New Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens (SEL14F18GM) Review

The new Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM lens is now in stock at B&HPhoto, Amazon and Adorama. The US price is $1,598.

Optical Limits published its full review of the Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM. They say the lens  it is an exceptional lens within its category.

See the excerpt from the review below:

The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM has its flaws but within its category, it is an exceptional lens. The center performance is breathtaking and the outer image field is pretty good as well even at f/1.8 – quite an achievement. Technically, it is never really “tack sharp” in the corners (in high megapixel images) but no extreme ultra-wide angle lens is. There is a bit of field curvature so it’s best to pull the focus a little in infinity depth-of-field scenes. Image distortion is low even in raw images. Unsurprisingly, the vignetting is quite extreme at f/1.8 so it’s best to leave the image auto-correction activated. This also takes care of the moderate CAs. Positive aspects also include the smooth bokeh – unusual for such a lens – and the way sun stars are rendered at smaller aperture settings. The flare resistance is also better than usual but, of course, present when pushing it.

The Sony lens offers a very high build quality in a compact, lightweight package. The lens body is made of some compound material but it feels solid and combined with the anti-dust- and moisture sealing, the lens should be good enough for professional abuse. The AF is super fast and silent. If you prefer setting the aperture on the lens you can do so with this lens. Video makers will also appreciate the clickless option for it.

If you are an ultra-wide fanatic, the Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM is your ticket. Due to its fast max aperture, it is also more versatile than more conventional prime lenses in this range. And it’s reasonably priced for what it is. Highly recommended!

You can read the full review here

Sony FE PZ 16-35mm G & 24-70mm GM II Lenses in Stock and Shipping

Both the new 24-70mm GM II and the 16-35mm G are now in Stock. Designed for E-mount camera systems, Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G (model SELP1635G)Amazon US, BHphoto. and Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens (B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama) now in stock and shipping.

Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Shipping Amazon USBHphoto

Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f/4 G Lens Features

  • The world’s lightest full-frame F4 wide-angle power-zoom lens
  • Outstanding resolution in an ultralight compact G Lens (12.5 oz)
  • Power zoom using 4 XD Linear Motors for responsive operation and control
  • Reduced focus breathing/shift for refined movie imagery
  • Fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking by 2 XD Linear Motors for movies and stills
  • Naturally rendered bokeh and excellent close-up performance (min focus 9.5″)
  • Consistent balance for easy handling with internal focus and zoom structures
  • Focus, zoom and aperture rings with lock and click on/off functions
  • Constant or variable zoom speed from lens or compatible cameras/remotes
  • Dust and moisture resistant design and front fluorine coating for reliability

New Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Reviews

Here are several new Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Reviews. SonyAlphaBlog, TheDigitalDigest and Photographyblog published their in-depth review and test results for the 16-35mm FE lens.

A compact design with superb optics and a power zoom function makes the Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G (model SELP1635G) an ideal choice for all types of creators, whether that means you shoot video, stills, or both.

Designed for E-mount camera systems, the US price of the lens is $1,200 and available for pre-order. Shipping will start from June 24 according to Amazon US and BHphoto.

See below for the new Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Reviews. Continue reading “New Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Reviews”

Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Lens: the Best Selling in the Second Half of May 2022

CAPA WEB posted the best selling lens in the second half of May 2022. The newly announced Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G lens (Amazon / BHphoto) for  E-mount  wins the top 1 position, followed by  Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art lens (Amazon/Adorama).

Data collection period: May 16 to May 31, 2022:

Top 1 Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Amazon / BHphoto
Top 2 Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art AmazonAdorama
Top 3 Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD  Amazon
Top 4 Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art  Amazon
Top 5 Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM  Amazon/  Adorama
Top 6 Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 Di III VXD Amazon
Top 7 Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM  Amazon
Top 8 Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S   Amazon Adorama
Top 9 Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S  AmazonAdorama
Top 10 Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN C AmazonAdorama

Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Lens is the Best Selling in the Second Half of May 2022

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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Review: “phenomenal optics into a slim, carry-friendly package”

Here is an excellent review of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens (B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama) for E-mount cameras.

This Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Review comes from PcMag. They’ve tested the new lens and says the mark ii version offers “phenomenal optics into a slim, carry-friendly package”.

From their conclusion :

You can criticize Sony for replacing a lens it originally billed as future-proof, but the new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is a worthwhile upgrade. First and foremost, it’s easier to carry—Sony has come a long way with miniaturization since it tipped the GM system. This slim zoom joins svelte lenses like the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM II OSS, FE 50mm F1.2 GM, and FE 24mm F1.4 GM, all of which made us rethink how hefty well-corrected, bright aperture lenses should be. The redesign also adds useful on-lens controls for photo and video, something missing from Sony’s first take.

Internally, there’s a fresh optical formula that performs a bit better than the original on Sony’s most demanding camera sensor, the 60MP chip in the a7R IV. Furthermore, dual linear motors make focus performance a bit snappier, and picture quality is a little better than with the older lens. Aside from a bit of focus breathing, we don’t have many criticisms about the optics.

Despite excellent optics, the original FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM didn’t quite earn our Editors’ Choice award when we reviewed it, and it’s now a bit behind the times in terms of controls and design. You can still buy it for around $2,000, but we recommend you spend more to get the GM II—it’s a standout lens, and an Editors’ Choice winner.

See Official Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens sample images. More additional coverage of the lens can be found here.

Full Sony a7R V (ILCE-7RM5) Specifications

Full Sony a7R V (ILCE-7RM5) Specifications have been leaked online. Sony A7RV is already in the upcoming Sony cameras for the year 2022. Sony is rumored to announce the Sony a7R V and a new ZV-1 styled camera before the Sony A9 III camera (successor of Sony A9 II).

Here are the full specifications of the upcoming Sony a7R V (ILCE-7RM5) mirrorless camera. Continue reading “Full Sony a7R V (ILCE-7RM5) Specifications”

Official Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Sample Images

Official Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens sample images now available online. Sony USA has posted full size sample images of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens (B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama) for mirrorless cameras.

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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Additional Coverage

Sony has finally introduced the second version of their standard zoom lens, the long-awaited Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II for E-mount cameras. Here is an additional coverage of the new standard zoom lens with first impressions and hands-on reviews.

According to Sony, it’s the world’s lightest and most compact lens in its category. This upgraded model comes with optical improvements, better AF, upgraded usability, and a few new video-centric features. The lens is priced at $2,299.99 and will be available in June 2022 at B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama. Let’s head over to Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Additional Coverage. Continue reading “Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Additional Coverage”

Sony Electronics Introduces New FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II, the World’s Smallest and Lightest F2.8 Standard Zoom Lens

Newest G Master™ Series Lens in Sony’s Mirrorless E-mount Lineup with Industry-leading Optical Design, Unique Actuator Technologies, Advanced Autofocus and More

SAN DIEGO, CA – April 27, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. announced today the 67th lens in its mirrorless E-mount lineup – the highly-anticipated, FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II (model – SEL2470GM2). Sony developed the world’s lightest F2.8 standard zoom lensi using its leading lens technology to deliver stunning resolution and beautiful bokeh known to Sony’s “G Master” series. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is one of the most versatile lenses in the line-up and was created for photographers, videographers, and hybrid content creators.

“Six years have passed since Sony released the first 24-70 mm F2.8 G Master and in that time, our customers’ needs have changed,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “We are always listening to our community and have designed the new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II around feedback from creators. Knowing the 24-70 mm focal length is extremely popular, it was imperative that we continue improving to bring our most advanced technology to such a critical lens in our customers’ kit. Today, we are thrilled to introduce the world’s smallest and lightest F2.8 standard zoom lens.”

Evolved Image Quality in a Zoom Lens that Rivals Prime Lenses[i]

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is great for a compact yet versatile set up and allows users to capture extremely sharp, detailed imagery for both stills and video. The new lens features high resolution across the frame—even with the aperture wide open. A completely redesigned optical path features five aspherical elements, including two high-precision XA (extreme aspherical) elements. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II also includes two ED (extra-low dispersion) plus two Super ED glass elements. Combined with a new floating focus mechanism, the lens effectively controls chromatic aberration, astigmatism, distortion and coma so that outstanding resolution is achieved throughout the image area at all zoom and aperture settings.

Even when shooting in challenging lighting conditions, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II achieves excellent clarity by effectively subduing flare and ghosting. This is thanks to Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II, which produces a uniform anti-reflecting coating on the lens surface. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II produces stunning bokeh throughout the zoom range with beautiful and almost perfectly circular bokeh with its advanced optical design and a newly developed 11-blade aperture unit.

In this new 24-70 mm design, this lens delivers outstanding close-up performance with a minimum focusing distance of 8.25 inches (0.21 meters) at 24 mm and 12 inches (0.30 meters) at 70 mm, and with a maximum magnification of 0.32x.

Fast and Precise Autofocus

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II achieves reliable focus by using four of Sony’s original XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors, a floating focus mechanism and advanced lens control – even when shooting a fast-moving subject. In addition, the lens supports up to 30 fps[ii]continuous shooting for stills and 4K 120p video recording with autofocus.

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II enables full AF tracking performance even when shooting stills with the aperture stopped down, making it possible to use deeper depth of field to ensure that moving subjects remain in sharp focus when shooting continuously[iii]. The lens’ AF tracking performance while zooming is approximately two times better than the previous model[iv].

Refined Capabilities for Creative Filmmaking

With its constant F2.8 maximum aperture, astounding AF performance, versatile control, and solid reliability, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is designed for all types of video applications. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II offers extremely quiet AF operation, thanks to the XD Linear Motors and a newly developed aperture unit. Using the latest lens technology, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II reduces focus breathing, focus shift and axial shift when zooming for smooth video footage. This lens also supports the breathing compensation function[v] provided in compatible Alpha series cameras.

As an added benefit for advanced video creation, the newest lens includes Linear Response MF (manual focus) that ensures high repeatability when focusing manually as the focus ring responds directly and repeatedly to subtle control. It also includes an aperture ring making manual aperture/iris control fast, direct, and easy. The dedicated iris ring enables click-less control to achieve smooth depth of field transitions.

Unrivaled Mobility

Designed to perfectly pair with Sony’s compact Alpha™ system E-mount cameras, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is the world’s smallest and lightesti 24-70 mm F2.8 zoom in its class and offers unprecedented shooting flexibility and freedom in a wide range of situations. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II weighs just 24.6 ounces (695 grams), approximately 20% less (7 ounces) than the original 24-70 mm F2.8 G Master. The lens’ length has been reduced by 16 mm, and overall volume has been reduced by approximately 18%.

Reliability and Improved Control

The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II was developed based on feedback from professionals to offer even better control and usability than preceding models. This model includes:

  • Zoom smoothness switch to adjust zoom ring torque either Tight or Smooth
  • A newly added aperture ring with click ON/OFF switch and iris lock switch
  • Two customizable focus hold buttons
  • The focus ring that responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually
  • New lens hood design with opening to control circular polarizing filters (dia. 82mm)
  • The center of gravity back toward the mount for improved handling and operation

An updated dust and moisture resistant[vi] design provides extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions. The buttons and switches are fitted with rubber gaskets, and a rubber ring seals the lens mount. The front lens element also features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants, while making it easier to wipe off any contaminants or fingerprints that become attached to the lens surface.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II will be available in June for approximately $2,300.00 USD and $3,000.00 CAD and will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

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Notes

[i] MTF chart comparison

[ii] When paired with the Alpha 1. “Hi+” continuous shooting mode. Effective at 1/125 seconds or higher shutter speed. In AF-C mode at shutter speed of 1/250 seconds or higher. The maximum continuous frame rate will depend on the shooting mode.

[iii] With a compatible camera and the camera’s [Aperture Drive in AF] parameter set to [Focus Priority]. See Sony’s support page on the web for camera compatibility info.

[iv] Sony tests. Compared to SEL2470GM.

[v] Compatibility info at: https://www.sony.net/dics/breathing/ Available in movie mode only. Angle of view and image quality may change slightly when this function is used. Compensation may not be able to cover all situations.

[vi] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Images and Specifications

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens images and specifications have been leaked online. Official announcement of the standard soom lens will be tomorrow.

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens is designed similar as current FE 70-200mm GM II lens.

  • Lens model: SEL2470GM2
  • Shortest shooting distance: 21cm
  • Filter diameter: 82mm
  • Weight: 695g
  • Price: £2099 / €2399

As mentioned earlier, Sony ZV-style cameras and the a7R V and a9 III will be available later this year.

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