Sony launched the 30th native E-mount lens at this time with flare — or slightly the shortage of it. The Sony 24mm f/1.four G Grasp lens makes use of main Excessive Aspherical (XA) glass to suppress aberrations and flare. The lens, introduced on Thursday, September 20, additionally makes use of a newly designed autofocus motor for quicker, exact focusing.
Most lens producers place the aspherical lens components in a secondary place within the lens, however Sony’s newest E-Mount makes use of the XA glass in main positions at each the very entrance and really rear of the lens building. The change, Sony says, helps additional squelch chromatic aberration, whereas additionally creating clean bokeh. The design also can assist get rid of sagittal flaring, which might create diamond-shaped stars in astrophotography, and it enhances sharpness and distinction.
The Sony 24mm f/1.four G Grasp additionally homes the corporate’s newest autofocus motor, a brand new direct drive supersonic motor (DDSSM). Sony says the brand new motor improves velocity and precision whereas additionally lowering noise. The motor additionally deliberately “wobbles” for quiet steady autofocus whereas recording movies, Sony says. The autofocus can lock on as shut as about 10 inches away from the topic.
The lens is constructed from 13 components in 10 teams with an 11-blade aperture. Sony says the lens delivers the bokeh and edge-to-edge sharpness that’s the main focus for the Grasp G sequence.
In comparison with competing 24mm f/1.four lenses, Sony says the brand new G Grasp lens is lighter and smaller, weighing in at just below a pound. The lens is weather-sealed to withstand mud and moisture. The press ring aperture can be disabled for movies.
In our early hands-on expertise with the lens, the brand new 24mm feels nicely made and light-weight. Pairing the lens with the Sony a7R III, we shot some good pictures at f1/.four with glorious bokeh in addition to sharp handheld pictures at f/11. Whereas the lens appears like a stable panorama lens, the attention AF additionally produced good portraits.
Sony says that the lens is designed for top decision — and never only for present E-Mount cameras however future our bodies as nicely. The Sony 24mm f/1.four G Grasp might be out there starting in October with a $1,400 checklist worth.