San Diego, CA—Sony unveiled an addition to their premium G Master full-frame E-mount interchangeable-lens series. The Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM (model SEL135F18GM) is a full-frame, large-aperture telephoto G Master prime lens.
Equipped with Sony’s most advanced optical technologies, “the FE 135mm F1.8 GM offers exceptionally high resolution and exquisite bokeh,” the company announced.
In addition, the lens combines rapid autofocus (AF) acquisition with a lightweight, portable form and professional functions. As a result, the lens is an option for professional portrait photographers, wedding photographers, sports photographers and imaging enthusiasts.
“Sony’s commitment to growing our lens lineup remains stronger than ever,” said Neal Manowitz, vice president, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics. “Our 31st native full-frame FE lens and 49th overall E-mount lens, the highly anticipated 135mm prime brings the acclaimed G Master quality to another popular focal length for both professionals and enthusiasts to enjoy. We will continue to drive market-leading innovation in all aspects of our imaging business, giving our customers the opportunity to capture and create like they never have before.”
Engineered for consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at f/1.8, the FE 135mm boasts an innovative optical design. It places XA (extreme aspherical) and super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements in the front group to effectively suppress common telephoto lens aberrations. In addition, the super ED element plus one ED glass element are strategically positioned to compensate for axial chromatic aberration. And for clarity, Sony applied its Nano AR coating, which reduces flare as well as ghosting that can occur when shooting backlit portraits.
The new model also features dual-autofocus groups in a floating focus arrangement. As a result, it provides improved close-up capability, allowing a minimum focus distance of less than 28 inches and a 1.25x-maximum magnification.
Additional Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Features
Moreover, the telephoto prime lens utilizes its XA element, refined with Sony’s latest bokeh simulation technologies, to control spherical aberration and achieve exquisite bokeh, Manowitz added. In addition, an 11-blade circular aperture mechanism contributes to realizing natural background defocus.
Furthermore, to ensure the lens keeps up with fast-moving portrait or sports subjects, it incorporates four of Sony’s proprietary XD linear motors—two for each group. There is also a control algorithm that helps to maximize control response and ensure quiet, low-vibration AF.
The FE 135mm F1.8 GM also includes professional controls to enhance ease of operation for both stills and movie shooting. They include an aperture ring that allows direct, intuitive aperture control as well as a focus ring that features Linear Response MF for fine manual focus control. Other features include: a focus range limiter switch; two customizable focus hold buttons; and a focus-mode switch that makes it possible to quickly select auto or manual focus.
Weighing in at 33.6 ounces, the FE 135mm F1.8 GM will ship in late April 2019. It will retail for $1,900.
New Circular Polarizing Filters
In addition to the new FE 135mm F1.8 GM lens, Sony announced a new lineup of circular polarizing filters. The new filters include models for lens diameters of 49mm, 55mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm.
Moreover, they preserve image quality and resolution about twice as effectively as Sony’s existing circular PL filter line. The new filters also feature a Zeiss T* coating to minimize flare and a slim filter design to prevent image vignetting and maximize overall performance.
The new circular polarizer filters will ship in May 2019, with the following prices:
- 49mm (model VF49CPAM2) – $100
- 55mm (model VF55CPAM2) – $110
- 62mm (model VF62CPAM2) – $140
- 67mm (model VF67CPAM2) – $155
- 72mm (model VF72CPAM2) – $165
- 77mm (model VF77CPAM2) – $180
- 82mm (model VF82CPAM2) – $230