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Sony announces the new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master lens

The new G Master. (Source: Sony)
The new G Master. (Source: Sony)
Sony asserts that its latest lens is a particularly compact and versatile example of its G Master series. The new accessory has a large F1.8 aperture, and advanced optical components rated for enhanced resolution and reduced distortion. Therefore, the OEM asserts it is as suitable for ultra-wide photography as it is for low-light shots and bokeh shots.

Sony has just introduced its latest 14mm prime lens. The new G Master is a markedly portable exponent of this category, being just 3.375 x 4 inches (83mm x 99.8mm), and weighing just 16.3 oz (460g) despite its main specs. The OEM asserts that it can handle extreme low-light shooting (even astrophotography) as easily as it would landscape or interior photography.

The new FE 14mm attachment has an F1.8 aperture, which might draw users most interested in bokeh. Sony has packed it with the 9-blade circular aperture mechanism and aberration control necessary to avoid the undesirable onion-ring effect. Then again, it also has the combination of extreme aspherical (2); aspherical (1); extra-low dispersion (ED; 2) and Super ED (1) elements for enhanced resolution, clarity and contrast across the board.

The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master also has an 9.8-inch minimum focus distance, which also renders it suitable for close-ups. It also features automatic and manual focus that should be smooth and possibly quieter than average thanks to its extreme dynamic linear motors and Linear Response technology respectively.

Finally, the new FE variant (or SEL14F18GM) features a rear holder for several types of standard sheet-filters, so that the user can even add ND or soft effects at will. It will be available in May 2021, and has a guide-price of US$1,600 or CA$2,100 at present.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-24 (Update: 2021-04-24)