Sony has been on a roll with these smaller fast lens releases, and today they announced a fast 14mm f1.8 GM.
The new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master features a compact design, measuring just 3⅜ in x 4 in (83mm x 99.8mm) and weighing just 16.3 oz (460g). Sony states the optical technology delivers superb resolution and stunning contrast. Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and one aspherical lens element maintain resolution throughout the entire image area and contribute to its compact and lightweight design. Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one Super ED glass element result in optical refinements that suppress chromatic aberration and deliver excellent contrast and precise rendering at all apertures.
The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master will be useful in low-light situations for both still and movie shooting, thanks to the maximum F1.8 aperture.
A common problem plaguing wide-angle lenses is light entering at extreme angles that could reflect internally. The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master uses Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II technology to maximize clarity and effectively subdue flare and ghosting.
The 14mm G Master Prime has a 9.8-inch minimum focus distance and a 9-blade circular aperture mechanism for smoother bokeh.
Using two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors, focus can be acquired and maintained even when shooting with a narrow depth of field at F1.8. The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master enables quiet AF with minimal vibration for smooth focus transitions, excellent for video capture.
On Lens Options
The new lens has several control options, including a focus hold button, a focus mode switch, and a focus ring to ensure smooth, efficient operation in a wide range of shooting environments.
Several functions can be assigned to the focus hold button from the camera body interface. The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master also features Linear Response MF for direct and precise manual focusing.
An aperture ring allows intuitive aperture control and is also included, with click stops that can be switched ‘on’ for still photography or switched ‘off’ for smooth and quiet iris transition when capturing video.
The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master also includes a rear filter holder that accepts standard sheet-type filters for ND, color correction, soft filter, and more.
Dust and Moisture Resistant
A dust and moisture resistant design provides the reliability needed for challenging conditions. The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants. The rear element is also fluorine-coated to keep that surface clean when changing the rear filter. The lens also has a built-in petal hood that effectively blocks extraneous light that can cause flare and ghosting.
Pricing and Availability
The new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master will be available in May for approximately $1,600 USD.
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