Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Field Test: Top-notch results from a long-awaited Sony FE lens


posted Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:28 AM EST

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Debuting not too long after the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 and FE 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses, Sony's latest 'G Master' lens rounds out their set of f/2.8 zooms with the FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM. Versatility and performance are key when it comes to this so-called "holy trinity" of zoom lenses. The big names in the photo game (Canon and Nikon) have long had this trio of lenses in their lineup, and now, at last, the increasingly popular Sony mirrorless system has its set as well. Though Sony FE shooters have long had f/4 versions of these three lenses, pros need that f/2.8 aperture not just for better subject isolation, but for better low-light performance as well.

We published a Hands-On Preview of this lens right after it's unveiling, and now we've gotten our hands on a production copy of the 16-35mm GM and sent it straight up Eamon Hickey in New York City for a detailed Field Test. Capturing everything from architecture and long-exposure landscapes to interiors and street shots, Eamon had a hard time finding any big faults with this versatile zoom lens. Indeed, Sony's top-of-the-line G Master pedigree is holding strong with this latest lens. 

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For all the details, including many more real-world gallery images, read Eamon's in-depth Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Field Test.

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