Press release by Sony Canada
Sony has announced two new high-performance ZEISS lenses zoom lenses – a standard zoom and a wide-angle zoom – for its α mount system. Designed for professionals and high-end photo enthusiasts, the new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL2470Z2) standard zoom and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL1635Z2) wide-angle zoom lenses deliver significant improvements in image quality, ghost reduction and AF performance over their predecessors and add a rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design.
The new SAL2470Z2 and SAL1635Z2 are ideal partners to Sony’s α A-mount family of interchangeable lens cameras, including the highly acclaimed α99V and α77 II models. With the addition of an optional mount adaptor, they’re also compatible with α E-mount cameras such as the α7 series.
The new lenses feature enhanced AF capabilities, delivering approximately 4x the subject tracking speed of their predecessors thanks to their SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system and faster, more powerful processing in the lens LSI. This advanced AF performance makes the new lenses an ideal complement to the impressive 4D focus system on select α camera bodies like the α77 II model and a great choice for shooting fast-moving subjects like sports, wildlife or young children.
Additionally, the lenses achieve legendary ZEISS image quality thanks to an enhanced ZEISS T* coating on optical surfaces that minimizes ghosting and flare combined with aspherical and ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements that suppress aberration and minimize distortion.
Pricing and Availability
The new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL2470Z2) standard zoom and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL1635Z2) wide-angle zoom lenses will be available this June for about $2549.99 and $2699.99, respectively.
The new lenses and all other Sony α camera bodies and accessories are sold at all authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.