Sony’s 16-35mm F2.8 GM II lens is smaller, lighter and more capable than its predecessor. Optical improvements come in the form of better corner-to-corner sharpness and a new close-focus distance of just 22 cm.

Meanwhile, an 11-bladed aperture produces stunning sun stars when stopped down. Shot wide open, the lens renders out-of-focus regions with an almost dream-like quality. Plus, photo and video shooters both will likely appreciate the lens’ super-fast, near-silent autofocus system, which employs four linear motors.

Editor’s note: This sample gallery was shot in parallel with our testing of the Sony a7C II camera. We will add additional images from a higher-resolution body at a future date.

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