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Videographers rejoice as Sony announces power zoom 16-35mm G lens

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“We are so excited about this new release in our E-mount lens line up. The AF performance is amazing with the six (6) XD Linear motors, and so we expect it to be a hit with both stills and video content creators alike”, said Jun Yoon, Head of Digital Imaging ANZ.

“As the world’s lightest constant F4 wide-angle power zoom lens, the SELP1635G is perfectly designed to meet the needs of today’s modern creators.

“People will be blown away by the quality of this lens, packaged in such a compact and lightweight form factor”. 

The optical path includes two AA (advanced aspherical) elements, a standard aspherical element, one Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and one ED glass element, and one ED aspherical element. Chromatic and spherical aberration are simultaneously controlled to provide excellent optical performance throughout the image area and 16-35 mm zoom range. The use of AA elements in an advanced optical design also ensure excellent close-up performance throughout the zoom range – minimum focusing distance is 0.28 meters at 16 mm and 0.24 meters at 35 mm, with a maximum magnification of 0.23x. What’s more, an optimised coating effectively suppresses flare and ghosting for clear, well-defined images. 

Good news on focus breathing. It’s all but eliminated as well as focus and axial shift when zooming to ensure the highest quality images are easily captured. Focus, zoom, and aperture operation are also extremely quiet, greatly reducing noise and vibration that can interfere with movie recording. 

With a newly designed electronic power zoom system that is XD linear motor driven, the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G provides advanced control with the response and immediacy of non-powered manual zoom. A zoom lever with variable zoom speed makes it easy to execute super-slow constant-speed. Power zoom minimises camera shake that can occur when operating a zoom ring and when used with compatible camera bodies, users can customise the zoom ring direction to suit shooting conditions. 

Videographers can use buttons and controls on compatible bodies or accessories to remotely control zoom. A great feature for news VJs or vloggers on solo duty. Linear Response MF ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually and an aperture ring makes manual aperture control fast, direct, and easy. 

As the world’s lightest F4 wide-angle power-zoom lens, the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G weighs just 353 grams, approx. 30% less than the SEL1635Z and is just 80.5 mm x 88.1mm in size with a filter diameter of φ72mm. It’s ideal for gimbals and drones. The focus ring can be easily controlled with a finger while shooting movies, and the adjacent focus and zoom rings are stepped so they can be easily differentiated and operated by feel while viewing the monitor. 

Similar to it’s older, bigger brother, the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G includes an Iris Lock Switch that can be engaged to prevent the aperture ring from being accidentally moved between the [A] and F4 – F22 settings and the customisable focus hold button for convenient control. 

FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is a power zoom workhorse

Finally, the lens has a dust and moisture resistant design as well as a fluorine front element coating to keep it clean and reliable for outdoor use.

Availability & Price 

The FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G will be available in Australia from Early May 2022. 

SRP: $1999.00 AUD 

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