September 20, 2018

Sony Adds Full-Frame 24mm F1.4 G Master Lens To Lineup

Sony's new 24mm wide angle prime is tack sharp even at F1.4. 

Sony adds to its acclaimed G Master series full-frame E-mount lenses with a fresh FE 24mm F1.4 GM. Not to be confused with the G Lens line, this new wide angle prime brings the G Master series to eight different focal lengths that includes four primes (FE 24mm F1.4 GM, FE 85mm F1.4 GM, FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS, FE 400mm F2.8) and four zooms (FE 16-35mm F2.8, FE 24-70mm F2.8, FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS, FE 100-400mm). 

The 24mm F1.4 GM shares the same characteristics of its prime siblings, including full frame coverage, corner to corner resolution, a circular 11-blade aperture, its DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) autofocus and a barrel switch for both focus modes, and a de-click aperture ring. There's also a customizable focus hold button and Sony's Linear Response MF to fine-tune focus manually. 

Optically, it touts 10 groups in 13 elements with three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two XA (extreme aspherical) elements. Sony says the latter "ensures that point light sources like distant stars can be accurately reproduced" which is ideal for shooting stars. A Nano AR Coating has been added to reduce lens flare and ghosting. 

The FM 24mm F1.4 is compact and light, weighing 15.7 oz (445 g) and pairs well with the alpha series cameras. The lens will be available this October with pricing at $1,400 US and $1,900 CA. 

Tech Specs: 

  • Sony E-mount
  • 35 mm full frame
  • 24mm F1.4 
  • 10 Group, 13 Elements 
  • 11 Circular Aperture Blades
  • Angle of View (35mm): 84゚
  • Angle of View (APS-C): 61゚1
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.79 ft (0.24 m)
  • Max Magnification Ratio (X): 0.17
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Size: 3.75" (92.4mm) x 3" (75.4mm)
  • Weight: 15.7 oz (445 g)

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