Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM review

The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM review is the company's pro-level full frame ultra-wide-angle lens. It's good, but expensive

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM i’s an absolutely first-class lens that does full justice to the high-resolution prowess of the Alpha 7R series cameras. It also faces strong competition from some very good third-party lenses from Sigma and Tamron, however, so good as it is, it's no longer the only high-quality ultra-wide lens for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras.


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    Consistently excellent performance

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    You can attach filters


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    Expensive compared to rivals

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    Not as wide as the FE 12-24mm

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Compared with the Zeiss-badged 16-35mm f/4 Vario- Tessar T* zoom that was previously top dog in Sony’s wide-angle lens line-up, this G Master lens was about twice the price when it was launched. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.