You can now preorder the new Sony 16-35mm GM and 12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama.

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You can finally preorder the two new FE lenses here:
16-35mm GM at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.

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Note that since October all our lens rumors proved to be correct (Click on the lens name to read the rumor): 100mm STF, budget 85mm, 100-400mm FE, 16-35mm GM. Thanks sources!

A more detailed coverage of the lenses can be found on SAR here (16-35) and here (12-24). To sum up some of the lens highlights:

16-35mm:
– It is the first Sony lens with a new fly by wire mechanism. It allows reliable manual focusing!
– Unusual for a wide angle zoom is that it has a 11-blade circular aperture which contributes to even greater bokeh quality
– The new GM lens weights only 160g more than the slower Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens. Good job Sony!

12-24mm:
– The lens weights half as much as the Sigma 12-24mm or Canon 11-24mm lens! And MTF graph is on par with the Sigma…promising!
– It is only priced $100 more than the Sigma. This is just to say that unusual for Sony pricing seems to be fair in this case :)
– Just like the new 16-35mm GM also the 12-24mm lens has a new fly by wire focus mechanism
– In first testings this lens is surprisingly resistant to flare. Unusual for such a wide angle zoom.

Of course we have to see some more reviews from independent sources. But so far I am impressed about what I saw from these lenses. And also the price of the lenses is pretty reasonable compared to the competition. While the 16-35mm GM is probably the one lens I will buy I have to admit the 12-24mm is very tempting too mainly because of the very low weight (I am a hiker).

 

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