The Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f/4 G Lens Reviewed and Compared With the Tamron 17-28mm

Sony has recently released a lightweight, compact power zoom lens that is perfect for all types of creators regardless of whether you shoot stills or video. What's not to love?

Sony's new Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f/4 G lens, released in mid-2022, has been getting some serious attention for a whole host of reasons. The zoom range is so versatile it makes it attractive to landscape photographers who want to get as much of the scene in the frame as possible, as well as street photographers who like to shoot a little wide near the 35mm range. When I switched over to the Canon EOS R5, the RF 14-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens wasn't available at the time, and I had to make do with an adapter and an old EF L series lens, which wasn't ideal. So, I'm always curious about the performance of similar lenses for other ecosystems when they hit the market. And this Sony lens looks like a beauty.

In this great video, brought to you by Jake Sloan, he reviews the new Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f/4 G lens and puts it through its paces in places such as Chicago and Alaska. One of the features I really liked was the aperture ring on the lens that you can lock or unlock without playing with buttons or settings on the camera body. He also compares it with the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens. This was especially interesting for me because, along with Sigma, I think that Tamron is most certainly up there with the best third-party lenses. Sony is producing some great gear, so give the video a watch and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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I have had the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16–35mm F4 ZA OSS since 2014 and was perfect for stills, the best for astro Milky Way at the time and still. I understand the need for video lenses but for stills.

With other lenses, the "Name brand" is almost double the price. This, being only $300 difference makes the decision a little easier.