Sony has announced the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS for its E-mount interchangeable lens cameras, as well as the HVL-F32M flash and XLR-K2M XLR audio adaptor kit. The 16-35mm is the fifth full-frame zoom for Sony's Alpha 7 series. As the 'FE' indicates, the lens is fully compatible with Sony's full-frame E-mount camera bodies as well as its APS-C models. It offers Optical Steady Shot stabilization and is dust and moisture-resistant. 

Also introduced is the HVL-F32M flash for Alpha cameras, providing a guide number of 32 with a dust and moisture-resistant construction. The XLR-K2M XLR adaptor kit is also introduced, with an audio input for compatible cameras including the a7-series and Sony Cyber-shot RX10, as well as a shotgun microphone.

Available in November, the Vario Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS will cost $1350. The HVL-F32M flash will be available in December for $300, and the XLR-K2M XLR adaptor kit will be available in October for $600.

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Sony Introduces New ZEISS 16-35mm F4 Wide Angle Zoom Lens for E-mount Cameras

Also Debuts a Variety of Exciting Accessories for α System

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 2014 – Packing a serious amount of imaging power into a light, compact frame, the new Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) lens offers photo enthusiasts a compelling choice for wide-angle photography including landscapes, architecture and more. 

A natural match for the acclaimed α7 Series of 35mm full-frame cameras, the new Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS is Sony’s fifth full-frame zoom lens developed for the E-mount system, joining the Sony FE 28-70mm (model SEL2870), ZEISS 24-70mm F4 (model SEL2470Z), 70-200mm F4 G (model SEL70200G) and 28-135mm F4 G Power Zoom (model SELP28135G) lenses.

The new Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS wide-angle zoom lens features an uncompromising optical design with five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements. This ensures outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness, while reducing distortion and minimizing color aberration

A signature of ZEISS lenses, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS features T* coating on its optical surfaces which minimizes flare and ghosting and boosts contrast, clarity and depth with landscape shots and strongly backlit scenes. It also has a constant F4 maximum aperture, allowing photographers to achieve beautiful background defocus effects with a shallow depth of field at all focal lengths. The lens is equipped with Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization and is dust and moisture resistant, allowing it to perform well in tough shooting environments. 

Sony α Lenses Assortment

With the addition of the new Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS, the E-mount lens family now includes 24 different lenses and adapters, including several other premium options from ZEISS® and Sony’s G Series Lenses:  

  • E 16mm F2.8
  • E 20mm F2.8
  • E 35mm F1.8 OSS
  • E 50mm F1.8 OSS
  • E 30mm F3.5 Macro
  • E 24mm F1.8 ZEISS
  • E 10-18mm F4 OSS
  • E PZ 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 18-55mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS
  • E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS LE
  • E PZ 18-200mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 55-210mm F4.5 – F6.3 OSS
  • E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
  • E 16-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
  • FE 28-70mm F3.5 – 5.6 OSS
  • FE 35mm F2.8 ZEISS
  • FE 55mm F1.8 ZEISS
  • FE 24-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
  • FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
  • FE 28-135mm F4 G OSS
  • FE 16-35mm F4 ZEISS OSS

New Sony α Accessories

Sony has also introduced a range of new accessories for their α (alpha) mount camera system including the compact HVL-F32M flash. Rated at a generous GN32 guide number, the flash head can be adjusted in a variety of directions for pro-style bounce effects and has a variety of advanced flash functions including ADI flash metering, high-speed sync and Auto White Balance, and is dust and moisture resistant.  

The new XLR-K2M XLR adaptor kit provides pro-style balanced audio input to α7 Series cameras plus the α99, Cyber-shot™ RX10 and NEX-VG900 interchangeable lens camcorder, and comes paired with the ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone.

Additionally, the RMT-VP1K wireless remote kit lets photographers enjoy 'hands-off' control of cameras functions including shutter release, start / stop movie recording and zoom. There is also a stylish new LCS-PCS7 system bag that’s an ideal match for the α7 Series of cameras.  

Pricing and Availability

The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) full-frame wide-angle zoom lens will be available this November for about $1350.

The HVL-F32M flash will be available this December for about $300.

The XLR-K2M XLR adaptor kit will be available this October for about $600.

The RMT-VP1K wireless remote kit will be available this November for about $70.

The LCS-PCS7 system bag will be available this October for about $160.

The new lens and accessories will all be sold at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Sony Vario Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length16–35 mm
Image stabilisationYes (Optical Steady Shot)
Lens mountSony FE
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements12
Groups10
Special elements / coatings5 Aspherical 3 ED Glass
Focus
Minimum focus0.28 m (11.02)
Maximum magnification0.19×
AutofocusYes
Full time manualYes
Focus methodExtending front
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight518 g (1.14 lb)
Diameter78 mm (3.07)
Length99 mm (3.88)
SealingYes
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread72.0 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo