Sony expands their premiere photography lens range with the new ultra-wide angle Sony FE 14mm f1.8 G Master lens.
A truly compact lens for its class, the new FE 14mm f1.8 GM features a super-bright maximum aperture opening rated at f/1.8 and an ultra-wide angle of view.
This allows photographers and video creators to capture the world with new perspectives by delivering sharp resolution from corner to corner with no visible distortion, especially when shooting landscapes, architecture, starry skies and interiors.
Compact and Lightweight Design
Furthermore, the new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master is rather compact for its class measuring just 83mm x 99.8mm and weighing just 16.3 oz (460g).
This is thanks to the latest and greatest, advanced optical technology that Sony employs in its top echelon lenses to deliver superb resolution and stunning contrast.
Likewise, the optical design is complimented by a couple of XA (extreme aspherical) elements and one aspherical lens element maintain excellent resolution throughout the entire image area and contribute to its compact and lightweight design.
In addition, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and a single Super ED glass element result in optical refinements that suppress chromatic aberration and deliver excellent contrast and precise rendering at all apertures.
Excellent Low-Light Performance for Video and Stills
Naturally, the new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master is useful in all types of low-light situations for both still and video capture, thanks to the maximum f/1.8 aperture. Creators can faithfully render point light sources, like stars for astrophotography, without having to use extremely slow shutter speeds.
A common problem plaguing wide angle lenses is light entering at extreme angles that could reflect internally. However, the new Sony 14mm F1.8 G Master uses Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II technology to maximize clarity and effectively subdue flare and ghosting.
Additionally, despite its ultra-wide angle FOV, the new 14mm can produce beautiful bokeh even at a wide open aperture. With a 9.8-inch minimum focus distance, the newest G Master also offers expanded possibilities for close-up still and video shooting and creates stunning bokeh known to Sony’s G Master premium series of lenses.
In addition, its precise XA elements, a 9-blade circular aperture mechanism and optimally controlled aberration allow the lens to produce exquisite background bokeh without the dreaded “onion-ring” effect.
Advanced, Quiet Autofocus System
The new Sony 14mm employs a couple of XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors. This means that focus can be accurately acquired and maintained even when shooting with narrow depth of field at open open apertures giving professional shooters the reliability they need to get the job done in challenging conditions.
Moreover, the newest G master enables quiet AF with minimal vibration for smooth focus transitions, perfect for video content creation.
The new lens also features several advanced and versatile control options including a focus hold button, a focus mode switch and a focus ring to ensure smooth, efficient operation in a wide range of shooting environments.
Focus Hold Button, Pro Controls
For added customization, a number of functions can be assigned to the focus hold button from the camera body interface. Additionally, the lens also features Linear Response MF for direct and precise manual focusing.
An aperture ring that allows intuitive aperture control and is also included, with click stops that can be switched ‘on’ for still photography or switched ‘off’ for smooth and quiet iris transition when capturing video.
Rear Filter Holder
Unlike most common lenses, the new Sony 14mm G Master includes a rear filter holder that accepts standard sheet-type filters for ND, color correction, soft filter and more.
Dust and Moisture Resistant Body Construction
Naturally for a G Master lens, the new 14mm features a dust and moisture resistant design for extra reliability in challenging conditions. The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants.
While the rear element is also fluorine coated to keep that surface clean when changing the rear filter. The lens also has a built-in petal hood that effectively blocks extraneous light that can cause flare and ghosting.
Pricing and Availability
The new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master is due to arrive in May for approximately $1,600 USD and $2,100 CAD. It will be sold through authorized Sony dealers such as B&H. You can pre-order via the links below.
Pre-order at B&H – Sony FE 14mm G Master