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New Zeiss premium zooms for Sony cameras

May 8 2015

by Philip Northeast

This pair of new zoom lenses from Zeiss offer top end performance for Sony cameras, even under harsh conditions.

The focal lengths complement each other with the 16-35mm zoom ideal for tight spaces or sweeping vistas. Then the 24-70mm zoom is a versatile standard lens with focal lengths that can cope with scenery or zoom in for portrait shots.

Both lenses offer fast f2.8 maximum apertures to help focusing and taking images in low light, and the aperture stays constant over the zoom range.

Zeiss wide angle zoom

Zeiss 16-35mm wide angle zoom for Sony A mount cameras

Sony say that the new lenses have  “a rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design,” adding to their appeal as general purpose lenses. According to Sony the new zooms have greatly improved Autofocus performance over their predecessors thanks to their SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system and faster, more powerful processing in the lens.

The lenses should achieve legendary ZEISS image quality thanks to ZEISS T* coating on their optical surfaces to minimise ghosting and flare plus aspherical, and ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements to suppress aberration and minimise distortion.

Zeiss standard zoom  24-70mm for Sony A mount

Zeiss standard zoom 24-70mm for Sony A mount cameras

The new zoom lenses fit  Sony’s A-mount family of interchangeable lens cameras. Adding an optional mount adaptor makes them compatible with E-mount cameras such as the 7 series.

Pricing and Availability

The new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL2470Z2) standard zoom and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL1635Z2) wide angle zoom lenses will be available this June for about $US2100 and $US2250, respectively.

 

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