G Master Range of Interchangeable Lenses Announced by Sony

February 3rd, 2016 Jump to Comment Section 20
G Master Range of Interchangeable Lenses Announced by Sony

It’s been a busy day for Sony’s Press Centre. On top of announcing the new A6300, they’ve also introduced their brand new line of interchangeable lenses: the G Master range. Included are three new E-mount, full frame lenses.

The three lenses announced today include a 24-70mm constant F2.8 standard zoom, an 85mm F1.4 telephoto prime and a 70-200mm constant F2.8 telephoto zoom.

Sony G Master Lenses First Look

G Master 24-70mm F2.8 (SEL2470GM)

This lens features three aspherical elements, one of which is a new to market XA (extreme aspherical) which is said to reduce aberration while allowing the entire zoom and aperture range to maintain the highest resolution possible. The other two, the ED (extra dispersion) and Super ED elements are designed to keep chromatic aberration down while avoiding unnatural bokeh.

The SEL2470GM features a Nano AR coated, 9-bladed aperture that’s designed to remain circular in all settings, designed to suppress reflections.

A new algorithm has been introduced for the SSM, allowing quick and accurate positioning of all lens elements.

G Master 24-70mm overview:g master 24-70mm lens

  • XA, Super ED, and ED elements
  • Nano AR coated
  • 9-blade aperture
  • AF/MF switch
  • Focus hold, zoom lock, and hood release buttons
  • Dust and moisture resistant

G Master 85mm F1.4 (SEL85F14GM)

Designed as the G Master range’s answer to portraits, the 85mmF1.4 features the new XA element, as well as three separate ED elements—all working in conjunction to maximize the resolution for in-focus objects while subtly dissipating out-of-focus areas.

The 85mm lens also features the most blades ever used on a single lens—a total of eleven—designed to ensure smooth bokeh, as well as an external Nano AR coating to reduce flare.

This telephoto prime lens also features a ring drive SSM and two position sensors, all working in conjunction to control the lens’ heavy hardware.

G Master 85mm F1.4 overview:g master 85mm lens

  • XA and ED elements
  • An 11-blade aperture
  • External Nano AR coating
  • A ring drive SSM
  • 2 position sensors
  • Aperture ring with on/off switch
  • AF/MF switch
  • Focus hold button
  • Dust and moisture resistant

G Master FE 70-200mm F2.8 (SEL70200GM)

The G Master’s answer to the frequently used 70-200mm FR, Sony’s new telephoto zoom lens features three elements, including the new XA, alongside Super ED and ED elements. It also packs an external Nano AR coating.

The FE 70-200mm holds a floating focus system, the first of its kind to be included in a zoom lens, providing a minimum focusing distance of 0.96—and ensuring optimal performance during photography and filmmaking.

Featured again is an SSM, working in conjunction with dual linear motors to shift large lens elements quickly and accurately. Also built in is Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and a rotating tripod mount.

G Master FE 70-200mm F2.8 overview:g master 70-200mm lens

  • XA, Super ED, and ED elements
  • A floating focus system
  • SSM & Dual linear motors
  • Eleven blade diaphragm
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • A rotating tripod mount
  • Fluorine coating
  • Focus hold button
  • Focal range limiter
  • Dust and moisture resistant

Also announced today were two teleconverters, 1.4x and 2x models, set to be compatible with the FE 70-200mm lens.

G Master Range Pricing and Availability

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 and 85mm F1.4 lenses will be available in Europe from March 2016, priced around €2,400 and €2,000, respectively.

The G Master FE 70-200mm F2.8 Telephoto Zoom lens, and its teleconverters are due to be released in May 2016 and pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Visit Sony’s Press Centre for the full release.

Image: Sony Europe.

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