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Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Full-Frame Lens (2017)

MSRP 2200 USDNeoscore 71%NEX score 75%

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Product Overview

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is a wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2017, it has 16 elements in 13 groups.
Like most zoom lenses, the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is externally-zooming. For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing.
The f/2.8 maximum aperture is quite bright for a wide-angle zoom lens and can be quite valuable for night photography, though an ultra wide-angle lens may prove more interesting. It can also be quite interesting for landscape and general photography. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good center sharpness
  • Weather-sealed
  • Can take front filters
Cons
  • External zoom without zoom lock
  • Very high sample variation

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good optical quality
  • Good image quality
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras and APS-C sensor formats
  • Fully-rigid, petal-shaped hood
  • 2.2x focal length
Cons
  • Lacks focus hold and AF/MF switch
  • Bulky front element
  • Focus breathing at 35mm focal length
  • F/2.8 lens has slightly sharper corners at longer focal lengths
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
11 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Motor
Piezoelectric
Optical Formula | Elements
16 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
13 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
Extreme aspherical & ED elements, Nano AR & fluorine coatings groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
82 mm / 3.23 in
Size | Diameter
89 mm / 3.50 in
Size | Length
122 mm / 4.80 in
Weight
680 g / 24.03 oz

Function

Angle Of View
107.1° Diagonal | 96.7° Horizontal | 73.7° Vertical (wide) ~ 63.5° Diagonal | 54.4° Horizontal | 37.8° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8–22 ~ f/2.8–22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
16 mm ~ 35 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.19x
Min Focus Distance
280 mm / 11.02 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: ALC-SH149 (supplied)
Debut
2017-05-17
Model Name
SEL1635GM

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
Sony's FE 16-35mm f2.8 G Master is a wide zoom for e-mount mirrorless cameras, and corrected for use on full-frame bodies. It offers good to very good optical quality and a useful 2.2x range which at 35mm almost reaches "normal" focal length for general use. The focus ring is 16mm wide and is located at the front-end of the lens. It moves very smoothly and can easily be operated with one finger.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good optical quality
  • 2.2x focal length
  • Good image quality
Cons
  • Bulky front element
  • Focus breathing at 35mm focal length

digitalpicture[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens is compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras, including both full frame and APS-C sensor format models. The f/4 has in-lens OSS (Optical Steady Shot), but lacks the focus hold and AF/MF switch. Sony provides a 1-year limited warranty.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras and APS-C sensor formats
  • Fully-rigid, petal-shaped hood
Cons
  • Lacks focus hold and AF/MF switch
  • F/2.8 lens has slightly sharper corners at longer focal lengths

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-16-35mm-f2-8-gm-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
2. ^ Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-16-35mm-f-2.8-GM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-26.

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