Sony Announces Two New Wide-Angle E-Mount Lenses

This week Sony unveiled two new premium wide-angle zoom lenses for their Full-Frame E-Mount camera systems. And, while we haven't gotten a chance to get any hands-on time with the new glass, I have had the great fortune of seeing multiple sample images taken with each and if you're an E-Mount owner, these lenses are promising edge-to-edge sharpness and buttery bokeh and everything you expect out of a high-performance lens.

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

Rounding out Sony's lineup of large aperture  G-Master zoom lenses, which includes the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS, Sony unveiled the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM. Dust and moisture-resistant, the FE 16-35 F2.8 features an 11-blade aperture design and a constant F2.8 max aperture across the entire zoom range, guaranteeing beautiful bokeh. It also features two DDSSMs (Direct Drive SSM) for quick and silent AF when shooting stills or recording videos.

In terms of lens construction, there are five aspherical elements -- two XA (extreme aspherical), two ED (Extra-low Dispersion), and one Nano AR coating. Combined, Sony says this lens will boast corner-to-corner maximum sharpness with reduced aberration and internal reflections.

In addition to an AF/MF focus mode switch, the FE 16-35 F2.8 also features a customizable focus hold button as well as a hood release button. This lens weighs 24oz (680g).

Key Features
  • Sony E-mount
  • 35 mm full frame
  • 16-35mm
    • 24-52.5mm (APS-C)
  • 107°-63° Angle of View
    • 83°-44° 2 (APS-C)
  • F2.8 Max Aperture
  • F22 Min Aperture
  • 11 Aperture Blades (Circular)
  • 0.92 ft (0.28 m) Min Focus Distance
  • 0.62 Max Magnification Ratio
  • 82mm Filter
  • Manual Zoom
  • Petal shape, bayonet type lens hood

The new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-angle Zoom Lens will carry a $2,200 MSRP and ship this August (2017). You can pre-order today at Amazon.com:

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

The new FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom is also dust and moisture-resistant, featuring three ED glass elements, one Super ED glass element, Sony's AR coating, and DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) for quick and quiet AF performance in still photography and video recording.

Soon to be the widest full-frame E-mount lens available, the FE 12-24 F4 also features an F4 constant max aperture across the zoom range and weighs only 20z (565g), making it perfect for landscape, architecture, and interior subjects. In addition to an AF/MF focus mode switch, the lens also features a customizable focus hold button.

Key Features
  • Sony E-mount
  • 35 mm full frame
  • 12-24mm
    • 18-36mm (APS-C)
  • 122°-84° Angle of View
    • 99°-61°2 (APS-C)
  • F4 Max Aperture
  • F22 Min Aperture
  • 7 Aperture Blades (Circular)
  • 0.92 ft (0.28 m) Min Focus Distance
  • 0.14 Max Magnification
  • Manual Zoom
  • Petal shape, fixed type lens hood

The new FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra Wide-angle Zoom Lens will carry a $1,700 MSRP and ship this July (2017). You can pre-order today at Amazon.com:

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