Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Top 80%136 points
Top 80%
Top 84%111 points
Top 84%
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
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Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* vs Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS: 25 facts in comparison

1. Has full-time manual focus

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
61% have it

2. widest aperture at maximum focal length

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
2.8
Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD: 1.2
5.6

3. has or is a prime lens

A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
48% have it

4. has built-in optical image stabilization

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
37% have it

5. smallest aperture at maximum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
22
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW: 45
36

6. Weather sealed

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
29% have it

7. Front element doesn't rotate

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
62% have it

8. widest aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
f/2.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 Pro: f/1.2
f/3.5

9. Can focus to infinity

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
62% have it

10. minimum focus distance

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.
0.35m
Samsung NX 10mm F3.5 Fisheye: 0.09m
0.25m

11. minimum angle of view

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).
63°
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD: 2°
32°

12. maximum angle of view

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
63°
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH: 318°
83°

13. weight

4g lighter.
120g
Canon EF 400mm F/4 DO IS II USM: 2.1g
116g

14. aperture blades

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
7
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA: 11
7

15. Has rounded aperture blades

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
74% have it

16. Is a wide angle lens

A wide angle lens is great for capturing larger areas of a scene, such as when doing architectural or landscape photography.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
27% have it

17. smallest aperture at minimum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
22
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW: 45
22

18. Has focus motor

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
91% have it

19. Includes lens hood

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
57% have it

20. maximum focal length

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
35mm
Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM: 800mm
50mm

21. minimum focal length

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
35mm
Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM: 0.24mm
16mm

22. Has a metal mount

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
94% have it

23. optical zoom

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
1x
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD: 22.2x
3.1x

24. Is a normal lens

A normal lens is one that doesn't fall into another category such as wide angle or telephoto, and typically has a focal length between 35mm and 70mm. These lenses aren't tailored towards a specific type of photography, and so are quite versatile.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
27% have it

25. has a silent focus motor built into the lens

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
39% have it

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