The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM provides the constant F2.8 wide-angle zoom that has been so conspicuously absent from the company's full-frame lineup until now. A fast wide-angle zoom is a common element in many photojournalists' camera bags, as well as being a favorite of landscape shooters and will sit alongside the 24-70mm F2.8 and 70-200mm F2.8 GM lenses in a classic trinity of fast zooms.

In common with other G Master lenses, the company says it's designed to achieve good performance even by 50 line pairs / mm standards wide-open and has been designed with bokeh as a consideration through the development process. It also includes extensive internal and external sealing to provide water and weather resistance.

It's built around an internal focus design that uses twin 'Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave' motors: piezoelectric drive elements that can move heavy optical units around quickly with high precision. 

The 16-35mm GM features an 11-blade aperture design. Rounded aperture blades are designed to give near-perfectly circular rendering of out-of-focus detail between F2.8 and F5.6. When you stop down to F16 though, landscape photographers can expect sharp 22-ray sunbursts. 

The lens also includes Sony's 'Nano AR' coating to improve transmission and reduce internal reflections (something especially important on a wide-angle design, which has to accept highly off-axis light rays). A Fluorine coating on the front element helps protect the lens from dirt and fingerprints. The design also incorporates two XA (extreme aspherical) elements.

The 16-35mm F2.8 GM will be available September at a price of $2200.

Press Release

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 FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM 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 12-24mm F4 G, Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens to date, offers a dynamic new perspective for all Sony E-mount shooters. In total, Sony’s full-frame E-mount lens lineup now covers from ultra-wide 12mm to super-telephoto 800mm (with teleconverter) focal length range.

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 lineup 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, maximizing 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 delivers the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom and aperture range. The front XA element on the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is the largest XA element ever produced, ensuring optimum quality. Additionally, two ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass elements keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution, and Sony’s original Nano AR coating 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 blade aperture design produces images with sharply focused subjects and beautifully defocused backgrounds or “bokeh”. It also has two DDSSMs (Direct Drive SSM) 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 FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is also dust and moisture resistant1, 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 customizable focus hold button and a hood release button.

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 in at approximately 20 oz. 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 minimize chromatic aberration throughout the entire image, and also includes Sony’s original Nano AR coating.

The new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens includes a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) for fast, quiet and precise AF performance, plus a customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch. It is also dust and moisture resistant1.

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.

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length16–35 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountSony FE
Maximum apertureF2.8–22
Minimum apertureF2.8–22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades11
Special elements / coatingsExtreme aspherical & ED elements, Nano AR & fluorine coatings
Minimum focus0.28 m (11.02)
Maximum magnification0.19×
Motor typePiezoelectric
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Weight680 g (1.50 lb)
Diameter89 mm (3.5)
Length122 mm (4.8)
MaterialsMagnesium alloy
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread82 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeALC-SH149
Tripod collarNo