Sony Unveils Trio Of Wide-Angle APS-C E-Mount Lenses
Sony Electronics unveiled Wednesday an expansion to its E-mount lens lineup with three new wide-angle APS-C lens family options.
The E-mount trio will be available starting in July and includes the power zoom G lens E PZ 10-20mm F4 G (model SELP1020G) carrying a $749.99 suggested retail, the G lens E 15mm F1.4 G (model SEL15F14G) carrying a $749.99 suggested retail, and the ultra-wide prime E 11mm F1.8 (model SEL11F18) carrying a $549.99 suggested retail.
The latest introductions expand Sony’s E-mount lens family to 70 different lens options, offering new tools for capturing precision still shots and videos.
“Amidst the ever-changing camera market, Sony’s commitment to creating industry-leading tech for all its customers is unwavering,” stated Yang Cheng, Sony Imaging Solutions Vice President. “In recent years we’ve seen a growing customer demand for video-and-vlogging-first products that are lightweight and include creator-driven features. We see the APS-C platform as the perfect option for these video-first and hybrid creators, and we’re dedicated to creating new products that will allow them to capture and create in ways they never could before.”
The Sony E PZ 10-20mm F4 G is billed as “the world’s smallest and lightest , ultra-wide angle, constant F4 APS-C power zoom lens.
The compact zoom lens brings sharp G Lens imagery, fast and accurate autofocus (AF) performance, and versatile power zooming. The lens will remain at a constant length throughout the zoom range and offers refined visual expression and operability, the company said.
The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G offers a sharp wide angle of view with a 10-20mm zoom range and a clean and clear image from corner to corner at all zoom settings. The lense’s three aspherical elements are positioned to suppress field curvature and astigmatism, both of which are common problems in ultra-wide-angle lenses.
The optical path also includes two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that effectively subdue chromatic aberration. An ED aspherical element further contributes to high resolution to the image edges.
The minimum autofocus distance is 8 inches (0.2 meters) with a maximum magnification of 0.14x, while minimum manual focus distance is 5 to 6.7 inches (0.13 to 0.17-meters) with a maximum magnification of 0.18x.
The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G is 20% lighter than its predecessor (SEL1018), making it the smallest and lightest lens in its class with a total weight of 6.3 ounces (178 grams). The compact power zoom lens E PZ 10-20mm F4 G is designed to maximize control and versatility for video as well as stills with a focus ring, zoom ring and zoom lever.
A customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch have been thoughtfully incorporated to easily adapt in changing shooting conditions. Users can attach 62mm screw-on filters, such as variable ND filters, for more creative control. The lens has also been designed to be dust and moisture resistant to provide extra reliability.
The new E 15mm F1.4 G, is a compact and lightweight prime lense offering a shallow depth of field and precise G lens resolution in a versatile APS-C lens design. This compact and lightweight prime lens delivers dynamic imagery, and includes excellent AF (autofocus) capabilities, along with high operability and control. The E 15mm F1.4 G is great for both still and cinematic imagery.
The E 15mm F1.4 G lens has a wide 15mm view with impressive G lens resolution.
Three aspherical elements in an advanced optical design effectively compensate for distortion and deliver sharp corner-to-corner resolution, despite the lens’ wide 15 mm angle of view. The addition of one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element and one Super ED glass element suppresses chromatic aberration.
The large F1.4 maximum aperture, controlled spherical aberration and circular aperture mechanism enables smooth, background bokeh for an artist effect.
The minimum focusing distance of 6.7 inches (0.17 meters) and maximum magnification of 0.15x when manual focus make the lens a useful tool for close-ups shooting stills of video.
The fast, precise and quiet AF performance is excellent for tracking subjects using two advanced linear motors. This maximizes the speed potential of the camera body used to maintain accurate focus, even when focusing on fast-moving subjects, Sony said.
By combining aspherical elements and an effective design, this lens achieves a large aperture and high resolution. The lens weighs 7.7 ounces (219 grams), measures 2.6 inches (66.6 mm) in diameter and 2.74 inches (69.5 mm) in length.
The E 15mm F1.4 G includes an aperture ring for direct control with an aperture click switch that can be switched ON or OFF: ON for tactile feedback that lets the user “feel” the stops, or OFF for smooth, continuous, silent aperture control. The OFF setting enables smooth and stable control for video and is also ideal when silent operation is essential.
A focus hold button and focus mode switch are also provided for extra flexibility. The focus mode switch makes it possible to quickly switch between AF and MF as needed.
A wide angle of view, compact dimensions, and light weight make useful for shooting starry skies, landscapes, architecture, and indoor scenes, as well as subjects that require mobility such as sports.
The E 15mm F1.4 G is designed with dust and moisture resistance providing extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions.
The E 11mm F1.8 is a compact large aperture, ultra-wide APS-C prime lens designed for vloggers and shooting video on the go. The lens is a 16.5mm full-frame (35mm) equivalent length with what Sony said is “outstanding corner-to-corner resolution, gorgeous bokeh and fast, reliable AF for dramatic expression and stunning selfie-style content.”
The Sony E 11mm F1.8 is designed for vlogging with high resolution and artistic Bokeh.
The E 11mm F1.8’s ultra-wide angle of view and compact size are ideal for vlogging with selfie-style recording at arm’s length as well as interior shots and images that make expressive use of depth of field.
Three aspherical elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements maintain high resolution across the entire image frame. The aspherical lens elements are carefully positioned to compensate for distortion and ensure sharp images even with the aperture wide open.
The addition of ED glass further suppresses chromatic aberration and effectively reduces color fringing that is more likely to occur in the image periphery.
The large F1.8 maximum aperture of this lens makes it easy to achieve deep and natural background bokeh. Users can blur the background to make subjects clearly standout when vlogging, or create artistic blur effects in ultra-wide night scenes. Precisely controlled spherical aberration and a circular aperture mechanism further contribute to the smooth bokeh produced by this unique lens.
With a minimum focusing distance of 4.7 inches (0.12 meters) and maximum magnification of 0.2x the lens can deliver impressive close-ups for both stills and videos.
Optimized for video work, the lens’ two advanced linear motors provide fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking for both stills and video, while maximizing the speed potential of the camera body. Linear Response MF keeps ensures the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually so it feels immediate and precise, Sonys said.
Sony said its new lens technology greatly reduces focus breathing and angle-of-view variations are minimized for smooth, stable video. The E 11mm F1.8’s ultra-wide 11mm angle of view makes vlogging against a wide background easy.
The Sony E 11mm F1.8’s small size and light weight are great for mobility and handling for lengthy walk-around shooting sessions. The E 11mm F1.8 boasts a large F1.8 maximum aperture in a compact, lightweight lens. It weighs 6.4 ounces (181 grams) and is only 2.6 inches (66 mm) in diameter and 2.26 inches (57.5 mm) in length – a perfect match for compact APS-C format bodies. The lens’ dust and moisture resistant design provides extra reliability.
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By Greg Tarr
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