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Sony announces FE 35mm F1.4 G Master™ Lens

Sony has just announced the FE 35mm F1.4 GM (SEL35F14GM) to it’s G Master line up of lenses.

At Sony, our purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology so we designed the FE 35mm F1.4 GM to perfectly capture the moments that need to be saved forever

Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe.
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The lens is quite compact with dimensions of 76 x 96mm, weighing only 524 grams. For an F1.4 lens, this is quite light. It also has a Φ67mm thread for adding filters.

The lens has 10 groups for a total of 14 elements. Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and an ED glass element help suppress chromatic aberration and purple fringing.

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MTF Chart – [1] Contrast (%)  [2] Distance from optical center of lens (mm)  [3] Max. aperture  [4] F8 aperture  [5] Spatial frequency  [6] 10 line pairs / mm  [7] 30 line pairs / mm [8]  R: Radial values  T: Tangential values

With an 11-blade aperture, the lens should deliver smooth and circular bokeh.

A minimum focus distance of 27cm will deliver reasonable magnification for a 35mm prime lens.

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Autofocus Motors

The lens uses two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors to provide fast and accurate autofocus. The lens does look to be a drive-by-wire type like a number of Sony’s other lenses.

Lens Control

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The lens offers manual control with the aperture ring with a de-click switch for smooth video exposure transitions.

A focus hold button is also configurable in camera.

Being a G Master lens, it is weather-sealed and has a fluorine front element coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 35mm F1.4 GM will be available end of January, at a variety of Sony’s authorised dealers, for an estimated retail price of £1,500/€1,700/$1,398 USD.

Other 35mm f/1.4 E-mount lenses include:

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E – $799 USD

Sony/Zeiss Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens – $1,598 USD

Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 – $748 USD

The Sigma (755g) & Distagon (630g) lenses are much larger and heavier than the new G Master (524g).

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