18 May 2017

Sony adds to E-mount lens lineup

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Landscape Master: The new Sony 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens Landscape Master: The new Sony 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens Sony

One of the factors that has been holding up professionals from adopting Sony's mirrorless cameras has been the relatively limited selection of lenses so far. Happily, this is starting to change.

The newest lenses are a pair of wide angle zoom lenses that will cover a full 35mm sensor.

First up is the $2198 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens, Sony's professional line. Boasting a fast f/2.8 aperture and quite a wide field of view this will probably be quite popular with landscape and architecture photographers in particular.

This lens has an XA front element, an 11-blade aperture design, and dual autofocus motors to drive its floating focus system. Sony believes that it will be quiet enough for filmmaking. This lens is dust and moisture resistant, and the front element includes a fluorine coating to help prevent scratches and smudges.

It also includes a hood release button in addition to a focus hold button. Hopefully, that means that the lens hood won't get lost if the camera gets bumped in the field or on set.

The second lens is even wider, a 12-24 f/4 G lens. This should be great for landscapes and architecture, and it's also quite lightweight at 566g (around 1.2 pounds). The $1698 lens also includes a silent autofocus motor that Sony says will make it suitable for video as well as for stills. Like its bigger brother, it's also dust and moisture resistant, which all professional lenses ought to be.

Sony's expanding lens lineup should help to raise the overall appeal of Sony's camera system, and might even entice some people over from other systems. Some professional photographers who have been very impressed with some of Sony's newer bodies have lamented the comparatively meagre lens options to date. But, between these super wide lenses and the recently announced 400mm lens, Sony is definitely listening.


Rakesh Malik

Rakesh’s exploration into photography began with a trip to the Grand Canyon. The grandeur of the place inspired him to capture and share his experiences. Such grand places required a grand vision, so Rakesh began working with large format film cameras, which he continues to favor for his fine art stills. His love of travel and adventure have lead Rakesh to visit exotic and varied places, from cities such as Kiev and Ronda to wild places like the Serengeti, the Alaskan tundra, the Pampas of Patagonia, and even to lofty heights such as the summits of Mounts Kilimanjaro and Rainier. Lately, in spite of continuing to make captivating still images with film and digital cameras, Rakesh has been applying his photographic skills to motion pictures. While still striving to convey a story with each individual frame, he longer has the limitation of being bound to a single form to tell the story.

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