Additional Coverage of the Sony G Master Lenses

Here is a recap of the new, ultra-high-resolution Sony G Master lenses designed for E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras.

A new series of Sony G Master lenses lineup includes the mid-range FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM zoom, a near-perfect FE 85mm f/1.4 GM portrait prime, and a telephoto staple in the form of the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS.

The new high-end Sony G master lenses optimized for its full-frame E-mount cameras, also known as GM series sits above the current ‘G-series‘ lenses with a premium price. 

Additional Coverage of the Sony G Master Lenses

Sony G Master Lenses Technical Specifications

FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM FE 85mm f/1.4 GM FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS
Lens Mount Sony Full Frame E-mount Sony Full Frame E-mount Sony Full Frame E-mount
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent on APS-C) 24-70mm (36-105mm) 85mm (127.5mm) 70-200mm (105-300mm)
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 f/1.4 f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22 f/16 f/22
Angle of View 84-34° 29° 34°-12°30′
Minimum Focusing Distance 1.25′ / 38 cm 2.6′ / 80 cm 3.2′ / 96 cm
Magnification 0.24x 0.12x 0.25x
Lens Construction 18 elements / 13 groups 11 elements / 8 groups 23 elements / 18 groups
Image Stabilization None None Yes, Optical SteadyShot
Diaphragm Blades 9, circular 11, circular 11, circular
Filter Ring Diameter 82mm 77mm 77mm
Dimensions 3.4 x 5.4″ / 87.6 x 136.0mm 3.5 x 4.2″ / 89.5 x 107.5mm 3.5 x 7.9″ / 88 x 200mm
Weight 31.3 oz / 886 g 29 oz / 820 g 52.3 oz / 1480 g

Features

The FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM features special elements for reducing aberrations and increasing resolution, a 9-bladed aperture, special coatings for reduced reflections, a direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor) for fast and quiet focusing, dust and moisture resistance, and a compact design.

The FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens has an 11 blade circular aperture (the most offered in an α lens) for smooth bokeh, Nano AR coating for reducing flare and ghosting, a ring drive SSM motor, dust and moisture resistance, and an aperture ring with on/off switchable click stops (for smooth adjustments during video recording).

The FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM features special coatings (Nano AR and fluorine), a floating focusing system (the first in an α zoom lens) for improved AF performance, a minimum focusing distance of just 0.96m (~3.15ft), a SSM and dual linear motors, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, dust and moisture resistance, a focus hold button, and a focal range limiter.

Sony G Master Lenses Video Reviews

Photographer Matt Granger had a chance to test the new FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens, comparison with Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens for the size and image quality.

 

Tony Northrup has posted his review of new Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens which is the company’s first f/2.8 zoom full frame e-mount lens. Here are some conclusions from his review:

  • Image quality is similar to that of the latest pro DSLR bodies & lenses: the Canon 5DS-R with the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II and the Nikon D810 with the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8.
  • Auto-focusing, even in low light, is comparable to the DSLRs.
  • The electronic viewfinder previews your exposure, so you never again have to chimp. You can see a histogram while you shoot and see overexposed parts of the picture highlighted.
  • 4k video, either full-frame or with a 1.5X crop.
  • The a7R II’s sensor stabilization means you can handhold this lens with longer shutter speeds. Canon doesn’t offer a stabilized 24-70 f/2.8, and Nikon’s 24-70 f/2.8 VR is known to be a bit less sharp.
  • The tilt screen is critical for shooting low to the ground or over crowds.

Read full reivew at Tony Northrup Photo

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