2019 will see the launch of two new Sony E-mount zoom lenses for the company’s APS-C mirrorless camera series: the 16-55mm f/2.8 G and the 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom lenses. The two new lens addition will increase Sony’s versatile E-mount system lens lineup to a total of 54.
The recent product announcements from Sony shows that it is really boosting its APS-C lineup. Sony has also launched two new APS-C mirrorless camera models, the a6600 and a6100. Matching the new lenses with the two new bodies will produce an almost perfect on-the-go setup for pro photographers and enthusiasts alike.
Sony’s deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions, Neal Manowitz, said that the “One Mount” solution for both APS-C and full-frame cameras provides creators a unified setup to serve all of their photography and video needs.
With 54 different lenses to choose from and an increasing range of camera bodies, the E-mount provides more versatility than any other mirrorless system. Manowitz said that the company will continue to drive innovation in all areas of imaging and empower creators to capture and create as they’ve never been able to before.
Ultra-Sharp Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Zoom Lens
The new Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G ultra-sharp zoom lens is a compact, lightweight 494 grams (15.88 oz.) lens that’s designed to be a versatile workhorse lens for crop body cameras. It features a wide-angle to portrait focal range of 24-82.5mm (in 35mm equivalent) and a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture that enables it to deliver bright G Lens quality images and outstanding all-around performance.
The Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G has three extra-low dispersion glass elements which help to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing, four aspherical elements (including two advanced aspherical elements), as well as a fast and quiet XD Linear Motor. In addition to a minimum focus distance of 33cm (1.08ft) and 0.2x maximum magnification, the E 16-55mm f/2.8 G features customizable focus hold buttons, an AF/MF switch and a 67mm filter thread.
Its rounded 9-blade aperture ensures a beautiful bokeh and the Nano AR coating helps to produce high-quality images by suppressing flare and ghosting. Its fluorine coating helps to protect it from dust, moisture, and fingerprints. It is also weather-sealed. This lens is great for both portrait and landscape photography as well as for everyday snapshots.
Compact Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens
The new Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS is a super-telephoto lens with a 105-525mm focal range (the 35mm equivalent) that’s crafted for sports, wildlife, and landscape photography. It has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that reduces the effect of camera movement when shooting handheld.
The new E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS lens features an optimized optical and mechanical design that provides excellent G Lens image quality even with 5x zoom. Its 625 grams (20.09 oz.) compact, lightweight design makes this 5x super-telephoto zoom lens impressively mobile.
The lightweight lens has a minimum focusing distance of 1.1m (3.61ft), customizable focus hold buttons, a 67mm filter thread, an AF/MF switch, and a zoom lock. It features Sony’s advanced XD Linear Motor for quick and quiet AF tracking. Its circular aperture ensures a soft, beautiful bokeh.
The new lens features three extra-low dispersion glass elements (which were effectively arranged to suppress chromatic aberration and control color blur even at corners) and an aspherical element (to suppress optical aberration and provide excellent resolution). It also has protection against dust and moisture.
Pricing and Availability of the Sony E-Mount Zoom Lenses
You can find official sample photos shot with the new Sony E-Mount zoom lenses on the company’s product page. The new Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G is expected to hit the stores in October 2019 with a price tag of $1,400. Whereas, the Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS will be on sale from November 2019 will be sold at $1,000.