Some readers of my short hands-on review about the FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS asked me by email or in the comments to review to perform a comparison between the SEL 10-18 F4 and the FE 16-35mm F4 to give some input to the question whether it makes sense to „step-up“ to the full-frame version of 16mm focal length and if the higher price tag and the name Zeiss is justified.
A few assumptions
Before starting with the comparision there were some items I was thinking about. One of those thoughts was that probably most of the photographers interested in this comparison are taking pictures with an APS-C camera like the α6000 and may be in the decision making process of switching to a α7(x) or adding one to their gear. Others are probably one of the proud users of a α7(x) and are – like myself – using a SEL 10-18mm F4 on the full-frame camera either in crop-mode or in full-frame mode in the range of 12-16mm focal length and are now negotiating with themselves or the Ministry of Finance (wife) whether the investment of 1.349,00 Euro is worth it. And again others may just think which of those two lenses is the better one in comparision to the price and if the additional money for the Zeiss is matching the value promissed by the name.Finally I assume that the main interest is on the wide angle performance of the lenses for which I leave both lenses on the smallest focal length possible.
Having all this in mind I decided to perform the comparison of the lenses having them attached to designated plattform which means using the 10-18mm on the α6000 and the 16-35mm on the α7 – nevertheless to keep me from having to interchange lenses all the time :-).
Actually there is not much to add about α6000, the 10-18mm F4 and the α7, since these components are in the market since quite some time and have been tested multiple times and therefore I shall put the focus on the FE 16-35 mm.
Beside the comparison of the images there is one point of interest – the weight:
|α6000 with SEL 10-18mm F4 OSS:||606 gramm|
|α7 with FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS:||1046 gramm|
The last matter of interest are the camera settings which have been verified several times before taking the pictures:
- Aperture priority (A-Mode)
- Exposure compensation set to 0
- RAW+JPG (24 Megapixel)
- Creativ mode neutral with settings on 0
- D-R Off
- automatic white balance
- Mode of exposure measuring = Multi
- ISO Auto (max 1.600)
- lens compensation
- Shading compensation off
- Chromatic abberation compensation off
- Distortion compensation off
In contrary to what I did in the hands-on review of the FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS I will not give any comments or a verdict on the images and will leave that fully to the readers. There is one picture with aperture F4, F5.6 and F8 to each subject of picture and in JPEG and RAW of each camera. The RAWs are provided for download. This results in 12 individual images per subject. One final comment: ISO-Settings are on Auto intentionally to compensate difference in day light caused by bad wheather and twilight and avoid bad pictures due to camera shaking. I did not use a tripod because I don’t use a tripod in 80% of the times and I expect so are you.
Admendment: I finally decided to perform a verdict on the images shown above. This can be read on alphafotograf.de