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Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GMaster – Announcement

Introduction

If I’m completely honest, I don’t actually have an interest in this lens at all.

f/2.8 on an ultrawide angle would only benefit me for Astrophotography and I’m currently after the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art for this line of work.

16mm is not wide enough for me as I’m used to shooting 12mm everyday for my real-estate work and 14mm f/2.8 for my Astrophotography via the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 or Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G.

Unless this new Sony is sharp corner to corner with no coma, I will have no interest in this lens whatsoever. Even if it’s sharp corner to corner with no coma, I will have to wait for reviews of the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 to come out first as this is faster and wider!

Features

  • Premium G Master Series wide angle zoom lens and smooth bokeh

  • Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements for outstanding resolution

  • Circular 11-blade aperture for beautiful defocus effects

  • Sony Nano AR Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting

  • Dust and moisture resistant design1

The feature Sony are touting most is the 11-blade aperture for smooth bokeh. Personally I don’t care for smooth bokeh on an ultra wide lens as that’s not why I buy an ultrawide lens. However it’s not something I’m knocking either as smooth bokeh is always a good thing.

I am curious more about how sharp this lens is corner-to-corner. But even so, I’m not terribly excited by this announcement.

Click Here to visit official Sony.co.uk site for it’s full tech-specs.

Conclusion

The only purpose I would have for this lens is astrophotography and I haven’t seen or heard much about how this lens would perform with this type of work. Anything this lens has been so far praised or marketed for, I do feel there are already very strong options out there and likewise, a cheaper and lighter alternative announced at the same time in the Sony 12-24mm f/4G.

I’m sure loads of photographers will be interested in this lens, especially to complete their GMaster Trinity, but for me, it’s not that exciting.

I look forward to seeing more reviews on how this lens actually performs once it’s released.

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