Sony has launched three new A-Mount lenses as part of plans to renew key hi-end lenses in the Sony Alpha range.
The Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II and Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM lenses complement the impressive imaging capabilities of Sony’s full-frame α99 SLT
(Translucent Mirror) camera. While the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II is a light, compact 3x zoom that’s an ideal partner for A-mount cameras with APS-C sensors.
Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II telephoto zoom
Sony’s G lens line-up is strengthened for 2013 with the revised 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II. Ideal for capturing wildlife and action-packed sports, the upgraded super-telephoto zoom builds further on the premium performance of its predecessor with enhanced optics and faster, more responsive autofocus. With its new LSI drive circuit, autofocus speed of the SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor) is around four times quicker than before. Teamed with enhanced tracking AF, the upgraded lens is now even more suitable for capturing stills and Full HD video of fast-moving subjects.
Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II Hands-On Photos of Equipment
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
The new Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM joins the existing Distagon 24mm, Planar 85mm and Sonnar 135mm in the A-mount range of prime length optics by Carl Zeiss. Offering a fixed 50mm focal length and extra-bright F1.4 aperture, the premium lens is an ideal choice for quality-critical portraiture and low-light shooting.
Featuring eight elements in five groups, with two aspherical elements, the brand new optical design is optimised for superb results with Sony’s full-frame α99
Exceptional resolving power and contrast at all apertures are teamed with smooth, quiet autofocusing and a rear-focus system that maintains the same lens body length during AF. While the dust- and moisture-resistant design extend the appeal of the new lens to a wide range of outdoor shooting applications.
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II zoom
Boasting second-generation styling, this new lens succeeds the popular DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM that was introduced in 2011. The light, compact 3x zoom lens covers a frequently used range of focal lengths, from wide-angle 18mm to standard 55mm (35mm camera equivalent range: 27-82.5mm).
While retaining the same smooth AF motor (SAM) as its predecessor, newly-designed rear lens elements suppress flare and ghosting, while mechanical elements have been upgraded for a more positive, comfortable operation.
Sony also announced the HVL-F20M flash gun
that’s ideal for brightening up portraits, interiors and dimly lit scenes. Despite its compact size, it’s packed with pro-style features including wireless control, for fuss-free multi flash set-ups, a simple bounce operation and Auto White Balance compensation for more accurate, natural-looking white balance.
As well as this, the RM-VPR1 wired remote commander
was also launched.
The new lenses and accessories will be available from March to May 2013. The 70-400mm f/4-5.6 telephoto zoom will be available for £1800 from March, the 50mm f/1.4 for £1300 from May, and the 18-55mm for £180 is due in April, to coincide with the launch of the Sony Alpha A58
For more information, visit the Sony website