Go wide, go fast with Sony’s new 16-35mm F2.8 lens

Sony’s FE 16-35mm F2.8 zoom is the first ultra wide angle lens in its premium G Master series. (“FE” means full-frame e-mount.) With a constant maximum aperture of F2.8, it’s also fast, making it great not just for landscape photography but street scenes at night or interior architecture.

What’s the difference between Sony’s G Master series, G series, and Sony Zeiss lenses?

Sony has introduced three levels of lenses. The most economical lenses come with no particular designation. The G series is mid-tier, and includes the FE 12-24mm F4 G, FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS and FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS. It’s worth noting that despite “only” being a G series lens, the FE 90mm is one of the best macro lenses available for any system.

The G Master, or GM, series is for Sony’s professional-grade lenses. These lenses are optimized for high resolution and perfect bokeh when mounted on Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras. They also command the highest price. G Master lenses include the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM, FE 85mm F1.4 GM and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS.

While the jointly designed Sony Zeiss lenses also focus on high resolution, they are optimized for contrast rather than bokeh.

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PictureModelAnnouncedTypeCategoryMin. Focal LengthMax. Focal LengthMax. ApertureAuto FocusMin. Focus DistanceWeightDxOMark Rating
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Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GMSony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
201705ZoomWide00001616 mm00003535 mm000000f/2.8Auto0.92 ft (0.28 m)1.5 lb (680 g)No rating available00219800Amazon
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GMSony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM
201602ZoomStandard00002424 mm00002424 mm000000f/2.8Auto1.25 ft (0.38 m)1.95 lb (886 g)3333
Tested on A7R II
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSSSony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
201503ZoomSuper Zoom00002424 mm000240240 mm000000f/3.5 6.3Auto1.64 ft (0.5 m)1.72 lb (780 g)2626
Tested on a7R II
Zeiss Batis Distagon T* FE 25 mm F2Zeiss Batis Distagon T* FE 25 mm F2
201504PrimeWide00002525 mm00002525 mm000000f/2Auto0.66 ft (0.2 m)0.74 lb (335 g)4646
Tested on a7R II
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Sony Zeiss Batis Distagon T* FE 35 mm F1.4 ZASony Zeiss Batis Distagon T* FE 35 mm F1.4 ZA
201503PrimeWide00003535 mm00003535 mm000000f/1.4Auto0.98 ft (0.3 m)1.39 lb (630 g)4444
Tested on a7R II
Sony FE 50mm F2.8 MacroSony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro
201608PrimeStandard00005050 mm00005050 mm000000f/2.8Auto0.52 ft (0.16 m)0.52 lb (236 g)4141
Tested on a7R II
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSSSony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS
201602ZoomTelephoto00007070 mm000200200 mm000000f/2.8Auto3.15 ft (0.96 m)3.26 lb (1480 g)3939
Tested on a7R II
Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSSSony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
201310ZoomTelephoto00007070 mm000200200 mm000000f/4Auto3.28 ft (1 m)1.85 lb (840 g)3434
Tested on a7R II
Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSSSony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS
201603ZoomTelephoto00007070 mm000300300 mm000000f/4.5 5.6Auto2.95 ft (0.9 m)1.88 lb (854 g)2626
Tested on a7R II
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GMSony FE 85mm F1.4 GM
201602PrimeShort Telephoto00008585 mm00008585 mm000000f/1.4Auto2.79 ft (0.85 m)1.81 lb (820 g)4949
Tested on a7R II
Sony FE 85mm F1.8Sony FE 85mm F1.8
201702PrimeShort Telephoto00008585 mm00008585 mm000000f/1.8Auto2.62 ft (0.8 m)0.82 lb (371 g)4646
Tested on a7R II
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSSSony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
201503PrimeShort Telephoto00009090 mm00009090 mm000000f/2.8Auto0.92 ft (0.28 m)1.33 lb (602 g)4747
Tested on a7R II
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSSSony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
201704ZoomSuper Telephoto000100100 mm000400400 mm000000f/4.5 5.6Auto3.21 ft (0.98 m)3.08 lb (1395 g)2929
Tested on A7R II
Lensbaby Velvet 85 F1.8Lensbaby Velvet 85 F1.8
201706PrimeShort Telephoto00008585 mm00008585 mm000000f/1.8Manual Only0.79 ft (0.24 m)1.17 lb (530 g)No rating availableMacro, Soft Focus00049995Amazon
Sony 12-24mm F4 GSony 12-24mm F4 G
201705ZoomUltra Wide00001212 mm00002424 mm000000f/4Auto0.92 ft (0.28 m)1.25 lb (565 g)No rating available00169800Amazon
Voigtlander 65mm F2 Macro Apo-LantharVoigtlander 65mm F2 Macro Apo-Lanthar
201707PrimeStandard00006565 mm00006565 mm000000f/2Manual Only1.02 ft (0.31 m)1.38 lb (625 g)No rating availableMacro00089900Amazon
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
201409ZoomWide00001616 mm00003535 mm000000f/4Auto0.92 ft (0.28 m)1.14 lb (518 g)3333
Tested on A7R II
Lensbaby Velvet 56 F1.6Lensbaby Velvet 56 F1.6
201504PrimeStandard00005656 mm00005656 mm000000f/1.6Manual Only0.43 ft (0.13 m)0.9 lb (410 g)No rating availableMacro, Soft Focus00044990Amazon
Venus Laowa 15mm F4 Wide Angle MacroVenus Laowa 15mm F4 Wide Angle Macro
201506PrimeUltra Wide00001515 mm00001515 mm000000f/2Manual Only0.39 ft (0.12 m)0.9 lb (410 g)No rating available00049400Amazon
Samyang Rokinon 50mm F1.4Samyang Rokinon 50mm F1.4
201605PrimeStandard00005050 mm00005050 mm000000f/1.4Manual Only1.48 ft (0.45 m)1.18 lb (535 g)No rating available00036900Amazon
Samyang Rokinon 14mm F2.8Samyang Rokinon 14mm F2.8
201608PrimeUltra Wide00001414 mm00001414 mm000000f/2.8Manual Only0.92 ft (0.28 m)1.21 lb (550 g)No rating available00024900Amazon
Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSSony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OS
201702PrimeTelephoto000100100 mm000100100 mm000000f/2.8Auto1.87 ft (0.57 m)1.54 lb (700 g)3434
Tested on a7R II
Samyang Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide FisheyeSamyang Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye
201409PrimeUltra Wide00001212 mm00001212 mm000000f/2.8Manual Only0.66 ft (0.2 m)1.14 lb (515 g)No rating availableFisheye00034900Amazon
Samyang Rokinon 20mm F1.8 Wide AngleSamyang Rokinon 20mm F1.8 Wide Angle
201608PrimeUltra Wide00002020 mm00002020 mm000000f/1.8Manual Only0.66 ft (0.2 m)1.16 lb (525 g)No rating available00044400Amazon
Samyang Rokinon 24mm F3.5 Tilt Shift Samyang Rokinon 24mm F3.5 Tilt Shift
201209PrimeWide00002424 mm00002424 mm000000f/3.5Manual Only0.66 ft (0.2 m)1.62 lb (734 g)No rating availableTilt Shift00089950Amazon
Samyang Rokinon 35mm F1.4Samyang Rokinon 35mm F1.4
201704PrimeStandard00003535 mm00003535 mm000000f/1.4Manual Only0.98 ft (0.3 m)1.57 lb (710 g)No rating available00039900Amazon
Samyang Rokinon 85mm F1.4 Samyang Rokinon 85mm F1.4
201609PrimeShort Telephoto00008585 mm00008585 mm000000f/1.4Manual Only3.28 ft (1 m)1.19 lb (540 g)No rating available00024400Amazon
Samyang Rokinon 100mm F2.8Samyang Rokinon 100mm F2.8
201504PrimeTelephoto000100100 mm000100100 mm000000f/2.8Manual Only1.02 ft (0.31 m)1.61 lb (730 g)No rating available00054900Amazon
Samyang Rokinon 135mm F2.0Samyang Rokinon 135mm F2.0
201501PrimeTelephoto000135135 mm000135135 mm000000f/2Manual Only2.62 ft (0.8 m)1.83 lb (830 g)No rating available00042900Amazon
Sony FE 24-105mm F4Sony FE 24-105mm F4
201710ZoomSuper Zoom00002424 mm000105105 mm000000f/4Auto1.25 ft (0.38 m)1.46 lb (663 g)No rating availableToo low to displayAmazon
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Zeiss Batis Distagon T* FE 18mm F2.8Zeiss Batis Distagon T* FE 18mm F2.8
201604PrimeUltra Wide00001818 mm00001818 mm000000f/2.8Auto0.82 ft (0.25 m)0.73 lb (330 g)No rating available00127400Amazon
Voigtlander Nokton 40mm F1.2 Aspherical Voigtlander Nokton 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
201710PrimeStandard00004040 mm00004040 mm000000f/1.2Manual Only1.15 ft (0.35 m)0.93 lb (420 g)No rating available00099900Amazon
Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8
201509PrimeWide00002121 mm00002121 mm000000f/2.8Manual Only0.82 ft (0.25 m)0.87 lb (394 g)4242
Tested on a7R II

Press Release

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.

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