The FE 14mm F1.8 GM from Sony is Coming
Sony adds another log to the proverbial fire with the announcement of the FE 14mm F1.8 GM, a compact, large F1.8 aperture, the ultra-wide-angle lens that allows users to capture landscapes, architecture, starry skies and interiors in their best form. Lenses like these allow photographers to take their craft a little further down the line and offer looks and styles that were otherwise difficult ot obtain.
Extraordinary Resolution in a Compact and Lightweight Design
The new FE 14mm F1.8 GM features a compact optical design, measuring just 7.62cm x 10cm and weighing just 173g, with advanced optical technology that delivers fantastic resolution and stunning contrast. Two XA [extreme aspherical] elements maintain excellent resolution throughout the image area even at corners, which enables its compact and lightweight design. Two ED [Extra-low Dispersion] glass element and one Super ED glass element result in optical refinements that suppress chromatic aberration and deliver excellent contrast and precise rendering at all apertures. Big words = fixed issues that you typically see with older or lower quality lenses.
The FE 14mm F1.8 GM can produce beautiful bokeh at F1.8, even with the ultra-wide 14mm focal length. With a 24.8cm minimum focus distance, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM 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 managed aberration allow the FE 14mm F1.8 GM to produce exquisite background bokeh without the undesirable onion-ring effect.
“The newest member of Sony’s G Master series, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM, delivers extraordinary resolution, fast and quiet autofocus and is remarkably compact. We are constantly innovating based on the needs of our customers and will continue to develop the best technology so that they can realise their creative vision.”Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe.
Advanced and Quiet Autofocus
Using two XD [extreme dynamic] Linear Motors, focus can be accurately acquired and maintained even when shooting with narrow depth of field at F1.8, giving professional shooters the reliability they need to get the job done in challenging conditions. Moreover, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM enables quiet AF with minimal vibration for smooth focus transitions, perfect for video content creation.
Professional Level Control and Reliability
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. For added customisation, a number of functions can be assigned to the focus hold button from the camera body interface. The FE 14mm F1.8 GM also features Linear Response MF for direct and precise manual focusing. An aperture ring that allows intuitive aperture control is also included. For added creative freedom, the FE 14mm F1.8 GM includes a rear filter holder that accepts standard sheet-type filters for ND, colour correction, soft filter, etc.
A dust and moisture resistant design provides the reliability needed for challenging conditions. The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants. 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 GM will be available in May at a variety of Sony’s authorised dealers, for an estimated retail price of £1,400 / €1,600.