Sony's full-frame cine zoom lens is priced at $5,499 USD.
Today, the company has released its first in a series of full-frame zooms.
Part of the G Master series, the FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G optically features two XA (Extreme Aspherical), two ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) elements, and three aspheric elements to minimize aberrations, distortion, field curvature, and astigmatism. There's also nano AR coating to reduce ghosting and flare.
It features an 11-blade aperture design that maintains a beautifully round bokeh at all apertures. The T3.1 lens (F2.8) is respectable for its focal range, and as you'd expect in a cinema lens, it has standard 0.8m gears for focus, iris, and zoom.
The barrel features an iris click/declick switch for quiet video, an iris lock, and a custom focus hold button. The zoom is switchable from manual to servo allowing you to attach the included servo unit when needed. Focus throw is 120° and there are distance scale markers for easy viewing.
The linear response manual focus feature provides direct adjustment for precise manual focusing. Better yet, the lens is compatible with Sony's autofocus and the internal floating focus mechanism helps to address critical focus when shooting video. The lens has a 114mm front diameter to attach industry-standard matte boxes.
It's unknown when the other two teased cine zoom lenses will arrive, but for now, the Sony FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G is available for $5,499 and is expected to ship in December.