Sony has just announced the FE 35mm f1.4 GM lens; the latest addition to the company’s top-echelon G Master full-frame series. And as you’d expect from any G Master lens, you get exceptional image quality from corner to corner, paired with exquisite bokeh, all wrapped up in a compact and lightweight body.
In particular, this will be a fantastic option for video users as well, as the new 35mm GM will be able to utilize the latest AF advancements in cameras like the Sony a7s III.
Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Quick Features
- Full-Frame lens, maximum f1.4 aperture
- 67mm filter front
- AF/MF switch button
- Hold Focus button
- De-clickable iris ring
- 27cm close focusing distance
- 2 x XA (Extreme Aspherical) glass elements
- ED glass element to supress CA/colour fringing
- Fluorine coating; easy to clean front element
- Dust and moisture resistant design
- 11-blade aperture design for smooth, circular bokeh
- Weighs only 524g
- Pre-order: $1,398 at B&H Photo/Video
Superior Resolution in a Compact Design
Sony latest 35mm addition to the G Master line-up boasts their state-of-the-art optical design bringing some serious sharpness, image detail, and precision focus performance to a compact lens that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Furthermore, the new 35mm weighs just 524 grams. A compact 67mm front filter thread will make using circular polarizers and ND filters a breeze.
Top-Echelon Advanced Optical Design
Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements effectively maintain superb resolution throughout the image area. In addition, an ED (Extra Low Dispersion) glass element and other optical refinements effectively suppress chromatic aberration and purple fringing for breath-taking results.
“Bokeh” G-Master standard focal length lens
A nearly perfect rounded bokeh can be rendered by the Sony 35mm f1.4 GM thanks to its 11-blade construction. Also, the lens engineers at Sony have payed a nearly fanatical attention to detail when it comes to spherical aberration control at both the design and the manufacturing stages. This contributes to beautiful G Master bokeh that make your subjects really stand out and pop in your photos and videos.
Moreover, the lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 27cm with a maximum magnification of 0.23x in autofocus mode, giving you even more control in both still and video mode.
Advanced Autofocus in both 4K Video and Stills
This new lens has 2 of Sony’s XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors for extra precise AF (autofocus) and tracking. They are further aided by the state-of-the-art control algorithms, developed specifically for the XD Linear Motors, which improve control response and precision whilst minimising vibration and noise for fast, smooth and silent AF performance.
Advanced focusing modes work even in high frame rates such as 4K/60p.
Nonetheless, the Linear Response MF is ideal for video creators using this lens for video as it ensures the focus ring responds to subtle control when focusing manually. The focus ring rotation translates directly to a corresponding change in focus, so control feels immediate and precise.
Professional control and reliability
The new Sony FE 35mm f1.4 GM offers full professional control, with a focus hold button, focus mode switch to support smooth, efficient operation.
An aperture ring with switchable click stops can be turned off for movie shooting, and when used on an APS-C camera or with a Super 35 angle of view, it can be used as a standard lens equivalent to 52.5mm.
The focus hold button can be assigned to several other functions via a camera body menu, providing direct access to functions that are vital to photographers and videographers alike.
It was created to be reliable with a dust and moisture resistant design and a fluorine front element coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants.
Pricing and Availability
The new Sony 35mm f/1.4 G Master is due top ship end of January from Sony authorised dealers for $1,400/£1,500/€1,700.
You can pre-order from B&H in you are in the US.
For full specifications and more info head over to Sony’s website.