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Sony E-mount gains new wide-angle lenses

By Jose Antunes

Sony E-mount gains new wide-angle lenses

The line up of full-frame E-mount lenses from Sony is growing with the new 16-35mm F2.8 GM and 12-24mm F4 G which will be available this Summer.

The new lenses include the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM large aperture wide-angle zoom lens (model SEL1635GM) and the FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra wide-angle zoom lens (model SEL1224G). The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens brings, according to Sony, “the incredible high-resolution and beautiful bokeh of Sony’s flagship G Master series to a wide 16-35mm focal length for exceptional landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and more”, while the 12-24mm F4 G, Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens to date, offers a dynamic new perspective for all Sony E-mount shooters.

With the recent addition of the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS super telephoto zoom, a lens that was much needed, Sony’s full-frame E-mount lens lineup now covers from ultra-wide 12mm to super-telephoto 800mm (with teleconverter) focal length range.

Sony E-mount gains new wide-angle lenses

The new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM wide-angle zoom joins the acclaimed FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS to round out Sony’s lineup of F2.8 large aperture zoom lenses, a trinity those looking for wide-aperture might consider. Equipped with a variety of Sony’s most advanced lens technologies, it is the first wide-angle G Master model, making it ideal for an extensive variety of shooting situations – landscapes, architecture, close up portraits, sports, action and much more. It is also exceptionally lightweight and compact, maximizing portability and usability.

According the information made available by Sony, the new lens features exceptional corner-to-corner sharpness, with an optical design that includes five aspherical elements, two of which are Sony’s original XA (extreme aspherical) elements that reduce aberration and deliver ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom range and aperture range.

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From:: Pro Video Coalition

Go Wide with the New Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and 14-24mm F/4 G

By Adam Plowden

Sony 16-35mm F/2.8 GM

The new Sony 16-35mm F/2.8 GM and 14-24mm F/4 G are the latest additions to the wide-angle end of their lens line-up for full-frame E-mount cameras.

Sony 16-35mm F/2.8 GM

Professional video creators and filmmakers have been eagerly anticipating the release of a wide-angle G Master lens, and the wait is finally over. The Sony 16-35mm F/2.8 GM promises sharpness across the zoom range and throughout apertures, with Sony promoting the extreme aspherical (XA) element – the largest Sony has ever created – to achieve the greatest resolution and lowest image distortion. The Nano AR coating also is supposed to reduce the unwanted flare and ghosting that often plague wide-angle shots.

Eleven aperture blades promise a pleasing circular bokeh, even when shooting at the minimum focus distance of 28cm, where lower-end wide-angle lenses struggle with creating depth and maintaining sharpness.

Two direct drive SSM systems handle the auto-focusing capabilities, working with the floating focus configuration to achieve fast and precise results while remaining quiet in operation, thus catering for both photography and video applications.

Weighing in at only 680g, the lens is lighter than the Canon equivalent, but a little more expensive: the Sony FE 16-35mm F/2.8 GM will have an expected price of around $2,200, and will be shipping in August 2017.

Sony FE 14-24mm F/4 G

Sony also announced the ultra wide FE 14-24mm F/4 G lens for full-frame E-mount cameras, offering a unique perspective for filming and video. Weighing in at only 566g, could this be a go-to choice for gimbal shooting?

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From:: Cinema 5d

Hands-on with Sony’s new 16-35mm and 12-24mm wide-angle lenses

Hands on with new Sony wide-angle lenses

For the time being, Sony’s extraordinary forward momentum seems as though it is here to stay. We have not one – but two wide-angle lenses to further fill out the full-frame E-mount system for professional and enthusiast photographers. Let’s see what they have to offer.

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

Sony’s newest G Master lens is quite an accomplishment. The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is extraordinarily lightweight (especially in comparison to the competition), and yet, offers claimed weather sealing and an eleven bladed aperture; this results in gorgeous sunstars. Be sure to check out our gallery for the full view.

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens actually is at maximum size when zoomed out to 16mm, and is at its smallest when zoomed all the way in to 35mm, as shown here. Along with an emphasis on smooth bokeh (which is usually a lesser concern with a lens this wide, but hey, we’re not complaining), Sony claims that the corner-to-corner sharpness performance is impressive.

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

As seems to be par for the course for newer (high-end) Sony lenses, there is a fairly large 82mm front filter threat. Focus is internal, though, and the detachable hood has proven valuable for challenging lighting situations.

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

The rear of the lens features a gasket to seal against dust and moisture, which is a welcome addition considering the situations this workhorse lens may be exposed to. There should be no ‘onion ring’ bokeh due to a new manufacturing procedure that incorporates ‘XA’ (extreme aspheric) elements.

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

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