Sony F EC 16-35mm T3.1 G Full Frame Zoom

Just as the FX9 was inevitable, so were more Sony E-mount cinema lenses. Of course, they also work wonders on the alpha series.

The new FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G zoom is the first in a new series of Full-Frame zooms.

Note: Sony’s Full-Frame FE PZ 28-135 mm f/4 G OSS Full-Frame Zoom came out with the FS7 in September 2014 but it’s a different beast from an earlier generation.

The new 16-35mm T3.1 G has two XA (Extreme Aspherical) and three Aspheric elements to minimize color aberrations, geometric distortion, field curvature and astigmatism as well as to reduce the physical size of the lens. The floating focus mechanism addresses critical focus and resolution for cinema use. Optical surfaces are coated with Nano AR to reduce flares and ghosting. The 11-bladed circular aperture iris assembly maintains round bokeh at all apertures.

Focus, iris and zoom gears are all standard 0.8M. Slide the focus ring aft to engage manual focus and 120° rotation of the barrel. Slide it forward for Auto Focus. Engraved focus marks remain consistent.

The iris clicks and declicks for cine or still work.

Zoom is switchable from manual to servo. The servo unit comes with the lens and is operated by the camera handle or handgrip zoom control. The servo can be detached.

The Sony FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G zoom lens will be available around Spring 2020. Estimated price is $5,500.

Reprinted from Film and Digital Times September 2019 Edition #97

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