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

Started May 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
EinsteinsGhost Forum Pro • Posts: 11,977
Re: New FE Lens Announced - Zeiss 16-35mm F4.0

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!

Best regards,

Zoom lenses tend to be optimized for their mid FL rather than extremes. I don't expect this to be an exception. Note that the excellent 10-18 is at its best between 12-15, and FE24-70 is at its best at 35. The ultra wide zoom will likely be at its best in 20-28 range. This is also why FLs tend to be overlapped.

By not going wider, Sony likely opted to allow use of filters. I was expecting this lens to be 16-28 (sort of 10-18 APSc equiv), and still compliment both normal zooms (24-70 and 28-70). So, the 28-35 is actually a bonus. I expect it to be comparable in size to the normal zooms, and priced $1200-1400 (would have been much larger and expensive as a 2.8 lens).

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