Sony just announced three new compact G Lenses for full-frame E-mount cameras – FE 50mm f2.5 G, FE 40mm f2.5 G, and FE 24mm f2.8 G. The trio is priced at $599 USD each, and each lens is due to ship next month in April 2021.
They may be compact and lightweight, but are said to deliver high image quality and beautiful bokeh. Thus making them perfect for photographers and videographers alike who strive for standout shots and easy mobility.
When paired with a Sony full-frame camera or APS-C, all three lenses boast high resolution, intuitive operability and fast, precise and quiet autofocus capabilities. The lenses have been introduced as the perfect set for photo and video for a wide range of uses including snap shooting, portraiture and landscape shots.
Three Compact Primes for Sony alpha full-frame Mirrorless and Cine Cameras
Similar in size to the recently announced Sigma “i series” compact lenses, the trio of new Sony primes cover a wide range of scenarios. For example, the FE 50mm is best suited for portraits, while the 40mm can hit the streets easily and find a perfect balance of FOV and size on gimbals. And of course, the widest of the three – FE 24mm f2.8 G is more suitable for landscape photography.
In addition, the lens’ intuitive operability and superb build quality make them a fantastic set of three for any enthusiast photographer.
Lightweight, uniform size and 49mm front diameter
Furthermore, the three lenses share the same same size (68mm diameter x 45mm), as well as the same filter diameter at 49mm. This make it easy to share filters and accessories between the lenses without using step-up rings.
Additionally, they also weigh have roughly the same with the 50mm f2.5 G at 174g, 40mm at 173g and the wider 24mm f2.8 G being lightest at 162g.
However, what makes them particularly suitable for handheld gimbal use is their internal focus system. This means they don’t protrude forward when changing focus, which makes it easy to maintain the same size and balance when mounted on the gimbal.
Moreover, their stylish exterior design is complimented with the focal lengths, which are clearly marked on the side for quick manual focus (when needed).
High resolution, Fast and Quiet AF
The new Sony compact G lenses feature world-class optics using aspherical elements and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements so they can deliver high resolution images free of colour fringing. The aspherical elements ensure high resolution performance in every corner of the image, even from the widest aperture with shallow depth of field.
Also characterized by stunning bokeh, the new 50mm, 40mm, and 28mm all feature circular aperture design. In addition, the three lenses were carefully designed to be travel-friendly and lightweight enough to suit any location.
Furthermore, the Autofocus system of each lens features two linear motors to deliver fast, precise autofocus with excellent tracking performance. And this is even maintained despite instantaneous changes in subject motion – making the lens ideal snapping moving subjects. The AF is also said to be “quiet, so works for both still and movie shooting.”
Focus close to your subject
Focus distance with some compact lenses can be a bit problematic. However, according to Sony, their new FE 50mm F2.5 G has a minimum focus distance of 0.35m (AF) / 0.31m (MF) and maximum magnification of 0.18x (AF) / 0.21x (MF), meaning it’s ideal for a variety of scenes and objects.
Moving on the Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G has a minimum focus distance of 0.28m (AF) / 0.25m (MF). The 40mm FOV is sometimes preferred when recording video as a nice, natural perspective sandwiched in-between the classic 35mm and 50mm.
Gimbal users will sometimes prefer to throw in the FE 24mm F2.8 G lens to cover a wider perspective. And they will be pleased to note the lens’ minimum focus distance is rated at 0.24m in autofocus mode. Switch to manual focus and you can focus down to just 0.18m.
Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch, Aperture Ring
Despite their compact size, the lenses feature a focus hold button, focus mode switch, aperture ring, and an Aperture click switch. A manual aperture ring is important for video when you want more precise manual focus, so the ability to switch between AF and MF with a button on the side instead of digging in the menus is a big plus.
In addition, the focus hold button is customisable from the camera menu and can be assigned a function that you prefer. The aperture ring provides a more intuitive and direct feel, compared to operating the aperture from the camera body when shooting either stills or movies.
Click-less, smooth aperture ring for more focus control
The lenses also feature a switch on the side to de-click the aperture ring. Furthermore, with Linear Response MF, the focus ring responds precisely and linearly when focusing manually so control feels immediate and intuitive, directly reflecting the intent of the photographer and allowing delicate focus adjustments.
And last, but not least, the new Sony G lenses were also designed to be dust and moisture resistant, (although not a 100%) to offer protection from the elements in outdoor environments.
Pricing and Availability
The new Sony compact lenses announced earlier today are expected to ship in April. They are priced at $599 USD and you can pre-order them from B&H and other authorized vendors.
In the UK and EU the price is set at £630 and €700 each. For full technical details and specifications head over to Sony’s website here.
via Sony Europe