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Sony unveils new ultra-wide addition to their G Master series of lenses

By Ken Wong - on 9 Jul 2020, 12:30pm

Sony unveils new ultra-wide addition to their G Master series of lenses

The latest addition to Sony’s G Master series lenses

Sony has announced an addition to its full-frame lens line-up with the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM (model SEL1224GM) a large- aperture, ultra-wide zoom lens. Sony says the lens is ideal for landscapes, astrophotography, architecture, and any situation where an ultra-wide perspective would help.

Take some lovely scenic shots

Part of Sony’s G Master series lenses, it can deliver image quality up to an ultra-wide 12mm angle of view with F2.8 constant aperture, combined with bokeh effects. And the form factor isn’t much larger than other ultra-wise FF lenses at 97.6mm x 137mm and weighing 847g.


A premium build quality

Sony says the new lens is ideal for shooting night scenes

The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM features three XA (extreme aspherical) elements. These XA elements, with the addition of a further aspherical element, effectively suppress astigmatism, coma and field curvature right out to the image edges to produce outstanding corner-to-corner image quality throughout the entire zoom range, Sony says.

Sony added that the 12–24mm zoom with a constant F2.8 maximum aperture is ideal for shooting night scenes, starry skies, and other low-light subjects at low sensitivities without having to use extremely slow shutter speeds.

Check out the scene at night

It also has 3 extra-low dispersion (ED) and 2 Super ED glass elements. They are coated with a new generation of Sony's precision treatment (Nano AR Coating II) for these components. All this means the complete lens may be capable of superior bokeh as well as corner-to-corner detail.

The lens is dust and moisture resistant and the front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants while making it easier to wipe off any fingerprints from the lens surface.


Overcoming the AF challenges

Four original high-speed, high-thrust XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors are used to ensure compatibility with the speed performance of both current and future camera bodies.

It uses two motors for each of the lens’s focus groups, to make AF fast and precise. New control algorithms maximise the response of the XD Linear Motor system while achieving flawless synchronisation between the two focus groups. There is also instant switching between auto and manual focus mode for situations that require fine manual focus adjustment.

Action shots are simply amazing

Sony says the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM uses a floating mechanism for outstanding close-up performance, but also outstanding sharpness with subjects at any distance.

Additional benefits include extremely quiet operation with minimal vibration and lower power consumption the company says.


Pricing and availability

The lens is pricy however

Sony says that the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM will be available worldwide in August. Currently, only the US pricing is available at US$2,999 with the company saying local details will be announced closer to the launch date.

You can eventually expect them to be available at Sony Stores, Online, and Sony's flagship store on Lazada from August 2020.