Sony’s FE16-35mm f2.8 G master is a wide-zoom for E-mount mirrorless cameras. It can also be used on full-frame bodies. It has a good to excellent optical quality, a useful range of 2.2x which, at 35mm, Sony 16-35 Black Friday Deals 2021 almost reaches “normal” focal distance for general use. This means that you will swap lenses less often than with extreme ranges like 12-24mm and 14-24mm. The lens has a bright, constant f2.8 focal ratio and is lightweight and well protected from the elements. Standard filters can also be used with it, even though they are 82mm in diameter. This lens is not recommended for Highly because of its soft performance. Its inner circle is between 24mm to 35mm, which isn’t in line with its high price tag of over 2000 EUR/USD. This is the reason why we have not given this lens our highest rating. The Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM is still a worthy recommendation.
Sony’s FE16-35mm f2.8 G Master ultra-wide zoom is designed for its emount mirrorless cameras and can be adjusted for full-frame bodies. It was announced in May 2017 and joined the FE 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, and FE 24-70mm f2.8 lenses. Sony’s second lens to have a floating focus mechanism that shifts two groups at once, the FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM, was also announced. This will allow the lens to deliver very high resolution across its entire focusing range, even at close up, and reduce focus breathing. For quiet, smooth and fast focusing, both groups can be driven by Direct DriveSMs. The front element is coated with fluorine, weather-sealed and equipped with a focus hold button that can be set up within the camera. Nano AR coating will reduce flare and ghosting.
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To determine if the Sony FE16-35mm f2.8 GM deserves a recommendation, I tested it on the 42MP Sony A7R III body and compared it to the Tamron 17-24mm f2.8 Di III. If you are looking for a wide-angle constant f2.8 aperture wide angle zoom lens to fit your full-frame Sony mirrorless camera, then you have come to the right place. Size (diameter and length): 89x121mm (3.5×4.8in.). Plus 23mm for the lens cover, which measures 107mm in size. Zooming in to 16mm focal length increases the lens’ length by 14mm, to a total length 158mm. This is quite a long lens. The Tamron measures 73x99mm + 25mm lens cover and doesn’t change its length when zooming. The Sony ZA measures 78 x 99mm with no lens hood. Weight: 680g (24.0 oz.) Plus 31g for the lens cover. The Tamron weighs 420g + 22g lens hood; the Sony ZA weighs 518g + 31g lens hood. Optics: 16 elements, including 5 aspherical and 2 special dispersion elements. They are organized in 13 groups. This is a complex design. The Tamron 13/11 elements/groups are similar to the Sony ZA
The closest distance to focus is 0.26m (10.2in.). Manual focus at 35mm focal length with magnification of 1:14.8 This is very useful, but it leaves you with a 12 cm (4.7in.) working distance. At 0.46m (1.5ft.), a magnification of 1:10 can be achieved. Giving a working distance 0.30m (1.0ft.). With lens hood attached. The Tamron is able to reduce to 1:14.3 at 17mm focal length, but it has a shorter working distance of just 6 cm. Maximum magnification for the Sony ZA is 1:5.3 at 0.28m. Filter-thread: 82.5mm Tamron uses smaller filters that are cheaper and smaller than the Tamron. The filter-thread on the Sony ZA is 72mm.
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Image stabilization: Like the Tamron, the Tamron lens does not offer optical stabilization. Modern Sony bodies have built-in sensor shift stabilization for 5 axis. The Sony ZA comes with its own optical stabilizer. Yes. You can manually override the focus ring by turning it. The linear gearing of the focus ring allows for precise manual focus as well as smooth focus pulling for videographers. It has a throw that is 140 degrees. Additional focus hold buttons can be added to the Sony GM. Non-linear gearing is available on the Tamron. Covers full frame and smaller. Similar to the competition The Tamron’s price is less than half (1000 EUR/900 USD), but it has a smaller zoom-range. The Sony ZA, with its f4.0 focal rate, costs 1050 EUR / 1350 USD. 
The lens case comes with a nice, padded case. However, it does not include a strap. It includes a lens hood that can be reversible and has a lock to prevent the lens from falling off accidentally. The Tamron lens case for the Sony ZA is also included. It does not include a pouch/strap. Aperture ring: Yes, just like the Tamron or Sony ZA. Sealing: Yes, there is a rubber grommet on the lens-mount and further weather sealing throughout the construction. The front lens has a fluorine coating for easy cleaning. Similar to the Tamron or Sony ZA.
The score in the “features-department” is 0[-]/6/6. This lens features a useful zoom-range of f2.8 focal ratio, good weather sealing, and a very useful zoom range. A focus hold button, lockable lens cover, and nice case are all welcome features. The lens comes at a high price. Sony wanted this lens to deliver both high performance and consistent performance across its focal range. It does both. The addition of 2 XA (Extreme Aspherical) elements to its design complements three aspherical elements, all of which help it achieve both its remarkable resolution and . The bokeh is made even more appealing by the 11-blade, rounded aperture. Sony also included a dust- and water-resistant design and nano AR coatings to reduce flare and ghosting. The new Sony FE 16/35mm lens scores new heights in wide-angle zoom lenses. It also has a category record score of Sharpness. This is both when compared with other E-mount lenses as well as what is possible using high-end lenses for different mounts. It scored 42 overall and a Sharpness score 34 when shot on the Sony A7R II. It is evident that the Sony A7R II body was a strong choice for the testing. However, it needs a high-quality lens to get the most out of the top-of the-line camera body.
The Sony’s image quality is a huge strength. This is a relief to those who are used to having to remind their lenses to be strong at certain parts of their range. Sony’s sharpness is superior to its competitors across its entire zoom range.
It is also notable for its light transmission. It may seem uninteresting to mention that a lens rated at f/2.8 has a T-Stop value of 2.9. However, it is far superior to its competition. It is in the middle of the pack for easy to address in post-processing — and has relatively little chromatic aberration, which is something much harder to correct after the fact.
Although this lens is not as good as the rest, and some lenses (like the Canon) do not offer an E-mount model, it can still be useful to compare it with the best lenses available. These lenses perform best when used with high-end cameras bodies like the Sony A7R II that we tested. If you’re using an older model, or one with an , be sure to click on our interactive test results to get an idea of how well the lens can be expected to perform with your camera. We compare the Sony and Canon’s top-ofthe-line, similarly-priced Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens mounted onto a Canon EOS 5DSR.
The one area where the Sony lens falls behind the Canon lens in geometric adata-cmtooltip=”The extent to which a lens can’t render straight lines within a scene as straight lines when it is finished. Sony 16-35 Black Friday Deals 2021 suffering from slightly more than the Canon across its entire focal range, with the problem getting worse at the longer end. Geometric distortion can be fixed if the software includes a profile of your lens.