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Sony 135mm f/1.8G Master Prime Lens Announced

Sony launches new telephoto 135mm f/1.8G Master Prime lens, wireless controller, and elaborates on firmware update for Alpha series cameras.

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Sony has announced a new 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens, for Sony E and FE mount cameras. The FE 135mm F1.8 GM will ship in Europe in April 2019, priced at approximately £1,750 / €2,000.

Have a look at Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Sample Photos.

With the popularity of mirrorless cameras on the rise and the Japanese electronics giant having done much to drive the market forward, today Sony has unveiled a new telephoto lens for its Alpha series mirrorless models in the fast and bright FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master. The second new product is a wireless controller in the RMT-P1BT.

Sony Remote Control

In addition Sony has also revealed a bit more about its Ver 5.0 firmware upgrade for its existing Sony Alpha 9, coming in March, which it describes as quite a big development. Improvements to the camera's AF system include real time tracking with real time eye auto focus, with 25 improvements in total. If it cant find an eye it changes automatically to object tracking. Free of charge, Sony could not provide the exact release date at the time of writing. Also previously announced is its Ver 3.0 firmware for the A7R III and A7 III, which it underlined now delivers Real Time Eye AF for animals, plus interval shooting for time lapse movies.

Chief features of the all-black wireless remote include Bluetooth connectivity, a claimed fast response, camera status feedback, plus it is dust and moisture resistant - like the camera bodies and lenses themselves - plus of course it's compact, like a slender TV remote. It can receive 360 degree signals from five metres away. Price is £65 or €75. Availability is from this April.


Sony FE 135mm F1 8 GMaster2

As for the new FE 85mm f/1.8 G Master lens, the barrel is of magnesium alloy construction, making it lightweight for its class, featuring a 11 blade circular aperture, with dual front and rear AD linear motors. Qualities include the ability to deliver an 'elegant' master bokeh with no 'onion ring' effect. On top of this, XA and Super ED glass elements combine to deliver what Sony describes as 'great corner to corner sharpness.'

Sony says the resolving power of the XA element is as precise as 0.01 microns. A floating focus mechanism delivers accurate, fast and quiet focusing at all focal lengths, which its maker claims makes it suitable for a wide variety of uses. A nano AR coating reduces any ghosting, while close ups with the robust-feeling lens are achievable down to 0.25 metres.

The G Master line up - of which this is the 9th lens - is pitched as offering great resolution and bokeh, as well as reliability in professional shooting scenarios. It's also about speed... as Sony sees the new lens' audience as including wedding and portrait photographers. Designed for movie shooting as well as stills, weight is 950g, making it light for its class.


Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Other sample images


Have a look at more Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Sample Photos.


From Sony: 26th February, 2019 - Sony Announces New Full-frame 135mm F1.8 G Master Prime Lens with Stunning Resolution and Bokeh, Excellent AF Performance


Sony today introduced a highly anticipated addition to their acclaimed G Master™ series of full-frame E-mount interchangeable lenses – a 135mm 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 135mm 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 line-up remains stronger than ever,” said Yann Salmon-Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging at Sony Europe.  “Our 31st native full-frame mirrorless lens, the highly anticipated 135mm 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.”


Realising consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.8, the FE 135mm 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 colour fringing and maximise overall resolution, ensuring outstanding image quality. For impressive clarity, Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting that can occur when shooting backlit portraits.   


The new telephoto prime lens utilises 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 towards 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 metres and a maximum magnification of 0.25x. 


To ensure that this lens can keep up with fast-moving portrait or sports subjects, the FE 135mm 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 maximise control response and ensure quiet, low-vibration AF. All of this exceptional performance is packaged in a compact, lightweight body weighing in at 950g. 


The FE 135mm 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 customisable 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 Polarising Filters

In addition to the new FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens, Sony has also announced a new line-up of Circular Polarising Filters. The new filters, including models for lens diameters 49mm, 55mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm, preserve image quality and resolution about twice[i] as effectively as Sony’s existing circular PL filter line-up, making them a perfect partner for Sony’s flagship G Master series lens. They also feature a ZEISS® T* Coating to minimise flare and a slim filter design to prevent image vignetting and maximise overall performance.   


The new circular polariser filters will ship in Europe in April 2019, priced at approximately:

  • 49mm (model VF-49CPAM2) - €110
  • 55mm (model VF-55CPAM2) - €120
  • 62mm (model VF-62CPAM2) - €150
  • 67mm (model VF-67CPAM2) - €170
  • 72mm (model VF-72CPAM2) - €180
  • 77mm (model VF-77CPAM2) - €200
  • 82mm (model VF-82CPAM2) - €260


A variety of exclusive stories, videos and exciting new content shot with the newest cameras and other Sony’s Alpha products can be found at Sony’s European photography hub is available in 22 languages and details product news, competitions and an up-to-date list of Sony events in each country.

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