Sony Announces 50mm, 40mm, 24mm G Series Prime Lenses for Filmmakers

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Sony adds to its growing G lenses with three focal lengths.

Sony has announced the FE 50mm F2.5 G, FE 40mm F2.5 G, and FE 24mm F2.8 G to its G lens series for videographers and still photographers alike. The new focal lengths cover full-frame or APS-C cameras with Sony E-mount and combine a fast aperture with the quiet autofocus Sony shooters have grown to enjoy.

The G lenses from Sony are its more affordable lenses when compared to the G Master lineup, but they don't slouch when it comes to image performance. The lenses combine the high image quality of a G Lens with a compact and lightweight form factor. Optically, the lenses have aspherical elements and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements to minimize color fringing while delivering high resolution and a shallow depth of field.

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The three lenses are all the same size (2.68 in diameter x 1.77 in), have the same filter diameter (49mm), and are nearly identical in weight. The 50mm F2.5 G is 6.1 oz, the 40mm F2.5 G 6.1 oz, and the 24mm F2.8 G is 5.7 oz, making them ideal for gimbal or drone setups.

For close focusing:

  • The 50mm F2.5 G has a minimum focus distance of 0.35m (AF) / 0.31m (MF) and maximum magnification of up to 0.18x (AF) / 0.21x (MF).
  • The 40mm F2.5 G has a minimum focus distance of 0.28m (AF) / 0.25m (MF) and maximum magnification of up to 0.20x (AF) / 0.23x (MF).
  • The 24mm F2.8 G has a minimum focus distance of 0.24m (AF) / 0.18m (MF) and maximum magnification of up to 0.13x (AF) / 0.19x (MF).

The barrel of the lenses comes equipped with a focus hold button, focus mode switch, and an aperture click switch ideal for video shooters. The lenses are also compatible with Sony autofocus in both video and still mode, featuring two linear motors for fast AF performance.

Each lens is made from an aluminum exterior and is dust and moisture-resistant.

The 50mm F2.5 G, 40mm F2.5 G, and 24mm F2.8 G are all priced at $600 and will be available in May.     

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I'd suggest these are explicitly targeted at photographers, not filmmakers. While the declickable aperture is great, it seems these designs prioritized the compact size demanded by street photographers. In addition, there's quite a bit of focus breathing, which I know a lot of filmmakers hate.

March 24, 2021 at 9:30AM

Nicholas Tinsley

I think you're spot on. These are a great match for the a7c. The aperture ring really seems to be there to make up for the lack of a front dial on that camera. The only film making application these seem suited for is drone work - which they would be killer for!

March 24, 2021 at 10:05PM

Dan F