The new SEL1655G could become a desirable universal standard zoom lens for filmmakers. The universal focal length range of 16 to 55 millimeters roughly corresponds to the image ratio obtained on a full-frame camera at 24-82mm. Remarkable is the continuous aperture of F2.8 at the beginning, which can only be achieved on an APS-C/S35 image circle in a compact and easy way.
Thus, the SEL1655G weighs only 494 grams. It has an aperture of nine lamellas and the built-in XD (extreme dynamic) linear motor should support the autofocus functions of the last camera generation in the best way. The dust- and moisture-resistant design allows a (freely reassignable) focus hold button on the outer skin. In addition, the lens ring should behave linearly during manual focus override. Sony also likes to rely on camera housings with a moving sensor for stabilisation, as this lens unfortunately doesn't have its own stabiliser.
This again does not apply to the Super Telezoom lens E 70-350 millimeter F4.5-6.3 G OSS. This is because it comes with an image stabilizer. In this case, the small image equivalent focal length range corresponds to 105 to 525 millimetres. Nevertheless, this lens remains relatively compact and light (625 grams) and is also protected against dust and moisture.
Both lenses will be available from October 2019. The standard zoom lens SEL-1655G will cost 1,299 Euro, the super telephoto zoom lens SEL-70350G will cost 899 Euro.