Sony Announces New Full-Frame
135 mm F1.8 G Master Prime Lens with Stunning
Resolution and Bokeh, Excellent AF Performance
(ASIA PACIFIC, February 27, 2019) – Sony today introduced a highly anticipated addition to their acclaimed G Master™ series of full-frame E-mount interchangeable lenses: a 135 mm F1.8 full-frame, large-aperture telephoto prime lens (model SEL135F18GM).
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 135 mm 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 FE lens and E-mount lens lineup remains stronger than ever,” said Dai Tanaka, Director, Digital Imaging Division, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific. “Our 31st native full-frame mirrorless lens, the highly anticipated 135 mm prime brings the acclaimed G Master quality to another popular focal length for both professionals and enthusiasts to enjoy. This brings the total number of Sony’s native Alpha™ E-mount lenses to 49. 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 135 mm 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 the 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 to 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 135 mm 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 950 g.
α7R III with SEL135F18GM
The FE 135 mm 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.
New Circular Polarizing Filters
In addition to the new FE 135 mm F1.8 GM Lens, Sony has also announced a new lineup of Circular Polarizing Filters. The new filters, including models for lens diameters 49 mm, 55 mm, 62 mm, 67 mm, 72 mm, 77 mm, and 82 mm, preserve image quality and resolution about twice as effectively as Sony’s existing circular PL filter lineup, making them a perfect partner for Sony’s flagship G Master series lens. They also feature a ZEISS® T* Coating to minimize flare and a slim filter design to prevent image vignetting and maximize overall performance.
The FE 135 mm F1.8 GM will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from April 2019. The product feature video can be viewed on the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.
The new circular polarizer filters will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from April 2019:
49 mm (model VF-49CPAM2)
55 mm (model VF-55CPAM2)
62 mm (model VF-62CPAM2)
67 mm (model VF-67CPAM2)
72 mm (model VF-72CPAM2)
77 mm (model VF-77CPAM2)
82 mm (model VF-82CPAM2)
About Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Based in Singapore, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. It serves as the regional management and marketing headquarters for Sony’s consumer as well as broadcasting and professional products, overseeing the Asia, Middle East, and Africa regions. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Asia Pacific, please visit www.sony-asia.com
About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment, and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $77 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. Sony Global Website: http://www.Sony.net/