Sony announces FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II

Sony’s new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II updates the third of its trio of GM collection F2.8 zooms in a ten% smaller and 20% lighter package deal. Sony additionally guarantees improved corner-to-corner sharpness, diminished chromatic aberrations and improved close-up efficiency all the way down to 22 cm. This units the bar fairly excessive, as its predecessor, from 2017, already carried out very effectively.

Focus is achieved by two independently transferring focus teams pushed by 4 XD ‘excessive dynamic’ linear motors (two per group) which permit the lens to focus all the way down to 22 cm (8.7″). The lens consists of 15 components in 12 teams, together with three excessive aspherical components and one extra-low dispersion (to scale back chromatic aberration), one ED aspherical factor and one standard aspherical lens.

The lens has rings for zoom, focus and aperture, with a swap to maneuver between clean and and clickable aperture and an iris lock swap to forestall unintentional modifications. There are additionally two customizable focus maintain buttons.

For video customers, Sony additionally says focus is silent and the lens helps blackout-free video as much as 30fps and AF monitoring whereas zooming. Focus respiratory is said to be ‘minimal’ and may be additional diminished by the respiratory compensation perform on appropriate cameras.

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II turns into the 74th E-mount lens and the 51st full body E-mount lens from Sony.

Pricing and availability

The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II can be out there in September at a value of at $2,299.99 / $3,099.99 CAD.

Press Launch

Sony Electronics Introduces the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II Full-frame Zoom G Grasp lens, the World’s Smallest and Lightest[1] Full-frame F2.8 Vast-Angle Zoom Lens

SAN DIEGO, CA. August 29, 2023 — Sony Electronics broadcasts the launch of the wide-angle zoom lens G-MasterTM FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II, a 35mm full-frame αTM (AlphaTM) E-mount lens that covers focal lengths from 16mm to 35mm with a most aperture of F2.8 over the complete zoom vary.

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II (mannequin SEL1635GM2) satisfies the wants of photographers and videographers in search of high-performance lenses, and with the descriptive energy and high-speed AF (autofocus) distinctive to G Grasp, it’s potential to totally carry out the excessive efficiency of our superior digicam our bodies. With the enlargement of this wide-angle zoom lens, a most aperture of F2.8 second-generation[2] zoom lens can be out there, together with customary (24-70mm/ SEL2470GM2) and telephoto (70-200mm/SEL70200GM2). These lenses, that are every the world’s lightest of their class[1] have glorious decision efficiency, additional strengthening the Alpha system, by capturing wealthy and diversified capturing

“The most recent FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II solutions the decision for all creators who need the very best efficiency lens within the lightest physique,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Options, Sony Electronics Inc.

World’s smallest and lightest[1] high-resolution F2.8 wide-angle zoom lens

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II has a brand new optical design that successfully arranges the extraordinarily excessive floor precision XA (excessive aspherical) lens which achieves excessive decision with a most aperture of F2.8 over the complete zoom vary. That is made potential by creating an aspherical form with the next diploma of freedom than earlier than. Along with the beautiful G-Grasp bokeh expression with a large angle, it gives an impressive close-up efficiency all through the zoom vary, a minimal capturing distance of 0.22m and a most capturing magnification of 0.32x. Sony’s authentic Nano AR Coating II suppresses ghosting and flares to seize clear photos even when a powerful gentle supply comes into the body. That is the world’s smallest and lightest[1] wide-angle zoom lens with a complete size of 111.5mm and
a weight of roughly 547g, which is about 20% lighter[3] than the first-generation mannequin.

Terribly quick and exact AF that brings out the very best in superior our bodies

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II contains the most recent XD (excessive dynamic) linear motors that successfully work on high-speed drive. It achieves quiet AF that’s appropriate for each nonetheless photos and flicks and is as much as twice as quick as standard fashions[4]. Even with excessive body charge movies the place focus shifts are noticeable, the topic is tracked with excessive precision. When mixed with the Alpha 1 digicam physique, high-speed steady capturing[4] at as much as 30 fps is feasible with high-speed, high-precision, and quiet focusing.

Operability and reliability for snug capturing of each nonetheless photos and flicks

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II gives snug operability and glorious nonetheless picture and film capturing efficiency that meets the wants {of professional} and superior hobbyist customers. By decreasing focus respiratory throughout video recording in comparison with earlier fashions, it’s potential to attain high-quality picture expression with out fluctuations within the angle of view. As well as, it suppresses the motion of the middle of gravity throughout zooming and allows steady capturing, so any person can shoot comfortably with a gimbal. Operability has additionally been improved with options comparable to an aperture ring that may be clicked on/off with a swap, and two focus maintain buttons that may be assigned a desired perform from the digicam physique.

Fluorine coating is utilized to the entrance lens, so filth adhering to the lens floor may be simply eliminated. The dustproof and splash-resistant design permits the digicam for use safely even outdoor[5]giving better freedom in capturing.

Pricing and Availability

The brand new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II can be out there in Fall 2023 at a wide range of Sony approved sellers for about MSRP $2,299.99 USD, $3,099.99 CAN.

[1] As of the August 2023 product announcement. In comparison with full-frame F2.8 16-35 mm zoom lenses that assist autofocus.
Sony survey.

[2] Customary zoom lens “FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM II” / Telephoto zoom lens “FE 70-200 mm F2.8 GM OSS II”

[3] In comparison with” FE 16-35 mm F2.8 GM”

[4] With the Alpha 1: “Hello+” steady capturing mode. Efficient at 1/125 sec. or larger shutter pace.

[5] Not assured to be 100% mud and moisture proof.

Principal specificationsLens typeZoom lensMax Format size35mm FFFocal length16–35 mmImage stabilizationNoLens mountSony FEApertureMaximum apertureF2.8Minimum apertureF22Aperture ringYesNumber of diaphragm blades11OpticsElements15Groups12Special components / coatings3 excessive aspherical, 1 aspherical, 1 ED aspherical, 2 ED, 1 tremendous ED components, Nano AR & fluorine coatingsFocusMinimum focus0.22 m (8.66″)Most magnification0.32×AutofocusYesMotor typeLinear MotorFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoPhysicalWeight547 g (1.21 lb)Diameter88 mm (3.46″)Length112 mm (4.41″)MaterialsMagnesium alloySealingYesColourBlackZoom methodRotary (extending)Energy zoomNoZoom lockNoFilter thread82 mmHood suppliedYesTripod collarNo