Sony’s latest lens in its high-performance G Grasp line is a traditional telephoto portrait lens promising edge-to-edge sharpness and delightful bokeh. Unveiled on Tuesday, February 26, the FE 135mm f/1.eight GM is a full-frame E-mount prime lens that, along with portraiture, is designed to deal with indoor sports activities, close-up pictures, and video work. The corporate right this moment additionally introduced new round polarizing filters, designed to protect picture high quality higher than Sony’s present choices.
The brand new 135mm lens is constructed with 13 glass parts in 10 teams, together with an XA component and Tremendous ED glass designed to understand the potential of the most recent high-resolution cameras. Sony says the design permits the lens to take care of sharpness and distinction even in direction of the perimeters of a picture higher than related competing lenses.
The medium telephoto focal size and vivid, f/1.eight aperture work collectively for clean, defocused backgrounds to obviously separate a topic from the atmosphere, however Sony has gone a step additional by rising the variety of aperture blades to 11. Which means rounder blur circles even at smaller apertures, which is usually thought-about to be a extra pure look. (Most pictures lenses have between seven and 9 blades.) Sony additionally built-in excessive aspherical parts into the lens to forestall “onion ring bokeh,” the place blur circles have distinct layers inside them somewhat than a uniform or easily pale look.
The lens makes use of an inside floating focusing mechanism. Contained in the lens, two separate focus teams, which might additionally function independently, transfer collectively to lock focus. Sony says the 2 XD (excessive dynamic) linear motors enable the lens to focus shortly and exactly. For video, the focusing system additionally permits for quiet efficiency with out vibration or focus respiration. Focus respiration is the phenomenon of the sphere of view of the lens truly altering barely as the main target is modified, one thing that issues little for nonetheless pictures however could be distracting in video.
Additionally of significance to video shooters, an aperture click on change permits customers to allow or disable click on stops when utilizing the aperture ring. When disabled, the aperture turns into infinitely variable like that of a cinema lens, offering clean publicity changes whereas filming. A linear-response handbook focus ring rounds out the video-specific focus options.
The distinctive design of the focusing system additionally permits the lens to focus nearer than related 135mm lenses, from as little as 2.three toes away. With the 135mm focal size, that enables for a 0.25x magnification. Moreover, a spotlight vary limiter can be utilized to maximise pace when the complete focusing vary is just not wanted. Two customizable focus maintain buttons will also be custom-set to completely different controls.
Whereas a 135mm lens isn’t going to be light-weight and compact, Sony says the brand new lens has an edge on the competitors in dimension as nicely. The lens weighs about 33.5 ounces and has a 5-inch-long barrel, making it about six ounces lighter than the Sigma 135mm f/1.eight Artwork, one among our favourite portrait lenses. All of Sony’s G Grasp lenses are additionally sealed in opposition to mud and moisture.
Sony says the brand new line of round polarizing filters pair nicely with G Grasp lenses. The corporate says the polarizers protect picture high quality higher than the earlier line. Obtainable in sizes 49mm, 55mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm, the filters are designed to be slim whereas utilizing a Zeiss coating to reduce flaring.
The lens is predicted to ship by the tip of April for about $1,900. The filters retail between $100 and $230, relying on the dimensions.