Sony 16-55 F2.8 G vs Zeiss 16-70 F4 Lens Comparison



The Sony 16-55mm F2.8 G lens has been out for a few months now, and in this video, by request, I compare it to the almost-seven-year-old Zeiss 16-70mm F4.

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23 thoughts on “Sony 16-55 F2.8 G vs Zeiss 16-70 F4 Lens Comparison

  1. Would you please compare photos from the 16-55mm f2.8 and the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6? I want to see if the image quality improvement is worth the cost of upgrading? Wide open and stopped down a stop or two would be most helpful. Thanks

  2. The Zeiss lens has inconsistent QC issues. I had 2 copies, and both were softer on 1 side (or 1 corner) compare to the others.

  3. The difference is really HUGE. I've had the 16-70 F4 and sold it, it was just crap, not anything near to what you should expect from a 700€ lens. Really a pity. The 16-55G f2.8 is great, I will definitely buy it, but for many people/ situations F4 with smaller size would be the better option, IF it had the same brilliant image quality. The 16-70 is a shame for Sony and Zeiss as well.

  4. The 16-55 is not sharper.. the 16-70 just has a backfocus problem
    Bought the 16-70mm used on ebay and I did a lot of testing and it has the same problem as the one in the video.
    5:29 here you can see clearly that the 16-70 focuses somewhere behind the head and because of that the whole background is more in focus compared to the 16-55

  5. Hi Arthur, I think you do the best comparisons. I love your reviews. I have one request because I am not sure what I would get. I am thinking of getting the 16-55 or the 16 mm. Therefore, I wanted to ask you if you could do a comparison between the 16mm and the 16-55 mm ? Thank you

  6. The Zeiss is old these are actually still the two most obvious standard zoom choices for these cameras. Two huge problems with the 16-55 are price and no OSS, and the price just looks even worse having no OSS. I have the Zeiss and I like it enough but am perfectly agreed that it's not the sharpest fastest lens around. Honestly the whole problem sums up my entire issue with my new A6400. Nice camera but the lenses are just not ideal. Or grotesquely expensive and still not ideal. Honestly the lens situation is the biggest ding on the whole E system with no good solution. Then I look at either the Fuji 18-55 2.8-4 OIS, the Fuji 16-55 at many hundred less than the G, or the 18-135, all of which I think are better than the Sony choices. And now there's a 16-80 f/4 OIS. Been with Sony for years but I really think I made a mistake not switching horses this time around for a Fuji XT something or other. Also the older XF lenses have been around for years and can be had used for much less. Someone said to me hey, look at Fuji, it's the lenses . . . and I didn't listen.

  7. Hi, that was great! Now I know what I want, the Sony…..but I can’t quite afford it. So I am now trying to decide between the Sony 70-350 that you recently reviewed or the Sigma 16 mm 1.4. Currently I have only 4 lenses. Two zoom lenses that I got with my a6000 5 years ago, a Sony 85mm 1.8 and a Sony 28mm 2.0. as you with a Sony a6100. Does it make more sense to get the Sony telephoto or the Sigma 16 mm?I’m a beginning photographer so I don’t have a niche yet.

  8. Can you do the new 16-55mm F2.8 G vs a new and solid version of the 18-105mm F4 G?

    Expensive G zooms lens vs cheaper G zoom lens

  9. it's an older lens combo but how would you compare the new G lens to the Sigma 18-35 1.8 with adapter combo? Thank you so much Arthur!

  10. I'm starting to think about selling my 3 sigma 1.4 lenses and buy the 16-55 and use it as an all rounder

  11. Need some suggestion
    How is the samyang 18mm f2.8 on sony a7iii as compared to sony10-18mm f4 on a6400?
    I am planning to go on sony system. And i am confused between sony a7iii or a6400 because of that ultrawide lens. I have two sets in mind but I can’t choose which one to go
    1. Sony a7iii+ tamron 28-75 f2.8+ samyang 18 f2.8
    2. Sony a6400+ sigma trio + sony 10-18 f4
    I mostly shoot in the range of 24-70 but sometimes I need that ultrawide lens(near 16 mm) for covering the whole landscape and some creative photos with unique perspective that ultrawide gives. I am not much into video or vlogging. Photo is my priority. F2.8 on full frame will give me sufficient amount of blur and low light capability. It would be much better to just zoom in and out on tamron than changing lens each time with the sigma trio. And it will be easier to carry one lens than carrying three lens while travelling.
    But If I go with a7iii and tamron 28-70 I couldn’t afford more than the samyang 18mm lens.
    If the samyang lens is as good as sony 10-18 I would easily go with a7iii but I don’t know if the photo quality of samyang is as good as the sony 10-18. since it is a cheap lens I have some doubt.
    Can you tell me about those lens which one should I go for?

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