New FE Lens Announced - Zeiss 16-35mm F4.0

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Dandrewk Senior Member • Posts: 1,094
New FE Lens Announced - Zeiss 16-35mm F4.0
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Not really a surprise, but there it is.

"Midyear". No prices yet.

Who's in? (raises hand)

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So you announced it?

Source? Link?

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nandbytes Senior Member • Posts: 5,573
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Zeisschen wrote:

So you announced it?

Source? Link?

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/surprise-sony-also-announces-the-new-zeiss-fe-16-35mm-f4-0-fe-lens/

I know its a SAR link but they don't lie about such things. I personally don't care for this lens anymore but if you do I am sure you can follow the story

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Edmond Dantes Regular Member • Posts: 331
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Was hoping we'd have some specs and/or price on it.  I'm hoping it will be similarly compact to the 10-18.  I've been plenty happy with that lens essentially using it as a 14mm prime on the A7.  They'll have to make a good case to make me buy that lens considering the respectable performance of the 10-18.  Reasonable price and excellent performance are a must.

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Dandrewk OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,094
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Zeisschen wrote:

So you announced it?

Source? Link?

Gee, ya think maybe it was Sony who announced it along with the A77ii?  Now wouldn't that make  a bit more sense?

Let Google be your friend.

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spacemn Senior Member • Posts: 1,590
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pew pew wrote:

I am happy it is 16-35mm and not 14-24mm. The E 10-18mm can be used as the FF 14-16mm lens

The 16-35mm will have a 24-52mm FF equivalent field of view on APS-C, which means you get a  useful very wide to normal field of view on spread on the A7 and the A6000.

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Zeisschen Regular Member • Posts: 196
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Sorry I actually checked Sonyalpharumors after reading this but didn't scroll down to find the 16-35 announcement.

I'll get it to answer your question

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As long as it is reasonably sized (which it should be at f4) and the corners are decent at 16mm, then this will fill a major gap in the FE lens lineup, and it will be the lens that drives a lot of potential landscape photographers over to the Sony A7/r system. Don't mess this one up Sony, don't make it average like the 24-70.

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Probably with roots of

http://kurtmunger.com/konica_minolta_af_17_35mm_f_2_8_4id225.html and

http://kurtmunger.com/minolta_af_17_35mm_f_3_5_gid127.html

and hoppfuly not with price of

http://kurtmunger.com/sony_cz_16_35mm_f_2_8id96.html

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jmbillings Regular Member • Posts: 189
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I'm interested in this, I fear it'll be priced excessively though, £1500 or something crazy, in which case I probably won't get it.

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NumberOne Senior Member • Posts: 2,926
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Dandrewk wrote:

Not really a surprise, but there it is.

"Midyear". No prices yet.

Who's in? (raises hand)

Thank you very much for posting.

Will buy it - I was waiting for an ultra-wide (F2.8/F4) zoom since the announcement of the A7 - but definitively would have preferred a 12-24 or 14-24/28/36, specially because 'FF 16mm' is not wide enough in many occasions!

Guess I have to live with that (or buy a '14mm FFL', when available)...

In fact, I do understand Sony (market) option/decision - 16-35 & 24-70 are zoom standards - but definitively I think there's too much overlap; there's no overlap if you buy the 70-200 F4, for instance...

Therefore, if the 28-135 F4 turns to be as good as the 24-70 aperture sibling, I may consider selling the latter; and again I can't understand why not offering a 35-105/135 F4, if one has to buy a 16-35 zoom...

Just my opinion, of course, but it looks to me that Sony is more interested in creating standard lenses&zooms than having a (FE) lens range that makes sense!

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if it's weather sealed, fast focusing lens with great sharpness even at F4.0 then it's gonna be the reason to switch to A7 heaven..

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Astrophotographer 10 Senior Member • Posts: 6,682
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The 28-135 sounds more useful if ts good. The 24-70 was controversial so lets hope these 2 zooms are high quality with no question marks over their performance.

Greg.

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Grafix Inredning Forum Member • Posts: 62
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Sign me up! But I wouldn't say that the lens has been announced any more than it was back when it was called a "wide angle zoom", only focal range (perfect for my needs!) has been added in a road map but nothing else. No images, no data (Size? Weight?), price? Launch date?

But it's interesting to see that it looks like Sony will release five new lenses, maybe not at the same time, but likely very soon.

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jmbillings wrote:

I'm interested in this, I fear it'll be priced excessively though, £1500 or something crazy, in which case I probably won't get it.

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Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR is $1250 US, so my guess is about that price.  Being for mirrorless the lens could be cheaper, but my guess is Sony will use that for increased profit instead

Eric

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NumberOne wrote:

Therefore, if the 28-135 F4 turns to be as good as the 24-70 aperture sibling, I may consider selling the latter; and again I can't understand why not offering a 35-105/135 F4, if one has to buy a 16-35 zoom...

The 28-135mm appears to be a power zoom, so it is probably a full frame version of something like the PZ 18-105mm, or in other words, something aimed at video users?

Eric

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dkloi Senior Member • Posts: 1,901
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Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

The 28-135 sounds more useful if ts good. The 24-70 was controversial so lets hope these 2 zooms are high quality with no question marks over their performance.

This lens look to be more suited for Cinema/ENG rather than stills. You can see it here, not exactly compact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR1FWoPwwa0#t=346

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jmbillings Regular Member • Posts: 189
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viking79 wrote:

jmbillings wrote:

I'm interested in this, I fear it'll be priced excessively though, £1500 or something crazy, in which case I probably won't get it.

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Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR is $1250 US, so my guess is about that price. Being for mirrorless the lens could be cheaper, but my guess is Sony will use that for increased profit instead

Eric

Indeed - given my old A-Mount  35 / 1.8 was about £150 and the FE 55 1.8 is, what £800 or so? I'm not hopeful...

(although I understand the Zeiss FE is better quality than the cheapy 35mm!)

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qianp2k Forum Pro • Posts: 10,350
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I have not seen the official links except in sonyalpharumors

But this is a good news and hope it has excellent optical quality as good as Nikon 16-35/4.0 VR.  Then together with future A7 II (with A6000 AF) and A7R already own, FE 35/55, and FE 70-200/4.0 OSS, it will be a dream traveling package to me to leave bulky 5DIII at home.  But I also will wait and see future 6D II and hope it has a much better sensor then which still can use EF lenses natively such as the best EF 24-70L/2.8 II although still somewhat big/heavy.

Sony screwed up FE 24-70 and hope it does right this time with FE 16-35.

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