Sony Announces New 135mm f/1.8 Full-Frame G Master E-Mount Lens

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Prime Lens

Sony expands it’s line-up of FE (full-frame e-mount) lenses with an all-new 135mm f/1.8 G Master prime lens. This new lens rides the heels of the extremely popular, but extremely difficult-to-get FE 24mm f/1.4 G Master prime lens. It will be interesting to see if the popularity of the 135mm f/1.8 will take off like the 24mm f/1.4. In our experience, wide-angle prime lenses outsell telephoto prime lenses, so this early in the announcement, we would guess not. However, the 135mm f/1.8 is getting many great accolades with rumors suggesting this lens may be the sharpest of it’s kind. Claims such as that will certainly help win over a lot of photogs. Sony is marketing the 135mm f/1.8 for it’s sharpness, bokeh, and impressively quick autofocus. We’re already convinced it will be a great lens, and can’t wait to get our hands on one.

The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM lens will be available before the end of April, and sells for $1,898. You can pre-order a lens using the link below:

$1,898.00 This item will be released at a future date.

 

For additional information on this new lens, we’ve reproduced the Sony news release here:

Sony Electronics Inc. Announces New Full-frame 135mm F1.8 G Master Prime Lens with Stunning Resolution and Bokeh, Excellent AF Performance

Sony Electronics – 02/26/2019

SAN DIEGOFeb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics Inc. today introduced a highly anticipated addition to their acclaimed G Master™ series of full-frame E-mount interchangeable lenses – a 135mm F1.8 full-frame, large-aperture telephoto prime lens (model SEL135F18GM).

Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens

Equipped with Sony’s most advanced optical technologies, the new lens is built to meet the extremely high standards of Sony’s G Master series. The new FE 135mm F1.8 GM offers exceptionally high resolution and exquisite bokeh, two qualities that are signature attributes of Sony’s flagship G Master brand. The new lens combines rapid autofocus (AF) acquisition with a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions, making it a versatile, high-performance tool for professional portrait photographers, wedding photographers, sports photographers and a wide variety of imaging enthusiasts.

“Sony’s commitment to growing our lens lineup remains stronger than ever,” said Neal Manowitz, vice president of imaging solutions at 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.”

Realizing consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.8, the FE 135mm F1.8 GM boasts an innovative optical design that places XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in the front group to effectively suppress all common telephoto lens aberrations. Additionally, the Super ED element plus one ED glass element are strategically positioned to compensate for axial chromatic aberration, minimize color fringing and maximize overall resolution, ensuring outstanding image quality. For impressive clarity, Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting that can occur when shooting backlit portraits.

The new telephoto prime lens utilizes its XA element, refined with Sony’s latest bokeh simulation technologies during the design and manufacturing stages, to control spherical aberration and achieve exquisite bokeh. In addition, an 11-bladed circular aperture mechanism contributes towards achieving extremely natural and beautiful background defocus. The exciting new model also features dual-autofocus groups in a floating focus arrangement for improved close-up capability, allowing a minimum focus distance of just 0.7 meters and a maximum magnification of 0.25x.

To ensure that this lens can keep up with fast-moving portrait or sports subjects, the FE 135mm F1.8 GM has been equipped with a total of four of Sony’s proprietary XD linear motors—two for each group—that achieve rapid, reliable and speedy AF tracking and performance. There is also a control algorithm that helps to maximize control response and ensure quiet, low-vibration AF. All of this exceptional performance is packaged in a compact, lightweight body weighing in at 33.6 oz.

The FE 135mm F1.8 GM includes a number of professional controls that enhance ease of operation for both stills and movie shooting. These include an aperture ring that allows direct, intuitive aperture control and a focus ring that features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control. There is also 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 to match changing shooting conditions.

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