When paired with a Sony full-frame or APS-C camera, all three offer high resolution, intuitive operability and fast, precise and quiet autofocus capabilities.
“We are constantly innovating to develop the best tools that allow photographers and video creators to realize their artistic visions,” says Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “With these three dynamic lenses, our customers can capture a wide range of perspectives with the excellent resolution and beautiful bokeh for which Sony’s G lenses are known.”
As a set, the lenses deliver an ideal focal length for any shoot, from wide-angle landscapes or establishing shots on the 24mm, to a versatile perspective with the 40mm, to a normal field of view ideal for closer shots on the 50mm.
The three lenses are all 2.68" x 1.77", have the same filter diameter (49mm) and are almost all the same weight, with the 24mm weighing 5.7 ounces and the 40mm and 50mm each weighing 6.1 ounces. This means users can easily switch among all three lenses when using a gimbal without needing to rebalance each time. Moreover, each lens focuses internally, enabling all three to balance well when using a gimbal. Focal lengths are clearly marked to facilitate easy switching.
The lenses combine the high image quality of a G Lens with a compact, lightweight form factor. State-of-the-art optics using aspherical elements and Extra-low Dispersion glass elements deliver high resolution and suppress color fringing from corner to corner, even from the widest aperture, with a shallow depth of field. The bokeh of G lenses is achieved with the optimization of a circular aperture and is delivered at the widest point of each lens.
The FE 50mm F2.5 G has a minimum focus distance of 0.35m (AF) / 0.31m (MF) and maximum magnification of up to 0.18x (AF) / 0.21x (MF). The FE 40mm F2.5 G has a minimum focus distance of 0.28m (AF) / 0.25m (MF) and maximum magnification of up to 0.20x (AF) / 0.23x (MF). The FE 24mm F2.8 G has a minimum focus distance of 0.24m (AF) / 0.18m (MF) and maximum magnification of up to 0.13x (AF) / 0.19x (MF).
The lenses feature a focus-hold button, focus-mode switch, aperture ring and aperture-click switch. The focus-hold button is customizable from the camera menu and can be assigned based on user preference. The aperture ring provides an intuitive and direct feel. The aperture also provides switchable click stops that can be turned off for movie shooting using the aperture-click switch. Furthermore, with Linear Response MF, the focus ring responds precisely when focusing manually, so control feels immediate and intuitive.
The diameter of the filter threads on the hood and the lens barrel are equal (49mm), allowing the same cap and filter to be attached to both the hood and the lens barrel. The lenses are also designed to be dust and moisture resistant.
All three lenses will be available in May and will list for $600.