Sony has announced a new lens for FE-mount cameras in the body of the Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS, whose development has been confirmed earlier this year.
The Sony FE-mount series was introduced for photographers during the second half of 2013. The company has taken everybody by surprise with the introduction of the A7 and A7R mirrorless cameras with full frame sensors.
The A7S followed at the beginning of 2014, but the PlayStation maker has been criticized for the lack of lenses for E-mount full frame shooters.
This problem has been rumored to be fixed at Photokina 2014. It all started very promising as the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS has been revealed.
Now, the list of official presentations continues with the Zeiss FE 16-35mm 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS, as well as with the announcement of the development of four other lenses.
Sony launches Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens for FE-mount mirrorless cameras
The Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens is a wide-angle solution for photographers who enjoy capturing landscape and architecture photos.
It is the fifth zoom optic for FE-mount cameras and one which will not make any compromises when it comes to image quality.
The Germany-based manufacturer promises that the resolution and sharpness will remain at high levels from corner to corner.
Additionally, the aspherical elements and Extra Low Dispersion elements will ensure that chromatic aberration and distortions are kept to a minimum.
Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens coming to the market this November
The new Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens offers a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range. This is a rugged lens, as it is resistant to dust and moisture.
Sony and Zeiss have confirmed that this product comes with Optical SteadyShot technology in order to minimize the effects of hand and camera shakes.
It measures 78mm / 30.7-inches in diameter and 99mm /38.8-inch in length, while having a 72mm filter thread. Its total weight stands at 518 grams / 1.14lbs.
The lens will go on sale this November for a price of $1,350 and you can pre-order it right now at Amazon
Four new FE-mount lenses to be unveiled by the end of this year
In addition to this lens, Sony has also confirmed the development of four other optics, while putting two converters on the official roadmap.
The Japan-based company promises that a total of 13 FE-mount lenses will become official by the end of 2014, while the number will grow to more than 20 in 2015.
Without further ado, the FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS, FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS, and the FE 28mm f/2 are all in development and will bear the Sony brand. The fourth lens is a Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA.
As for the aforementioned converters, Sony says that an ultra-wide converter and a fisheye one will also be introduced later in 2014. Stay tuned, more information is coming soon!