Sony Adds Full-Frame Zeiss Wide-Angle Zoom, Accessories to the Alpha Line



Sony is continuing to expand its Alpha camera lineup with an all-new Zeiss-designed Vario-Tessar T* 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS wide-angle zoom lens, plus a bevy of new accessories to make the Alpha system even more versatile.

The new lens features a dust- and moisture-resistant form factor and is designed to cover your wide-angle zoom needs. It is intended for full-frame cameras but can also be used on APS-C E-mount cameras, as well, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-52.5mm. The constant f/4 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and is especially beneficial when working in low-light conditions. Also assisting the photographer in dim light is Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which is designed to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four stops.

Many top-tier lenses have only a few aspherical or extra-low dispersion (ED) elements in their design. This new Zeiss-designed lens incorporates a generous five aspherical elements, including a large-diameter AA (advanced aspherical) element, and three ED (extra-low dispersion) elements to help reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range. If that wasn't enough for you, a Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to the lens elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting while providing enhanced contrast, clarity, and color fidelity.

The Sony Alpha line keeps expanding with not only exciting new cameras and lenses, but accessories for Alpha shooters, as well including a new flash, XLR box and microphone, a wireless remote and receiver, and a messenger bag.

The new HVL-F32M TTL external flash is unique in that it packs many of the high-performance, advanced features of its larger siblings, the F43M and F60M, into a unit only slightly larger than the compact F20M flash. The F32M has a guide number of 32 and is powered by two AA batteries. It is fully equipped with wireless control, high-speed synchronization mode, and a built-in bounce sheet.

Connect professional-quality microphones, mixing consoles, and sound studios to cameras equipped with a Multi-Interface shoe using the new XLR-K2M. Compatible with Sony's a7 series, RX series, and select camcorders, the adapter features two XLR channels with independent controls. The kit comes included with the ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone.

The new RMT-VP1K Wireless Receiver and Remote Commander Kit features a 360° IR receiver, works on any Sony camera with a multi terminal, and allows camera control for still photography or video.

Rounding out the new kit is the nylon LCS-PSC7 System Bag, designed to carry an E-mount camera and attached lens, as well as your new accessories.