Sony right now launched the FE 24mm F1.Four GM, the eighth lens in its premium G Grasp line of lenses, and the widest prime up to now in that sequence. The G Grasp lens vary covers focal lengths from 16mm on the broad finish with the FE 16-35mm F2.eight GM zoom, to 400mm on the tele finish with the FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS zoom and FE 400mm F2.eight GM OSS prime.

The Sony FE 24mm F1.Four GM is exceptionally compact and light-weight, measuring 3.64 inches in size and three inches in diameter and weighing 15.7 ounces. Sony is positioning this lens as a wonderful selection for panorama images, and likewise for astrophotography as a result of inclusion of two XA (excessive aspherical) components within the optical method, which Sony states “successfully suppresses sagittal flare” to render stars and different distant mild sources sharply. The lens additionally gives strong close-focusing capabilities with a minimal distance of just below 9.5 inches.

Designed to be used with Sony’s full-frame sensor cameras just like the a9 and a7R III, it can be used with Sony APS-C fashions just like the a6500, offering an equal focal size of 36mm with these cameras. The lens will likely be out there in October at a listing value of $1,400.

For added particulars, see right now’s press launch under.

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Sony Expands Full-Body Lens Lineup with Launch of 24mm F1.Four G Grasp™ Prime

New Massive Aperture Broad-Angle Prime Lens is essentially the most compact and lightest in its class[i], with very good sharpness even at F1.4

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2018 –Sony Electronics, Inc. – a world chief in digital imaging and the world’s largest picture sensor producer – has right now launched an thrilling new addition to their acclaimed G Grasp sequence of full-frame E-mount lenses, a 24mm F1.Four prime lens.

Expertly engineered to ship finest at school efficiency throughout all aperture settings, the brand new FE 24mm F1.Four GM (mannequin SEL24F14GM) makes use of Sony’s most superior optical applied sciences to fulfill the wants of essentially the most demanding photographers.  The brand new lens is essentially the most compact and light-weight in its classi, measuring approx. 3.Zero inches x 3.64 inches and weighing solely 15.7 ounces, with a filter diameter of 67mm.  Constructed to satisfy the strict requirements of Sony’s flagship G Grasp sequence, the FE 24mm F1.Four GM gives exceptionally excessive decision and delightful bokeh, two qualities which might be signature attributes of the G Grasp model.

“We’re persevering with to evolve our lens lineup to maximise the ability of our revolutionary α digicam lineup, ” stated Neal Manowitz, vp of imaging options at Sony Electronics.  “The brand new 24mm prime brings an thrilling new perspective to our flagship lens sequence. With its extremely light-weight design and signature G Grasp high quality, our 30thnative full-frame mirrorless lens opens up a brand new world of artistic alternatives for right now’s photographers, videographers and multi-media creators.”

Realizing constantly excessive decision throughout your complete body,even at F1.4,  the FE 24mm F1.Four GM boasts a brand new optical design comprised of 10 teams with 13 components, together with two XA (excessive aspherical) and three ED (Further-low Dispersion) components. The incorporation of two XA components successfully suppresses sagittal flare[ii]to make sure that level mild sources like distant stars might be precisely reproduced, making the FE 24mm F1.Four GM a compelling proposition for astrophotography.  For spectacular readability, Sony’s distinctive Nano AR Coating is utilized to cut back lens flare and ghosting, even in panorama photographs the place the place of the solar might be problematic with a traditional lens.

This excellent efficiency is packaged in a particularly compact and light-weight physique weighing it at solely 15.7 ounces, a welcome aid for panorama or journey photographers which might be mountain climbing, climbing or touring over lengthy distances. This benefit is additional compounded when the FE 24mm F1.Four GM is paired with certainly one of Sony’s award successful α7 / α9 cameras. The light-weight lens design has been realized partly by the event of a brand new excessive energy DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) that delivers roughly thrice higher thrust than the earlier focus system, enabling quick response, excessive positioning accuracy and quiet operation for each stills and film taking pictures.

This unimaginable lens can be an ideal complement to Sony’s APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras corresponding to α6500 and α6300, and brings the overall variety of nativeSony α E-mount lenses to 48[iii].

Along with its panorama and starscape taking pictures talents, the FE 24mm F1.Four GM additionally has glorious shut up efficiency of 0.24 meters (0.79ft.) and delivers tender and pure bokeh, a characteristic that’s widespread throughout Sony’s total G Grasp seriesof lenses.   That is achieved by excessive management over components like spherical aberration, and axial and lateral chromatic aberration, on the design and manufacturing levels, as every lens is individually examined and adjusted to attain most efficiency.

The FE 24mm F1.Four GM additionally contains a variety of skilled controls that aide ease of operation for each stills and film taking pictures. These embody an aperture ring that enables direct, intuitive aperture management, and a spotlight ring that options Linear Response MF for effective, responsive guide focus management.  There’s additionally a customizable focus maintain button, and a focus-mode swap that makes it attainable to shortly choose auto or guide focus to match altering taking pictures situations.

Pricing and Availability

The FE 24mm F1.Four GM will ship in October 2018 for about $1,400 US and $1,900 CA.  The lens will likely be bought at quite a lot of Sony approved sellers all through North America.

[i]In comparison with different full-frame 24mm F1.Four auto-focus prime lenses. As of September 2018 press launch, based mostly on Sony analysis

[ii]A phenomenon that leads to an unnatural spreading of level mild sources that seems considerably like a fowl spreading its wings and turns into extra pronounced in the direction of the picture periphery. It’s most typical in large-aperture lenses

[iii]Together with converters, excluding discontinued fashions

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