FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II

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G Master
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The world’s smallest,  lightest F2.8 wide-angle zoom

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II delivers dynamic wide-angle perspectives with extraordinary resolution and bokeh while maximizing the speed and performance of advanced camera bodies. Unequalled AF performance provides significant advantages for stills and movies in a versatile lens that is also the smallest and lightest of its kind.

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FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II Photo Gallery
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Breathtaking G Master resolution

High spatial resolution results in detailed rendering right out to the image edges throughout the 16-35 mm zoom range, even with the lens wide open. Five aspherical elements include three XA (extreme aspherical) elements, and aberration is effectively controlled for an outstanding blend of high resolution and gorgeous bokeh.

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Extraordinary resolution and bokeh

Smooth, beautiful bokeh is made possible by a large F2.8 maximum aperture, innovative optical design, and an advanced 11-blade aperture unit. The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II also offers outstanding close-up performance with a minimum focusing distance of 0.22 m (0.73 ft) throughout the zoom range and maximum magnification of 0.32x. Get close for dynamic perspectives while deep bokeh adds extra expressive capability.

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Refined for outstanding movie imagery

Reduced focus breathing, focus shift, and axis shift when zooming contribute to smooth movie imagery, while XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors and an advanced aperture unit reduce noise and vibration. A center of gravity that changes very little contributes to agile, stable maneuverability when shooting handheld, and eliminates the need for readjustment after changing the zoom setting when using a gimbal.

Diagram showing internal locations of actuators employed for the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM, with 4 groups and 2 elements
AF that is smooth, precise, quiet, and lightning fast

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II uses a floating focus mechanism that includes four original XD Linear Motors and precise lens control for up to approx. 2x higher AF speed. Continuous shooting at up to 30 fps is possible with Sony’s α1 body. It reliably acquires focus and smoothly tracks subjects, easily achieving the critical focus required for slow motion and 4K/8K movies.

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The world’s smallest and lightest in its class

Even though it is the smallest and lightest F2.8 16-35 mm zoom in the world, the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II delivers extraordinary imaging quality thanks to XA elements and Super ED glass (extra-low dispersion) in an advanced optical design. Lightweight high-thrust XD Linear Motors further contribute to a low overall weight of just 547 grams (19.3 oz.). That’s about 20% lighter than the E 16-35mm F2.8 GM. Overall length is a compact 111.5 mm(4-1/2 in.).

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Professional control and reliability

A click ON/OFF switch and lock switch offer flexible aperture control, while two focus hold buttons provide convenient access for horizontal or vertical shooting. One function can be assigned to the focus hold buttons from the body menus. All seams feature structural sealing, buttons and switches are fitted with silicone rubber gaskets, and a rubber ring seals the lens mount for protection against dust and moisture .

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Lens Configuration

G Master series lenses take imaging and expression to previously unattainable levels with a stunning blend of extremely high resolution and softly dissolving background bokeh

[1] Extreme aspherical lens (XA lens)  [2] Aspherical lens  [3] ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical lens  [4] Super ED glass  [5] ED (extra-low dispersion) glass

MTF (modulation transfer function) charts
MTF Chart 

MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) describes how well a lens can reproduce fine details, measured as the degree of contrast achieved between finely spaced lines.

[1] Contrast (%)   [2] Distance from optical center of lens (mm)   [3] At 16 mm / Max. aperture   [4] At 16 mm / F8 aperture   [5] At 35 mm / Max. aperture   [6] At 35 mm / F8 aperture

[7] Spatial frequency   [8] 10 line pairs / mm   [9] 30 line pairs / mm   [10] Radial values   [11] Tangential values

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Lens Controls
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1. Focusing ring   2. Focus mode switch   3. Focus hold button   4. Zooming ring   
5. Aperture ring    6. IRIS LOCK switch

(7) Aperture click switch

7. Aperture click switch

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II compatibility

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Specifications & Features

  • Premium G Master series wide-angle zoom lens

  • XA and ED glass elements for high resolution throughout the image area

  • Nano AR Coating II to suppress flare and ghosting

  • Four XD Linear Motors offer excellent response and low vibration for fast, precise, quiet AF

  • Iris lock, focus hold buttons and other features support professional shooting needs

Minimum Focus Distance
0.22(W,T) m (0.73(W,T) ft)
Maximum Magnification ratio (x)
Filter Diameter (mm)
547 g (19.3 oz.)
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