Sony Introduces New 16-35/2.8 and 12-24/4 Lenses
with Sony's new 16-35mm and 12-24mm wide-angle lenses
For a company accused of lack of lenses worthy of their high-end A7 cameras, Sony seems to be on a roll. The 16-35/2.8 GM completes the traditional triad of professional, f/2.8 zoom (along with the 24-70/2.8 GM and 70-200/2.8 GM). This comes at a steep price, US$2200. These lenses will work on the new A9 "Sports" camera, which should be appreciated for news, landscape and travel photography. GM lenses are not just faster then the second tier Sony/Zeiss lenses, they are optically superior, sharp wide open with low distortion.
I have the 24-70/2.8, which has proven to be my go-to choice for general photography, semi-closeups and landscapes. I have the f/4 versions of the 16-35 and 70-200, which are excellent in their own right, but about par for use with a 42 MP camera. All are a bit heavy and bulky for casual street photography, for which a good 35mm or 25mm prime is better suited.
The 12-24/4 G lens adds extreme wide angle capability to the Sony line. It's probably not to the caliber of the GM lenses, but worth consideration if wide is your passion.