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Sony Introduces New ZEISS 16-35mm F4 Wide Angle Zoom Lens for E-mount Cameras
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 2014 – Packing a serious amount of imaging power into a light, compact frame, the new Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) lens offers photo enthusiasts a compelling choice for wide-angle photography including landscapes, architecture and more.
A natural match for the acclaimed α7 Series of 35mm full-frame cameras, the new Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS is Sony’s fifth full-frame zoom lens developed for the E-mount system, joining the Sony FE 28-70mm (model SEL2870), ZEISS 24-70mm F4 (model SEL2470Z), 70-200mm F4 G (model SEL70200G) and 28-135mm F4 G Power Zoom (model SELP28135G) lenses.
The new Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS wide-angle zoom lens features an uncompromising optical design with five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements. This ensures outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness, while reducing distortion and minimizing color aberration
A signature of ZEISS lenses, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS features T* coating on its optical surfaces which minimizes flare and ghosting and boosts contrast, clarity and depth with landscape shots and strongly backlit scenes. It also has a constant F4 maximum aperture, allowing photographers to achieve beautiful background defocus effects with a shallow depth of field at all focal lengths. The lens is equipped with Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization and is dust and moisture resistant, allowing it to perform well in tough shooting environments.
Sony α Lenses Assortment
With the addition of the new Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS, the E-mount lens family now includes 24 different lenses and adapters, including several other premium options from ZEISS® and Sony’s G Series Lenses:
E 16mm F2.8
E 20mm F2.8
E 35mm F1.8 OSS
E 50mm F1.8 OSS
E 30mm F3.5 Macro
E 24mm F1.8 ZEISS
E 10-18mm F4 OSS
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
E 18-55mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS
E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS LE
E PZ 18-200mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
E 55-210mm F4.5 – F6.3 OSS
E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
E 16-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
FE 28-70mm F3.5 – 5.6 OSS
FE 35mm F2.8 ZEISS
FE 55mm F1.8 ZEISS
FE 24-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
FE 28-135mm F4 G OSS
FE 16-35mm F4 ZEISS OSS
New Sony α Accessories
Sony has also introduced a range of new accessories for their α (alpha) mount camera system including the compact HVL-F32M flash. Rated at a generous GN32 guide number, the flash head can be adjusted in a variety of directions for pro-style bounce effects and has a variety of advanced flash functions including ADI flash metering, high-speed sync and Auto White Balance, and is dust and moisture resistant.
The new XLR-K2M XLR adaptor kit provides pro-style balanced audio input to α7 Series cameras plus the α99, Cyber-shot™ RX10 and NEX-VG900 interchangeable lens camcorder, and comes paired with the ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone.
Additionally, the RMT-VP1K wireless remote kit lets photographers enjoy ‘hands-off’ control of cameras functions including shutter release, start / stop movie recording and zoom. There is also a stylish new LCS-PCS7 system bag that’s an ideal match for the α7 Series of cameras.
Pricing and Availability
The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) full-frame wide-angle zoom lens will be available this November for about $1350.
The HVL-F32M flash will be available this December for about $300.
The XLR-K2M XLR adaptor kit will be available this October for about $600.
The RMT-VP1K wireless remote kit will be available this November for about $70.
The LCS-PCS7 system bag will be available this October for about $160.
The new lens and accessories will all be sold at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.