Sony has announced two new lenses at WPPI 2017 which will surely excite wedding and portrait photographers who use Sony E-mount cameras. The new lenses are:
- Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 G Master OSS Telephoto Prime
- Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Telephoto Prime
Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF G MASTER OSS
This G Master mid-telephoto full-frame prime lens has been designed specifically with bokeh in mind, while nonetheless ensuring the G Master series’ high standard of resolution. The lens is aimed at a variety of photographers, including portrait, fashion, nature and wedding shooters.
To help create smooth out-of-focus areas and impressive defocusing capabilities, the lens has a newly designed 11-blade aperture and an optical apodization lens element. The apodization lens element acts similarly to a neutral density filter that increases in density as you move toward the edge of the frame, creating photos with soft, smooth bokeh and enhanced depth. With that said, the lens has been designed to produce minimal vignetting. Without having the lens in our hands, it’s impossible to substantiate Sony’s claims about optical performance, but their previous G Master efforts have certainly impressed us.
The prime lens promises fast and accurate autofocus performance, as it supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF2, equipped with a Super Sonic Motor (SSM). The lens can also focus closely enough to offer 0.25x macro capabilities. To keep your shots free from motion blur, the 100mm f/2.8 STF GM lens has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Usability features include a customizable focus hold button, AF/MF switch, macro switching ring, aperture ring, dust- and moisture-resistance.
In total, the 100mm f/2.8 GM lens has 13 elements in 10 groups, not counting the APD element. Its close-focusing distance is 1.87 feet (0.57 meters). The lens takes 72mm filters, has dimensions (diameter x length) of 3.35 x 4.65 inches (85.2 x 118.1 millimeters) and weighs 24.7 ounces (700 grams).
You can preorder the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS lens on February 9 at 10:00 AM EST for just under US$1,500. The lens will retail for CAD$2,050 in Canada. Sony expects the lens to be available in March.
FE 85mm f/1.8 Telephoto Prime Lens
The new SEL85F18 mid-telephoto prime lens offers an extremely versatile, lightweight and compact telephoto prime lens solution for a variety of Sony camera owners ranging from working professionals to emerging enthusiasts that have stepped up to an APS-C or full-frame camera for the first time. With its wide f/1.8 aperture, it can produce impressive, exceptionally sharp portraits with soft background defocus that take advantage of its 85mm focal length and wide f/1.8 maximum aperture.
The new prime lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button that can be customized and assigned together with functions in the camera body like the popular Eye-AF feature. There is a smooth, responsive focus ring and AF/MF switch and the lens is also dust and moisture resistant.
Aimed more at enthusiasts than the professional-oriented G Master portrait prime, the FE 85mm f/1.8 is less expensive. When it launches in March, it will sell for US$600 and CAD$800. You can preorder the lens on February 9 at 10:00 AM EST.