark of Fujifilm Corporation. Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

    **) Referring to 24x36 mm format

    ***) Referring to APS-C format

  • Pictures

    Your pictures made with our lens

    Vario-Sonnar T* 2,8/16-35 ZA II

    Every day, thousands of impressive images are captured and every shot tells a different story, as you can see in these images below, all made with this ZEISS lens. The objective of the ZEISS Flickr Group is to gather the best of your images together and show them to the world.

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  • Accessories
    ZEISS Accessories - Filter



    These filters feature T* ® anti-reflective coating and are optimal for protecting your front lens. The UV filters afford your pictures more brilliance, the POL filters reduce reflections on nonmetallic surfaces and increase color saturation.

    • High fitting accuracy for fast filter change
    • Can be used with a lens shade
    • Available in all standard sizes
    More details about the ZEISS T* UV and POL Filters
    ZEISS Accessories - Cleaning Products

    Cleaning Products


    From finger prints and grains of sand to the smallest particles of dust, dirty or scratched lenses compromise picture quality. It is essential that lenses are clean, and especially that they are properly maintained. ZEISS offers a range of professional cleaning products that perfectly complement your unique product experience. Our specialists have developed these products to meet the precise needs of high-quality optical surfaces.

    More details about the ZEISS Cleaning Products
    ZEISS Accessories - Camera Strap

    Camera Strap


    The ZEISS comfortable camera straps ensure that carrying your equipment does not lead to shoulder and neck strain, even when used for longer periods.

    More details about the ZEISS Camera Strap
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