G Master lenses in focus
Revealing Souls in Portraits
If portraiture was as simple as hollering ‘cheese’ at your subjects or as quick as taking a selfie, everyone would be doing it.
But it isn't.
Portrait photography comprises a wide spectrum of intricacies that requires a certain level of experience and expertise to master. From tweaking a camera’s settings to possessing some ‘people’ skills, there are so many things to keep track of.
Honing your portraiture prowess will require a considerable amount of effort and time. And it doesn’t hurt to be equipped with the best to master this unique subgenre easily.
Sony’s range of G Master lenses, namely the FE 135 mm F1.8 GM (SEL135F18GM), FE 85 mm F1.4 GM (SEL85F14GM) and FE 100 mm F2.8 STF GM OSS (SEL100F28GM), brings to the table all the makings of a stunning portrait.
Alpha 7R IV | FE 135mm F1.8 GM | 135mm | 1/200 sec | f/11 | ISO 400
SEL135F18GM – Capturing the drama of fashion shoots
Professional photographer Nicky Loh counts on the SEL135F18GM for accomplishing visual feats on a fashion shoot.
For portraiture, the lens—the photographer explained—is able to isolate the background from the subject seamlessly. It even performs undeterred in busy environments, which prompted him to fittingly describe the lens as a ‘lifesaver’ for challenging assignments.
The aperture prime telephoto lens has incredible bokeh with an 11-blade aperture to ensure circular out-of-focus highlights even at F4 and beyond. Plus, Nano AR coating immensely reduces flaring and ghosting.
Alpha 7R IV | FE 135mm F1.8 GM | 135mm (approx. 4.6x crop) | 1/200 sec | f/11 | ISO 400
When it comes to chromatic aberration, the lens possesses stellar XA (Extreme Aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements to remove blur and noticeable colored edges (red, green, blue, yellow, purple, magenta) that appear around objects in photos.
Furthermore, the lens’ dual front and rear XD (Extreme Dynamic) linear motors achieve fast, precise, and quiet AF even in low light.
“It’s a joy not to have to worry about focus during shoots as the lens does all the work for you,” he said.
Watch the video below to witness Nicky’s performance at a fashion shoot with the help of the SEL135F18GM.
SEL85F14GM – The ultimate portrait prime
For the all-rounded portrait lens, look to the fast, short telephoto lens of the SEL85F14GM.
The fantastic FE 85 mm F1.4GM offers a whole new dimension of portrait performance, boasting the most advanced tech in the G Master series.
Alpha 7 III | FE 85mm F1.4 GM | 85mm | 1/8000 sec | f/1.4 | ISO 500
Expect to achieve impressive dimensionality in photos with the lens. It is built with an 11-blade circular diaphragm for smooth, soft-edged bokeh in stunning resolution. Furthermore, the bokeh dissolves into the backdrop with natural coloration and highlights, thanks to the new XA element.
Where chromatic aberration is concerned, the lens’ three ED glass elements keep this occurrence at bay, while contributing to its optical performance with outstanding sharpness and clarity. Nano AR coating also limits ghosting and lens flare, and instead maximizes the natural highlights of its breathtaking bokeh. The SEL85F14GM also never fails to ensure that any moments captured are always picture perfect.
With high-resolution potential comes a high level of focus precision. The lens possesses two position sensors that enhance the accuracy of the SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor). Furthermore, it sports a dust- and moisture-resistant design for demanding shooting situations, plus a dedicated focus bold button and aperture ring with switchable click stops for further control while shooting.
SEL100F28GM – Rediscover bokeh in portraits
A fitting addition to the G Master series, the SEL100F28GM stands out in its own right with the innovative STF™ (Smooth Transition Focus) technology, which uses an apodization filter to achieve extraordinary smooth bokeh with rounded depth-of-field highlights in both foreground and background like no other lenses.
Alpha 7R III | FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS| 100mm | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 50
The extreme resolution and sharpness of the FE 100 mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens are attributed to its ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and aspherical elements, which suppress both spherical and chromatic aberrations as well. Nano coating also minimizes lens flare and ghosting for beautiful contrast and color fidelity in harsh lighting conditions.
With a dust- and moisture-sealed build, the lens performs amazingly in any shooting situation with a Direct Drive SSM for quick and quiet autofocusing, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to ensure blur-free images.
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