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Sony Announces Two New Wide-Angle Full-Frame Lenses
By Joanna Lentini, May 17, 2017 @ 03:10 PM (EST)

Sony has introduced two new wide-angle lenses to its full-frame E-mount lens line-up. The FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and the 12-24mm f/4 G should be of great interest to underwater photographers. The FE 12-24mm is now Sony’s widest lens, which has the company’s full-frame E-mount line covering focal lengths from ultra-wide 12mm to super telephoto 800mm (with converter).

The ultra-wide-angle 12-24mm zoom lens features four aspherical elements, aimed at ensuring great corner-to-corner sharpness and resolution. Three ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element are designed to minimize chromatic aberration across the entire image. The lens also includes a Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor (DDSSM) for quick and quiet AF performance—with a customizable focus hold button. The lens will be well suited for both still and video shooters. 

With the introduction of 16-35mm, Sony has nicely rounded out their collection of large aperture zoom lenses. The FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens fits nicely beside the 24-70mm GM and 70-200mm GM OSS, both f/2.8 lenses. This is Sony’s first wide-angle G Master model and features five aspherical elements for corner to corner sharpness and aberration reduction for the entire zoom and aperture range. As with the new 12-24mm, the 16-35mm features DDSSM for fast, quiet auto-focusing, which should be beneficial for both still and video shooters.

The FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM is shipping in August for about $2,200, while the FE 12-24mm f/4 G is shipping in July for around $1,700. In the coming days, we will take a closer look at the lenses and how they recently performed underwater—stay tuned!


Sony Introduces Two New Wide-Angle Full-Frame E-Mount Lenses
New 16-35mm F2.8 GM completes the E-mount F2.8 G Master “trinity”; 12-24mm F4 G covers widest angle among all full-frame E-mount lenses

SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2017 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced two new additions to their growing lineup of full-frame E-mount lenses.

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 SEL1635GM lens brings 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 new SEL1224G, Sony’s widest E-mount full-frame lens to date, offers a dynamic new perspective for all Sony E-mount shooters. In total, Sony’s full-frame E-mount lens line-up now covers from the ultra-wide 12mm to super-telephoto 800mm (with teleconverter) focal length range.

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

New FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

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 line-up 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, maximising 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 deliver ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom range and aperture range. 

The front XA element on the SEL1635GM is the largest XA element ever produced, ensuring optimum quality. There are also two ED (Extra low-Dispersion) glass elements that keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximising resolution, and Sony’s original Nano AR coating that suppresses internal reflections to ensure excellent image contrast and clarity.

The lens features a near circular aperture shape at all settings, and the combination of the aforementioned XA element with its 11 bladed aperture design produces images with sharply focused subjects and beautifully defocused backgrounds or “bokeh”.It also has two DDSSMs (Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motors) 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 SEL1635GM is dust and moisture resistant[i], 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 customisable focus hold button and a hood release button. 

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

New FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

A uniquely designed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, weighing approximately 566g.Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens, it offers a dynamic perspective for landscape, architecture and interior photography, and is well-suited for both stills and video shooting.

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 that minimises chromatic aberration throughout the entire image and benefits from Sony’s original Nano AR coating.

The new SEL1224G lens includes a DDSSM (Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor) for fast, quiet and precise AF performance, plus a customisable focus hold button and focus mode switch. It is also dust and moisture resistant.1

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-angle Zoom Lens will ship this August and will be sold for about $2,200 US and $3,000 CA.

The new FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra wide-angle Zoom Lens will ship this July sold for about $1,700 US and $2,300 CA.

(1) Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.


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