Sony announced two new prime lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras (and a new flash)

Feb 7, 2017

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Sony announced two new prime lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras (and a new flash)

Feb 7, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Good news for Sony shooting team will make portrait photographers especially happy: Sony has announced two new prime lenses for their full frame mirrorless cameras. One is Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS, and the other is Sony FE 85mm f/1.8. In addition, they have also announced a new wireless radio flash, Sony HVL-F45RM.

FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

This lens is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. However, you can use ii on APS-C models, where it will provide a 150mm equivalent focal length. It incorporates an apodization element that improves the quality of bokeh. Combined with rounded 11-blade diaphragm, it makes bokeh smoother and more rounded. Here are some sample shots:

The lens is designed to reduce color fringing, chromatic aberrations and peripheral highlight distortion due to vignetting. One aspherical element controls spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness. A Nano AR Coating reduces surface reflections, flare, and ghosting.

This lens provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus. Also, if features SteadyShot image stabilization for sharper images when hand-holding the camera at slower shutter speeds. Last but not least, it’s dust-, moisture- and cold-resistant, so it takes harsh conditions pretty well. let’s take a look at the specs:

Performance
Focal Length 100mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/20
Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 24°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.87′ (57 cm)
Magnification 0.25x
Elements/Groups 14/11
Diaphragm Blades 11, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.35 x 4.65″ (85.2 x 118.1 mm)
Weight 1.54 lb (700 g)

The FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS will be available for preorders starting from Thursday, February 9. You will be able to get them at the price of $1,498.00.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

85mm, the favorite prime lens of many portrait photographers, also arrives for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. Again, you can use this model on APS-C models, and it will provide a 127.5mm equivalent focal length. It features wider aperture than the previous lens: f/1.8. It will help you fine-tune the depth of field and work in low light conditions. If features a rounded nine-blade diaphragm, for pleasing bokeh quality.

One extra-low dispersion element is featured in the optical design and helps to limit color fringing and chromatic aberrations. It allows better color accuracy and higher overall image quality.

This lens features linear autofocus motor. It delivers smooth, precise, and almost silent focusing, which will be beneficial for both still and video shooting.

Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.62′ (80 cm)
Magnification 0.13x
Elements/Groups 9/8
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Features
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 3.23″ (78 x 82 mm)
Weight 13.09 oz (371 g)

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens will also be available for preorders from Thursday, February 9. It comes with a price tag of $598.

Sony HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash

In addition to the two new prime lenses, Sony has also announced the HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash. It features a built-in 2.4 GHz radio transceiver and supports P-TTL / ADI metering. It can be set as a commander or a remote that fully supports Sony’s existing radio commanders and receivers. It works with up to 15 flashes in five groups, and accesses 14 channels. This flash works within Sony’s optical wireless flash system as well, where it is also able to operate as either a commander or remote unit. Here are the specs:

Mount Shoe
Guide No. 147.64′ (45 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control ADI / P-TTL, Manual
Vari-Power 1/1 – 1/128
Bounce Head -8° to +150°
Swivel Head 360°
Coverage 15 mm – 105 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm – 105 mm
Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 – 2.5 seconds
Flash Duration 0.0017 sec @ Full Power
Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Wireless Operation Method: RF
Distance: Up to 98.43′ / 30 m
Method: Optical pulse
Distance: Up to 16.40′ / 5 m
Wireless Communication Channels 14 Channels
Wireless Groups 5 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.7 x 4.5 x 3.5″ / 69.4 x 113.7 x 88.3 mm
Weight 11.18 oz / 317 g

Like the lenses, the flash comes on the same day: February 9, 2017. This is when it will be available for preorders, and the price is $398.

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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