Sony Announces 2 E-mount Wide-Angle Lenses

VX9117_SEL1635GM-v4.By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Sony has just announced two new wide-angle zoom lenses for their E-mount system: The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens and the FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens. These two new lenses join the most recent addition of the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom, and brings the entire Sony full-frame E-mount lineup to cover from an ultra-wide 12mm, to a super-telephoto 800mm (with teleconverter) focal length range.

The new 16-35mm uses five aspherical elements, which include two of Sony’s original XA (extreme aspherical) elements that the manufacturer says will reduce aberration throughout the entire zoom, and aperture range delivering the ultimate resolution. The lens also features a near-circular 11 blade aperture to deliver some beautiful bokeh.

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-angle Zoom Lens will retail for about $2,200 USD, and is set to begin shipping August 2017. You can pre-order here.

The technical specifications for the lens:

  1. MOUNT: Sony E-mount
  2. FORMAT: 35 mm full frame
  3. FOCAL LENGTH (MM): 16–35
  4. 35 MM EQUIVALENT FOCAL LENGTH (APS-C): 24–52.5
  5. LENS GROUPS / ELEMENTS: 13–16
  6. ANGLE OF VIEW (35 MM): 107°–63°
  7. ANGLE OF VIEW (APS-C): 83°–44° 2
  8. MAXIMUM APERTURE (F): 2.8
  9. MINIMUM APERTURE (F): 22
  10. APERTURE BLADES: 11
  11. CIRCULAR APERTURE: Yes
  12. MINIMUM FOCUS DISTANCE: 0.92 ft (0.28 m)
  13. MAXIMUM MAGNIFICATION RATIO (X): 0.62
  14. FILTER DIAMETER (MM): 82
  15. IMAGE STABILIZATION (STEADYSHOT): Body-integrated
  16. ZOOM SYSTEM: Manual
  17. HOOD TYPE: Petal shape, bayonet type

Meanwhile, the new FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens is Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens ever. The lens boasts some excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution, as well as featuring a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM), which produces fast, quiet, and accurate auto-focus. There’s also a customisable focus hold button and focus mode switch, and the unit is both dust and moisture resistant. This makes the new ultra-wide zoom a great pick for both photography and videography.

The FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens will retail for about $1,700 USD, and is set to begin shipping July 2017. You can pre-order here.

The technical specifications for the lens:

  1. MOUNT: Sony E-mount
  2. FORMAT: 35 mm full frame
  3. FOCAL LENGTH (MM): 12–24
  4. 35 MM EQUIVALENT FOCAL LENGTH (APS-C): 18–36
  5. LENS GROUPS / ELEMENTS: 13–17
  6. ANGLE OF VIEW (35 MM): 122°–84°
  7. ANGLE OF VIEW (APS-C): 99°–61°2
  8. MAXIMUM APERTURE (F): 4
  9. MINIMUM APERTURE (F): 22
  10. APERTURE BLADES: 7
  11. CIRCULAR APERTURE: Yes
  12. MINIMUM FOCUS DISTANCE: 0.92 ft (0.28 m)
  13. MAXIMUM MAGNIFICATION RATIO (X): 0.14
  14. IMAGE STABILIZATION (STEADYSHOT): Body-integrated
  15. ZOOM SYSTEM: Manual
  16. HOOD TYPE: Petal shape, fixed type
About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.

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