Sony Unveils Fast, High Performance 16–35mm Zoom Lens

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)Product Summary

  • Model name: Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)
  • Release Date: May 17, 2017
  • Focus Type: Autofocus
  • Format : Full Frame
  • Mounts: Sony E-Mount
  • Availability: August 2017
  • Price: $2,200
  • Purchase options: Adorama | B&H | Amazon

Key features

  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Three Aspherical and Two XA Elements
  • Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings
  • Two Direct Drive SSM AF Groups
  • Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm

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.  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.

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 delivers the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom and aperture range.   The front XA element on the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is the largest XA element ever produced, ensuring optimum quality.  Additionally, two ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass elements keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution, and Sony’s original Nano AR coating suppresses internal reflections to ensure excellent image contrast and clarity.

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)The lens features a near circular aperture shape at all settings, and the combination of the aforementioned XA element with its 11 blade aperture design produces images with sharply focused subjects and beautifully defocused backgrounds or “bokeh”.  It also has two DDSSMs (Direct Drive SSM) that compose a floating focusing system and ensure that AF acquisition is speedy and quiet, making it an ideal choice for shooting still images as well as movies.

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is also dust and moisture resistant, has a fluorine coating on the front lens that helps to both prevent dust or grease marks and remove them easily if they do become a trouble.  There is also a customizable focus hold button and a hood release button.

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

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Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

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Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

Specification

Focal Length16 – 35mm
ApertureMaximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount TypeSony E
Format Compatibility35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View107° – 63°
Minimum Focus Distance11.02″ (28 cm)
Magnification0.62x
Elements/Groups16 / 13
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
AutofocusYes
Filter ThreadFront: 82 mm
Dimensions (DxL)Approx. 3.48 x 4.79″ (88.5 x 121.6 mm)
Weight1.50 lb (680 g)