San Diego, CA—Sony Electronics strengthened its lens lineup with three more full-frame E-mount G lenses. The FE 50mm f/2.5 G (model SEL50F25G), FE 40mm f/2.5 G (model SEL40F25G) and FE 24mm f/2.8 G (model SEL24F28G) are built for high image quality as well as artistic bokeh in lightweight, compact bodies.
New Trio of E-Mount G Lenses
Moreover, as a set, the FE 50mm f/2.5 G, FE 40mm f/2.5 G and FE 24mm f/2.8 G deliver an ideal focal length for any shoot. For instance, the 24mm is a solution for wide-angle landscapes or establishing shots; the 40mm provides a closer versatile perspective; and the 50mm achieves a normal field of view ideal for portraits as well as closer shots.
In addition, the lenses are all the same size (2.68-inch diameter x 1.77 inches), and all have the same 49mm filter diameter. Further, they are almost all the same weight: FE 50mm f/2.5 G, 6.1 ounces; FE 40mm f/2.5 G. 6.1 ounces; and FE 24mm f/2.8 G, 5.7 ounces. Consequently, users can easily switch between them when using a gimbal without needing to rebalance each time.
Each lens also focuses internally, so the front element does not move in and out to focus. This again enables the lenses to balance when using a gimbal. And, they all feature the same exterior design with focal lengths clearly marked.
What’s more, the new trio features aspherical elements and ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements. They deliver high resolution and suppress color fringing from corner to corner, even from the widest aperture, with a shallow depth of field.
The pleasing bokeh produced by these E-mount G lenses is achieved with the optimization of a circular aperture; it is delivered at the widest point of each lens.
Further, the FE 50mm f/2.5 G has a minimum focus distance of 13.8 inches (AF)/12.2 inches (MF). It also offers a maximum magnification of up to 0.18x (AF)/0.21x (MF).
The FE 40mm f/2.5 G provides a minimum focus distance of 11 inches (AF)/9.8 inches (MF) and maximum magnification of up to 0.20x (AF)/0.23x (MF). Particularly for movie shooting, 40mm is the preferred angle of view, because it corresponds to the natural field of vision. For stills, 40mm allows subjects to stand out against backgrounds.
Finally, with a wide 24mm angle of view, the FE 24mm f/2.8 G has a minimum focus distance of 9.4 inches (AF)/7 inches (MF). Its maximum magnification is 0.13x (AF)/0.19x (MF). As a result, photographers can shoot close-ups with a blurred background.
The lenses also feature a focus hold button; a focus mode switch; an aperture ring; and an aperture click switch. The focus hold button is customizable from the camera menu and is assignable based on user preference.
The aperture ring provides an intuitive and direct feel, compared to operating the aperture from the camera body. The aperture also provides switchable click stops that users can turn off for movie shooting via the aperture click switch. Furthermore, with linear response MF, the focus ring responds precisely and linearly when focusing manually.
In addition, the lenses each employ two linear motors to deliver fast, precise AF with tracking that’s maintained despite instantaneous changes in subject motion. They also feature aluminum exteriors along with dust and moisture resistance (not the 24mm).
All three lenses will reach retail in May 2021. Each will have a suggested retail price of $600.