Some time ago Sony announced their new line up of lenses for the Alpha FE series. After shooting with the 70 - 200 mm f4 the next lens in line got today into Hong Kong's Sony shop, the 16 - 35 mm f4. A long awaited addition especially as there hadn't been a wide angle lens before. 35 mm had been the widest original FE lens up to now.
The overall construction of this lens is sturdy and build in a typically Zeiss manner. Both focus and zoom rings rotate smoothly and with assurance. The lens auto-focused extremely quickly and quietly with all A7models. Manual focusing is easily done.
At the widest end, 16mm, there is the usual type of distortion that can be expected to get at such focal length. It can easily be fixed in Lightroom, especially using the profile for the Sony Zeiss A-Mount 16-35mm f/2.8 lens.
I found the images I shot today very sharp and consistent. There might be a minimal softness in corners which I couldn't check on the mobile Lightroom app exactly. I have no doubt that a lot Sony A7 photographers are eagerly awaiting this lens. The overall size and weight are well matched and quite small. This lens closes the gap of the sometimes called holy trinity of lenses a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm telephoto one. When you have three lenses in that range you'll certainly have a powerful full-frame camera system.
Apart from DSLR's this system will take up minimal room in your bag and in addition will save you some back and shoulder pain. So far I'm quite pleased with this lens and camera composition.
Here some examples I took today.