The 16-35 mm zoom is the first wide-angle G Master model, and features exceptional corner-to-corner sharpness, says the company, 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 the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom and aperture range, it notes. The front XA element is the largest XA element ever produced, Sony claims. Additionally, two ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass elements keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution, and Sony’s Nano AR coating suppresses internal reflections to ensure excellent image contrast and clarity.
The lens features a near circular aperture shape at all settings, producing 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.
The 16-35 mm lens 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.
The 12-24 mm lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, notes Sony. weighing in at approximately 20 oz.
The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the lens has three ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element to minimize chromatic aberration throughout the entire image. The lens also includes Sony’s Nano AR coating.
The 12-24 mm lens includes a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) for fast, quiet and precise AF performance, plus a customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch. It is also dust and moisture resistant.
The Sony FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM will ship this August and will be sold for about $3,000.
The FE 12-24 mm f/4 G will ship this July and sell for about $2,300.