Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is a Fixed aperture Auto Focus (AF) Ultra-Wideangle Zoom
lens with 35mm FF max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with E Mount
cameras.Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM was replaced with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II. Follow the link to read our comparison of these lenses: Compare Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM vs Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II
What type of photography is the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens good for?
The choice of photography type for which you intend to use the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is a crucial decision factor. Below, we have assessed its suitability for various photography scenarios:
Lenses in Sony E Mount with Same Focal and Aperture Range
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is a member of Sony's GM series of lenses. GM stands for G Master and represents the top of the line lenses on the Sony E mount line-up. Below you can see the latest lenses in this series.
GM Series Lenses in Sony E Mount
Reasons to Buy the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens in a list form to assist you in determining whether it offers the features you need.
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| AF/MF Switch on Lens
| Breathing Correction with Supported Cameras
| Hood supplied
| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Fast Aperture at Wide end
| Fast Aperture at Tele end
| Constant f2.8 aperture throughout the range
| Covers Full-Frame Sensor
| 11 Diaphragm Blades for Smooth Bokeh
| Extreme Wide-angle capability
| Minimum focus distance of 0.28m / 11.0 inch
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| Lens Extends while zooming
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is compatible with cameras that have a Sony E lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony E lenses are Sony A9 III, Sony A7C Mark II and Sony A7CR.
Sony A9 III with the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens
Sony A7C Mark II with the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens
Sony A7CR with the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens
Size, Weight and Filter Thread
The size and weight are crucial factors to consider when searching for your next lens. Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM has a maximum diameter of 89mm and total length of 122mm when not extended. It weighs 680g / 24.0 oz.
Check the size of the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM when attached to E Mount cameras:
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Size with E Mount Cameras
Below, you'll find a scaled side-by-side image comparing the sizes of the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM and the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 E, offering a better understanding of their dimensions in real life. Check the detailed comparison of these two lenses here.
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM has a filter thread of 82mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM:
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM has a focal range of 16-35mm and 2.2X zoom ratio. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 24 - 52.5mm.
The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is a weather-sealed lens, which provides extra protection to prevent water and dust get inside the lens and camera body under light rain, snow and wind. In order to have effective protection, you have to pair the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM with a weather-sealed camera body such as the Sony A9 III, Sony A7C Mark II and Sony A7CR.
Lens Breathing Correction Compatibility
The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is compatible with Sony cameras that features Breathing Compensation/Correction. This feature adjusts the size of the frame dynamically in-camera during video recording by applying a certain percentage of crop in order to minimize change in framing.
Sony cameras that has the Breathing Compensation/Correction feature are:
Optical Image Stabilization
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Alternatively, you can check the Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS in Sony E mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
Lenses Similar to Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM With Optical Image Stabilization
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.19x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m.
Below are the 3 Ultra-Wideangle Zoom type Sony E mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is a fixed aperture lens with a constant max aperture of f2.8 from 16mm all the way to the 35mm .
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM's optical formula consists of 16 elements in 13 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- Extreme aspherical
- ED elements
- Nano AR & fluorine coatings
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM comes with a removable petal shaped lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos. The model number of the hood is ALC-SH149.
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is available in Black color.
Popular Comparisons of Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
Here are the eight most popular comparisons of the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM amongst Camera Decision readers.
Top Alternatives of Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens
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