Sony G Master lenses

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sony GM lensesSony has announced its flagship G Master brand of interchangeable lenses. Three full-frame lenses lead the way, a 24-70 mm f/2.8, an 85 mm f/1.4 prime, and a 70-200 mm f/2.8.

The company says these lenses represent “the ultimate blend of high resolution and beautiful bokeh,” and feature innovative optical element technology, design and calibration.

24-70 mm
24-70 mm

The FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM is built with three aspherical elements including a newly developed, extremely precise XA (extreme aspherical) element that reduces aberration and delivers the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom range and aperture range, as well as from corner to corner of all image files, says Sony. Additionally, an ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass element and Super ED glass element keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution and bokeh without any unnatural colouration.

The lens features a 9-bladed aperture that maintains a near circular shape at all settings and is coated with Sony’s Nano AR coating to suppress reflections and ensure spectacular contrast and clarity.

The lens has a direct drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) focusing system featuring a new set of algorithms that position the lens elements quickly and accurately. The motor is claimed to be smooth and quiet.

The lens is dust and moisture resistant and features a compact, streamlined design that includes an AF/MF switch as well as focus hold, zoom lock and hood release buttons.

There are two new matching filters for the lens, the VF-82MP MC protector and VF-82CPAM Circular PL filter.

85 mm
85 mm

Designed as the ultimate portrait lens, the FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM lens features a new XA element as well as three ED glass elements that work together to ensure in-focus areas are captured in extremely high resolution while the surrounding out-of-focus areas dissolve smoothly into a beautiful soft backdrop, notes the company. It has a circular aperture with 11 blades.  Externally, the lens has Nano AR Coating to help reduce flare and ghosting, even with backlit subjects.

The lens includes a ring drive SSM motor system that is said to provide ample power and speed to drive the lens’ large, heavy focus group. It’s also equipped with two position sensors to support flawless focus control of the large, heavy lens elements.

This new professional portrait lens is dust and moisture resistant and also has an aperture ring with on/off switchable click stops that can be adjusted based on whether a user is shooting still images or movies.  It also has an AF / MF switch and a focus hold button.

The FE 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM OSS is said to offer extremely high rendering, AF performance and image stabilization.

The new flagship telephoto zoom model is claimed to deliver extraordinary sharpness and clarity throughout the entire zoom range thanks to three advanced lens elements including XA, Super ED and ED glass components, as well as Nano AR coating.

The 70-200 mm lens features a floating focusing system – a first for an alpha zoom – delivering a minimum focusing distance of 0.96 m and ensuring AF performance is optimized during both still and video shooting. The lens includes an SSM (Super Sonic Motor) plus dual linear motors that work together to move large lens elements quickly – a task requiring a high level of drive control to ensure focus accuracy, explains the company.

The new model also has built in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for capturing sharp, blur-free subjects at all focal lengths and a rotating tripod mount that allows the camera to be quickly removed from a connected tripod.

The lens is dust and moisture resistant with an additional fluorine coating added to the front lens. It also has a focus hold button as well as a focal range limiter.

Sony has also announced new compact 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for the 70-200 mm lens.

The Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM and 85 mm f/1.4 GM lenses will be available in March for about $2,900 and $2,400, respectively.

The 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM and its compatible 1.4x and 2x teleconverters will be available in May, with pricing to be announced.

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