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Sony Adds 16-35mm f/4 OSS to Its Full-Frame E-Mount Lineup, Teases Fast Primes

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, one of the major downsides of the exceptional Sony A7, A7r and A7s full-frame mirrorless cameras is the lack of native lenses, but Sony and ZEISS are working hard to remedy that.

Just last week ZEISS debuted the Loxia line of FE lenses, and today Sony introduced a brand new wide-angle lens and teased several primes at Photokina.

Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS

First, what we know: the Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS is official. A fast wide-angle zoom for Sony full-frame E-mount owners, it’s the fifth full-frame zoom the company has released, features Optical Steady Shot stabilization, and is dust and moisture-resistant.

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The lens’ optical design boasts, “five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements” that promise “outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness” with minimal distortion and color aberration.

It will be available in November for, and we’re quoting Sony here, “about $1,350.” Nothing like some ambiguous pricing to spice things up, right?

Upcoming Lenses

Photograph by Lars, courtesy of Sony Alpha Rumors.
Photograph by Lars, courtesy of Sony Alpha Rumors.

In addition to this officially released lens, Sony Alpha Rumors published some photos from the Sony Photokina presentation that show a 90mm f/2.8 macro, a 35mm f/1.4, and a 28mm f/2 lens in the pipeline for early 2015. Not a prime, but also set for release sometime in 2015, is a 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS.

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