Sony have simply unveiled a brand new massive aperture ultra-wide-angle prime lens, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM, for his or her full-frame mirrorless Alpha cameras.
This lens guarantees to supply glorious picture high quality with excellent nook to nook decision, options two XD Linear Motors for quick, quiet and exact AF monitoring, and has a really compact, light-weight design.
The FE 14mm F1.8 GM is the 14th G Grasp lens that Sony have launched thus far, becoming a member of the 43 different full-frame E-mount lenses within the vary.
This versatile 14mm prime can be utilized for starscapes, landscapes, structure, portraits, real-estate and even close-up images.
The optical building is 14 components in 11 teams together with two XA lens components, two ED and one Tremendous ED glass ingredient.
The superior optical design successfully minimizes coma and astigmatism that may be troublesome to manage in ultra-wide-angle lenses.
Measuring 83 x 99.8mm and weighing simply 460g, the Sony 14mm F1.8 is a remarkably compact and light-weight lens.
It boasts a fluorine coating on the entrance and rear components, a mud and moisture resistant design, a customisable focus maintain button, linear response guide focus ring and a de-clickable aperture ring.
The minimal focusing distance is 25cm which provides plenty of inventive potentialities for close-up nonetheless and film capturing, and it helps quick inside focusing by transferring the center teams of the optical system.
Because the lens has a bulbous entrance ingredient, it utilises a rear filter holder with a template provided within the field.
There are actually two 14mm F1.8 prime lenses out there for Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless cameras – the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art that was launched in 2017 and the brand new Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM that was launched in April 2021.
Seen aspect by aspect, it is apparent that the Sigma 14mm F1.8 is a a lot bigger lens than the Sony 14mm F1.8.
That is principally as a result of the Sigma is a DSLR lens that has been repurposed for mirrorless, whereas the Sony is a model new, ground-up design that advantages from utilizing the very newest mirrorless optical applied sciences.
The Sony is a whopping 35% shorter than the Sigma – 99.8mm vs 152mm – and weighs nearly 1/third of its primary rival – 460g vs 1230g.
Because the Sony 14mm F1.8 shouldn’t be as front-heavy because the Sigma 14mm F1.8, it is also a lot simpler to rapidly set it up on a gimbal.
If measurement and weight are of paramount significance, then the Sony is clearly the 14mm lens to decide on.
Certainly, it is so small and light-weight that it even beats some 14mm F2.8 lenses in each of those departments – the Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 is barely shorter however 40g heavier than the Sony FE 14mm F1.8.
The Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM will go on sale in Might 2021 priced at £1400 / €1600 within the UK and Europe.
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The Latest Addition to Sony’s E-mount Lens Lineup Provides Extraordinary Decision, Quiet Autofocus Capabilities, Lovely Bokeh and Extra
Sony additional expands its E-mount lens lineup with the introduction of the FE 14mm F1.8 GM (mannequin SEL14F18GM) – a compact, massive F1.8 aperture, ultra-wide angle lens that permits customers to seize the world with new views, particularly when capturing landscapes, structure, starry skies and interiors.
“The most recent member of Sony’s G Grasp collection, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM, delivers extraordinary decision, quick and quiet autofocus and is remarkably compact, “mentioned Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Advertising, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “We’re always innovating based mostly on the wants of our prospects and can proceed to develop the most effective know-how in order that they’ll realise their inventive imaginative and prescient.”
Extraordinary Decision in a Compact and Light-weight Design
The brand new FE 14mm F1.8 GM encompasses a compact optical design, measuring simply 3⅜ in x 4 in and weighing simply 16.3 oz, with superior optical know-how that delivers excellent decision and beautiful distinction. Two XA (excessive aspherical) components preserve glorious decision all through the picture space even at corners, which allows its compact and light-weight design. Two ED (Further-low Dispersion) glass ingredient and one Tremendous ED glass ingredient lead to optical refinements that suppress chromatic aberration and ship glorious distinction and exact rendering in any respect apertures.
Customers can faithfully render gentle level sources due to a most aperture of F1.8, making it doable to seize astrophotography or shoot in different low-light environments with out having to make use of extraordinarily gradual shutter speeds. When capturing in difficult lighting circumstances, Sony’s authentic Nano AR Coating II know-how maximises readability by subduing flare and ghosting.
The FE 14mm F1.8 GM can produce stunning bokeh at F1.8, even with the ultra-wide 14mm focal size. With a 9.8-inch minimal focus distance, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM provides expanded potentialities for close-up nonetheless and video capturing and creates beautiful bokeh recognized to Sony’s G Grasp premium collection of lenses. As well as, its exact XA components, a 9-blade round aperture mechanism and optimally managed aberration permits the FE 14mm F1.8 GM to provide beautiful background bokeh with out the undesirable onion-ring impact.
Superior and Quiet Autofocus
Utilizing two XD (excessive dynamic) Linear Motors, focus may be precisely acquired and maintained even when capturing with slender depth of subject at F1.8, giving skilled shooters the reliability they should get the job executed in difficult circumstances. Furthermore, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM allows quiet AF with minimal vibration for clean focus transitions, excellent for video content material creation.
Skilled Degree Management and Reliability
The brand new lens additionally options a number of superior and versatile management choices together with, a spotlight maintain button, a spotlight mode swap and a spotlight ring to make sure clean, environment friendly operation in a variety of capturing environments. For added customisation, quite a lot of capabilities may be assigned to the main target maintain button from the digicam physique interface. The FE 14mm F1.8 GM additionally options Linear Response MF for direct and exact guide focusing. An aperture ring that permits intuitive aperture management can be included. For added inventive freedom, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM features a rear filter holder that accepts customary sheet-type filters for ND, color correction, comfortable filter, and many others.
A mud and moisture resistant design[i] gives the reliability wanted for difficult circumstances. The entrance lens ingredient encompasses a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and different contaminants. The rear ingredient can be fluorine coated to maintain that floor clear when altering the rear filter. The lens additionally has a built-in petal hood that successfully blocks extraneous gentle that may trigger flare and ghosting.
Pricing and Availability
The brand new FE 14mm F1.8 GM can be out there in Might at a wide range of Sony’s authorised sellers, for an estimated retail value of £1,400 / €1,600.
[i] Not assured to be 100% mud and moisture proof.
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