Say what you will about DxO and their testing methodology, but the fact is that it still provides an interesting metric to compare various lenses that you would not be able to test on your own. So it is notable when a new lens makes it to the pack in its designated category; as is the case today, with the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.
Sony’s new wide-angle FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is now the reigning champion of the DxO wide angle zoom rankings. According to the DxO report, the FE 16-35mm received a sharpness score of 34, a new record for a wide angle zoom lens and making it a great choice to be paired with the likes of an A9 or A7R II. DxO goes on to say it is just simply a better lens, in terms of their testable metrics, than its other wide-angle competitors both on the Sony system and in others.
Now of course, it doesn’t really matter much beyond bragging rights if the Sony GM is better than the Canon or Nikon or Sigma or Tamron or -insert brand here- if those other lenses are not also available on the FE mount (which most aren’t natively: a few work alright with adapters). But regardless, the 42 points overall that the FE 16-35mm scored is a nice feather in Sony’s cap as they continue to be one of the brightest stars in the photography world right now.
You can find the Sony FE 16-35mm ratings and the full wide angle rankings over on the DxO website. If you are interested in picking one of these up you can find them on Amazon right now for $2,198.00.
We’re still working on our review of the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens. It’s the final version in the Sony trinity and Sony decided to go the Canon route vs the Nikon route of 14-24mm f2.8. Why? Maybe they’re going after Canon moreso than Nikon.