Sony has announced an updated version of its successful full frame G-Master 16-35mm F2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The company says that the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II is the world’s smallest and lightest high-resolution F2.8 wide-angle zoom lens.
The 2nd generation G-Master 16-35mm wide angle zoom lens has a new optical design with an extremely high surface precision XA (extreme aspherical) lens element. Sony says that this delivers high resolution even at the maximum aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range. The lens also has the Sony Nano AR Coating II to suppress ghosting and flares. In addition, focus breathing during video recording has been reduced compared to previous models.
The G-Master 16-35mm wide angle zoom lens uses the latest XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors. Sony says this gives you quiet autofocus for video that is up to twice as fast as conventional models. The new lens also tracks subjects with high precision. In addition, the lens suppresses the movement of the center of gravity during zooming. This makes it ideal for use on a gimbal. The 16-35mm lens has a minimum focus distance of only 8.7 inches (0.22 m).
The G-Master 16-35mm wide angle zoom lens is only 4.4 inches (111.5 mm long) and weighs around 19.3 ounces (547 g). Sony says this means it is about 20 percent lighter than the first generation of this lens model. You can also switch between clicked or de-clicked modes for the aperture and there are two configurable focus hold buttons. In addition, the 16-35 mm lens is built to be dust-proof and splash-proof, along with a fluorine coating on the front lens element to help keep it clean.
What we think
The original Sony G-master 16-35mm lens was very popular and the updated second generation of the lens has made it even better. The reduction in size and weight will make it easier to use handheld. The ability to change focal length without affecting the center of gravity is a huge bonus for gimbal shooters. The maximum aperture of F2.8 isn’t the widest but it’s constant through the zoom range which is vital for video use. The new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II wide angle zoom is a premium lens at a premium price. However, it should deliver the highest quality images to justify that price tag.
Pricing and availability
Sony says that the new G-Master FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II wide angle zoom lens will be available in Fall 2023. It will retail at $2,299.