A revolutionary new lens from Sony has recently been introduced, and while the 16-35 mm focal length range may not seem very innovative, the built-in zoom rocker surely is. The Sony FE PZ 16-35 mm f/4 G zoom lens is equipped with an electronic zoom rocker on the side, which enables simple zoom operation while filming is in progress.
We’ve seen these “small” zoom rockers on other cameras previously, such as the Sony FE PZ 28-135 mm f/4 G, and they’re a nice touch. Because of this, it is able to alter the focal length smoothly, something that is not feasible with most still lenses used for filming.
An additional appealing aspect of this new zoom lens is its small size and weight, or, more accurately, the lack of any such features. It is only 353 grams in weight!
16-35mm f/4 G Zoom Lens for Sony FE PZ 16-35mm
The new lens has a focal length range of 16 – 35 mm (24 – 52.5 mm APC-C equivalent) and has a constant(!) aperture of f/4 with a minimum aperture of f/22. It also has a constant(!) aperture of f/4 with a minimum aperture of f/22.
Its field of view spans from 107 to 63 degrees, and its lens design consists of 13 elements in 12 groups, including one ED element, one Super ED element, and four aspherical elements (two of which are designated AA – advanced aspherical). Its field of view ranges from 107 to 63 degrees. A total of seven blades are used to create the (circular) aperture.
At 16 mm, the minimum focusing distance is 28 cm, and at 35 mm, the lowest focusing distance is 24 cm. The highest magnification factor available is 0.23x.
Standard 72 mm filters may be mounted to the front filter thread using the front filter thread. The lens itself is 80.5 x 88.1 mm (3.25 x 3.5′′) and weighs 353 g, which is remarkably light for a zoom lens of this caliber with these specifications.
When zooming in and out, linear motors called XD (eXtreme Dynamic) linear motors are used to move the parts. As with the previous Sony FE PZ 16-35 f/4 G zoom lens, the AF mechanism of the new Sony FE PZ 16-35 f/4 G zoom lens is equipped with such motors, a total of six of which are found in this lens.
The iris, as well as AF and MF function, may be controlled using a dedicated switch on the lens. The zoom rocker is built into the lens body, and while it shouldn’t be confused with a traditional ENG zoom rocker, it clearly does its intended function well enough.
With this lens, it is likely possible to use it as a daily driver for rapid turnaround news coverage or documentaries, as it is fairly adaptable while yet keeping a compact size and low weight. Consistent balance makes this lens an intriguing alternative for gimbal-related tasks since it provides consistent balance.
This will not be the first option for low-light photography, but it appears to be a very good all-rounder in terms of features packed into a small lens body — the total barrel length remains constant during focusing and zooming.
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What are your opinions? Would you recommend taking a closer look at the Sony FE PZ 16-35 f/4 G zoom lens, or would you prefer to look at other options? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!