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Sony presents new lens at Photokina

Sony maintains its commitment to lens development by launching a full-frame Zeiss wide-angle zoom

The latest addition to the Sony lens stable is the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 full-frame wide-angle zoom (with a 35mm-equivalent focal length, when attached to an APS-C body).

Unveiled at a press conference this afternoon at Photokina, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) lens is compatible with E-mount cameras and camcorders. The lens, which has been optimised for use with the A7 range of full-frame cameras, sits alongside Sony’s existing SEL2470Z zoom and SEL70200G telephoto zoom optics.

Featuring five aspherical lens elements, the new lens, which comes with in-built image stabilisation, is able to achieve “outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness”, says the company, while also reducing distortion and keeping colour aberration to a minimum.

The T* coating – a feature of Zeiss lenses – minimises flare and ghosting, boosting contrast, claims Sony.

The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) full-frame wide-angle zoom lens is available to pre-order now from www.sony.co.uk. It will be on general sale in Europe from November 2014.

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