Sony has released an update to its FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens, the third model in its popular GM series of f/2.8 lenses to be released in a smaller and lighter format.

Side view of the updated Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II lens. (Source: Sony.)

Claimed as the smallest and lightest f/2.8 wide angle zoom lens in its class, the new lens weighs only 547 grams, which is roughly 20% lighter than its predecessor. It’s also only 111.5 mm long. Its optical design comprises 15 elements in 12 groups and includes XA and ED glass elements for high resolution throughout the image area plus Nano AR Coating II to suppress flare and ghosting. Eleven diaphragm blades create a circular aperture for attractive bokeh, including at the minimum aperture of f/22. Focusing is driven by a floating focus mechanism that includes four XD Linear Motors, which feature fast response times with low vibration and near silent operation. The lens is also equipped with iris lock, customisable focus hold buttons and other features to support professional shooting needs.

The FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II offers improved dust and moisture resistance with a fluorine coating on the front lens element to repel water, oil, and other contaminants. The new lens has a minimum focus of 22 cm at 16mm and 73 cm at 35mm and provides a maximum magnification ratio of 0.32x. It comes with body-integrated SteadyShot stabilisation and accepts 82 mm filters. A petal shaped lens hood is supplied with the lens, along with front and end caps and a soft case.

The FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II lens is priced at AU$3999 (RRP). Click here for more information.