Sony widens its horizons with new full-frame Zeiss lens

Sony 16-35mm lens
The new 16-35mm lens expands Sony's range of full-frame offerings

Sony has introduced a new lens for its range of E-Mount full-frame cameras in the shape of a 16-35mm f/4 FE Zeiss lens.

The new lens is designed to complement the existing 24-70 and 70-200mm zoom lenses which are available for Sony's E-mount full-frame bodies including the A7, the A7R and the A7S.

You can also use the lens with the APS-C sensor cameras in Sony's range, but a crop factor of 1.5x will be applied giving an equivalent focal length of 24-52.5mm, making it a good choice as a walk around lens.

The lens design features five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements. This is to help achieve sharp corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness while keeping distortion and aberration to a minimum.


It also features T* coating on optical surfaces in order to minimise ghosting and flare while boosting contrast, clarity and depth for landscapes and strongly backlit scenes.

Throughout the focal length, the lens features a constant f/4 maximum aperture, while it also features optical steady shot in-lens image stabilisation to assist with low light shooting without needing to boost the ISO setting.

The lens is also dust and moisture resistant, just like the A7 range of cameras.

The Sony 16-35mm f/4 FE Zeiss lens price has yet to be confirmed, but it will be available to buy from November.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.