Sony Announces FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G

Suitable for video production and vlogging as well as street and landscape photography, the wide-angle zoom lens will begin shipping in June.

Sony Electronics Inc. has introduced the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G (model SELP1635G), a wide-angle power zoom. 

The hybrid lens offers refined image quality, reliable G-lens rendering and outstanding AF performance in a compact form factor. It is suitable for video production and vlogging as well as street and landscape photography.

“As the content-creation landscape evolves and the worlds of still imaging and video continue to merge, we are constantly developing new products to meet this growing demand for hybrid-content creators,” says Yang Cheng, vice president of Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “With an advanced feature set and unmatched portability and flexibility, the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G is designed to meet these evolving needs.”

The lens’ optical path includes two AA (advanced aspherical) elements and a conventional aspherical element for an accurate image across the frame and 16-35mm zoom range. One Super ED (extra-low dispersion) and one ED glass element control chromatic aberration, while one ED aspherical element controls both chromatic and spherical aberration. 

The use of AA elements in an advanced optical design also ensures excellent close-up performance throughout the zoom range; minimum focusing distance is 11" at 16mm and 9.5" at 35mm, with a maximum magnification of 0.23x. Additionally, an optimized coating effectively suppresses flare and ghosting. A circular aperture and carefully designed control of spherical aberration work together to deliver deep, full-frame bokeh.

The FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G utilizes two XD (Extreme Dynamic) linear motors to control autofocus. With Sony’s flagship Alpha 1 body, it is possible to maintain accurate focus while shooting stills continuously at up to 30 fps and up to 120 fps in movie mode.

Based on feedback from leading creators, Sony designed the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G to reduce focus breathing as well as focus and axial shift when zooming. Focus, zoom and aperture operation are also extremely quiet. Users can operate buttons and controls on compatible cameras or accessories for convenient zoom control, including the GP-VPT2BT Bluetooth Grip and Remote Commander RMT-P1BT to remotely control zoom while the camera is mounted on a gimbal.

Linear Response MF ensures high repeatability, as the focus ring responds directly and repeatably to subtle control when focusing manually. An aperture ring makes manual aperture/iris control fast, direct and easy. 

Other convenient features include the Iris Lock Switch, which can be engaged to prevent the aperture ring from being accidentally moved between the auto and F4-F22 settings, and the customizable focus hold button for convenient control.

The lens weighs 12 ounces and measures 3.17" x 3.47", with a filter diameter of 72mm. The lens has a dust- and moisture-resistant design, as well as a fluorine front element coating.

The Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G will be available in June 2022 and will list for $1,200.

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