Sony Electronics announces the world’s lightest[i] F4 constant wide-angle zoom lens, the compact FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G™
Developed with Sony’s extensive lens design expertise, the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G delivers exceptional performance and control in the world’s lightest optics.I Full-frame wide-angle motorized zoom lens with a constant F4 aperture. The compact mirrorless lens offers refined image quality, reliable G-lens rendering and class-leading AF performance in a remarkably compact form factor that will appeal to photo and video content creators. The FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G is ideal for everything from video production and vlogging to street and landscape photography, offering a variety of outstanding hybrid features such as incredible resolution, beautiful bokeh and sharp focus. fast and precise auto-stitch. Additionally, Sony’s new lens offers advanced video features, including an innovative power zoom function and refined capabilities such as an independent aperture control ring for even more creative control.
“The needs of our community are our top priority. As the content creation landscape continues to evolve and the worlds of still imagery and video continue to merge, we are constantly developing new products to meet this growing demand for hybrid content creators,” said declared Yang ChengVice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “With an advanced feature set and unparalleled portability and flexibility, the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G is perfectly designed to meet these ever-changing needs and ensure that today’s creators can fully realize their vision.”
Advanced image quality for photos and videos
The FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G offers an extraordinary blend of breathtaking resolution and beautiful bokeh in a lightweight, compact lens. The optical path includes two AA (advanced aspherical) elements and one conventional aspherical element for precise imaging across the entire frame and a zoom range of 16-35mm. A Super ED (extra-low dispersion) and glass ED element controls chromatic aberration, while an aspherical ED 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 inches (0.28 meters) at 16mm and 9.5 inches (0.24 meters) at 35mm, with a maximum magnification of 0.23X. Plus, an optimized coating effectively suppresses flare and ghosting for clear, well-defined images.
A circular aperture and carefully designed spherical aberration control work together to deliver smooth, deep full-frame bokeh that adds visual impact.
High performance autofocus
The FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G uses two XD (Extreme Dynamic) linear motors to control autofocus. The fast response and smooth, quiet operation of this system gives users new creative freedom. With Sony’s flagship Alpha 1 body, it’s possible to maintain precise focus while shooting continuously at up to 30 fps (frames per second)ii and up to 120 fps in video mode.
Focus is especially critical when shooting in slow motion 4K up to 120fps or 8K moviesiii. The FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G works with Alpha camerasiv to focus reliably and track smoothly and quietly even fast-moving subjects. High-thrust XD Linear Motors, optimized optics and responsive control add up to extraordinarily precise AF performance while keeping the lens compact with internal focusing.
Advanced features for video, including a new powerful zoom function
Based on feedback from key creators, Sony specifically designed the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G to deliver refined visuals and control for today’s video needs. It features the latest lens technology to reduce focus breathing as well as focus and axial shift when zooming to ensure the highest quality video capture. Focus, zoom and aperture are also extremely quiet, greatly reducing noise and vibration that can interfere with video recording.
For the first time in a Sony Alpha lens, the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G uses four XD Linear Motors for the motorized zoom function in addition to the two XD Linear Motors used for focusing. With this new electronic motorized zoom system, the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G offers advanced control with the response and immediacy of non-motorized manual zoom. It features both a zoom ring and a zoom lever with variable zoom speed that makes it easy to perform super slow, fast, or constant-speed focal length change. Motorized zoom also minimizes camera shake or movement that can occur when using a traditional zoom ring, and when used with compatible cameras, users can customize the direction of the zoom ring depending on the shooting conditions. Zoom can also be controlled with the zoom lever on compatible cameras. Remote operation is also possible when using the Imaging Edge™ Mobile appv.
As an added benefit, users can use buttons and controls on compatible cameras or accessories for convenient zoom control, including the GP-VPT2BT Bluetooth Grip and RMT-P1BT Remote Control to remotely control zoom when in focus. camera is mounted on a gimbal.vi.
Additionally, MF Linear Response ensures high repeatability as the focus ring responds directly and repeatedly to subtle control when focusing manually. An aperture ring makes manual aperture/iris control quick, direct and easy. The aperture ring includes a switch that can select aperture click stops that are ideal for photography or click operation for smooth iris control ideal for video.
Superior mobility, control and reliability
World-class design and technology combine to deliver a compact, lightweight lens that also includes focus, zoom and aperture/iris rings and motorized zoom for unprecedented mobility and handling.
Thanks to internal focusing and internal zooming, the overall length of the lens remains constant during use for ideal balance and handling. Consistent balance makes this lens an ideal choice for gimbal-mounted video recording or for use with a matte box. The focus ring can be easily controlled when recording video, and the adjacent focus and zoom rings are of different sizes so they can be easily operated by touch while looking at the monitor.
More convenient features of the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G include the iris lock switch which can be activated to prevent the aperture ring from being accidentally moved between auto and F4 – F22 settings and the hold button customizable focus for convenient control.
Like the lightest in the worldI A wide-angle F4 motorized zoom lens, the FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G weighs just 12 ounces (353 grams), 30% less than the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16–35mm F4 ZA OSS and measures just 3 .17 inch x 3.47 inch (80.5mm x 88.1mm) with a filter diameter of φ72mm. The lens also has a dust and moisture resistant designviiias well as a fluorine front element coating to keep it clean and reliable for outdoor use.
Price and availability
The new FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G will be available in June 2022 during about $1,200.00 and $1,500.00 BODY. It will be sold at a variety of authorized Sony dealers across North America.
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A product video on the new FE PZ 16-35MM F4 G can be viewed HERE.
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I From March 2022Sony survey of constant F4 wide-angle zooms for 35mm full-frame sensors
ii Hi+” continuous shooting mode. Effective at shutter speeds of 1/125 s or faster. In AF-C mode, at shutter speeds of 1/250 s or faster, the frame rate Maximum continuous shooting depends on shooting mode.
iii 4K: 3840 x 2160 pixels. 8K: 7680 x 4320 pixels.
iv Compatibility information on: https://www.sony.net/dics/breathing/
Available in video mode only. Viewing angle and image quality may change slightly when using this function. Compensation may not cover all situations.
vi Zoom operation depends on the camera used. Refer to the help guide for details.
viii Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
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